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Serving some of the city's best chili since 1924, this Chicago original entices local families and a late-night crowd of hungry cops. It's a modest space with a low drop ceiling, with vintage sports photos adorning the dark, wood-paneled walls. Singles grab stools at the long, narrow bar, while seat-yourself booths and tables offer more breathing room for couples with kids.
Locals rave about the thick, hearty tomato- and ground beef-flecked chili, served with or without beans or macaroni plus cheese, sour cream and chopped onions on request. For a twist, try some atop cavatelli with a side of garlic bread for dipping. Crunchy charred Polish sausage with salty, hand-cut fries is another favorite. On the sweet side, there are mile-high, old-fashioned sundaes topped with real whipped cream and Nabisco wafers; belt-busting banana splits; and triple-thick chocolate milk shakes topped with maraschino cherries.
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