Warm temperatures have many of us reaching for ice cream, gelato and Italian ice, but frozen custard is another Midwestern treat that's popular this time of year and there are now a pair of frozen custard shops worth sampling right here in Chicago.
You might think the Italian beef and the deep dish pizza are Chicago's oldest culinary icons, but they've got nothing on shrimp de jonghe, which was created by two brothers at their namesake restaurant and hotel, in the 1890s.
Many restaurants in the area tout their connections to local farmers, but Gather in Lincoln Square takes the farm connection very seriously, featuring a daily dish plus a monthly dinner, spotlighting one or two farms in particular.
Chicago has quite a few specialty grocery stores, places like the Standard Market in Westmont, Trader Joe's and even Whole Foods, but Plum Market is the latest entry in the market actually from suburban Detroit.
Dining alfresco is an annual, albeit brief, indulgence in the summertime and despite the number of sidewalk cafes, there aren't as many rooftops serving dinner, but the Hungry Hound has found at least five worth the trip.
There are plenty of food trucks roaming around Chicago, but only a handful are allowed to actually cook on board and a pair of new trucks are definitely worth seeking out, one is primarily in the suburbs, while the other sticks to the city streets.