48 Hours in Chicago

Tony cruises around the Windy City, has a damn-good hot dog, has a drink with painter and blogger Bruce Cameron Elliott, and dines with Top Chef champion Stephanie Izard.

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Billy Goat Tavern

Blogger Bruce Cameron Elliott takes Tony to his favorite burger spot, the famous Billy Goat Tavern.

430 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Bobak's Market

Bobak's is a popular grocery store and deli known for its Polish-style sausage and deli meats.

5275 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60632

Budacki's Drive-In

Stop by Budacki’s for a deliciously greasy hamburger or a Chicago-style hot dog.

4739 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

The Doughnut Vault

Tony stops by the Doughnut Vault to learn why people wait in line for $3 donuts.

401 1/2 N Franklin St
Chicago, IL 60654

El Ideas

Have a unique dining experience at El Ideas with chef Phillip Foss’s tasting menu.

2419 W 14th St
Chicago, IL 60608

Girl & the Goat

Chef Stephanie Izard sits down with Tony at her restaurant, The Girl & the Goat.

809 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

The Green Mill

This legendary jazz/blues club is the perfect place to take in a show and a strong drink.

4802 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640

Happy Village

A lively bar with a great outdoor space, full bar and a ping-pong room.

1059 N Wolcott Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Harold's Chicken Shack #27

This location of Harold’s has the best fried chicken on Chicago’s South Side.

10259 S Halsted St
Chicago IL 60628

The Hideout

Chicago Tribune contributor Mark Caro takes Tony to one his favorite drinking holes in Chicago, The Hideout. It’s also a great place to see live music.

1354 W Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

Jimmy's Red Hots

Paul Kahan and Donnie Madia take Tony to one of their favorite spots to get some Polish sausages: Jimmy’s Red Hots.

4000 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60651

Kuma’s Corner

Kuma’s Corner is an amazing burger joint and full bar that is known for naming its burgers after metal bands.

2900 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

L & L Tavern

Tony decides to watch a Cubs game at this great dive bar just south of Wrigleyville stadium.

3207 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

The Mutiny

Rock bar meets dive bar at the Mutiny. Hard rock and punk music are played most nights of the week.

2428 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Old Town Ale House

Tony stops in to the iconic dive bar and has drinks with the owner, Bruce Cameron Elliott. The Ale House has been the favorite of Chicago-based entertainers, past and present.

219 West N Ave
Chicago, IL 60610

The Publican

Tony meets up with Chicago Tribune contributor Mark Caro for dinner at Paul Kahan’s The Publican.

837 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

Publican Quality Meats

Tony meets up with Paul Kahan at his butcher shop/deli for some charcuterie and beer.

825 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

Simon's Tavern

Tony has drinks with Paul Kahan at one of his favorite drinking spots, Simon’s Tavern.

5210 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640


This awesome old-school bar has an impressive beer selection; it’s also a great music venue.

2149 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608

Sweet Maple Cafe

An amazing family-run breakfast spot -- an essential detour for anyone seeking morning comfort food.

1339 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607

Tank Noodle

This popular Vietnamese restaurant is not to be missed.

4953 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640

Taqueria El Asadero

Considered some of the best Mexican food in Chicago. Be sure to get the guacamole.

2213 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

Urban Belly

Chef Bill Kim’s pan-Asian restaurant is BYOB and packs a power punch of dumplings, rice, noodles and sides.

3053 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618


This Chicago hot dog staple has been around since 1967.

2734 W Peterson Ave
Chicago, IL 60659


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