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In 1938, Al Ferreri—yes, that Al—started slinging beef sandwiches in Little Italy. Legions of competitors followed suit and the delicacy took off, or so one popular version of the origin story goes. Point is, somewhere along the way the humble Italian beef sandwich became one of the most iconic Chicago dishes. Now you’d be hard-pressed to throw a rock in our city without hitting a beef stand—but not all are worth the messy hands and the unmistakable eau de jus that seems to linger for hours. From the Loop to the ‘burbs, these are the best Italian beef sandwiches in Chicago.
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