04/14/2013 03:32 pm ET | Updated Apr 16, 2013

Best Grilled Cheese Chicago: In Honor Of National Grilled Cheese Month 7 Sandwich Favorites

National Grilled Cheese Day came and went on Friday, but toasted cheese lovers rejoice: The whole of April is actually grilled cheese month.

(See 7 of Chicago's favorite grilled cheese sandwiches below.)

Chicago's comfort food game has long been a strong one, and restaurants and pubs from The Brown Sack in Logan Square to Bar Pastoral in Lincoln Park are transforming the simple sandwich with unexpected ingredients and foodie flair all their own.

According to Menuism, grilled cheese has been around since the 1920's, but grew in popularity during the Great Depression due to the affordability of pre-sliced bread and processed cheese.

Serious Eats rounded up a long list of some of the Windy City's best grilled cheese, while HuffPost took suggestions for seven of Chicago's best sandwiches.

Grilled cheese die hards not only have a month to revel in their favorite sandwich, there's also an upcoming Grilled Cheese Invitational on April 25th (in sunny Los Angeles).

Chicago's Favorite Grilled Cheese Spots