Located on N. Western Avenue, the Belly Shack with its tasty, albeit greasy food and laissez-faire atmosphere is a great place to eat creatively and get trashed at a low cost. Just bring some antacids.
Chicago is home to all kinds of wonderful sandwiches. But it seems like a Cuban immigrant is muscling in on the sandwich front lately. It's called a Cubano, and I tried two decent versions last week that showed promise.
In a town with at least a handful of hot Latino chefs and restaurateurs - and where 1.44 million of its 1.8 million Hispanics are of Mexican descent - when you look at all the Mexican chefs who are referred to as Mexican food experts in Chicago's media, there's no list - it's just Rick Bayless.