Salami, ham, roast beef, Swiss cheese, Cheddar cheese, the list goes on: savory cheeses and meats have been combined to make delicious sandwich creations for many years, even before the formal invention of the sandwich.
But when you're talking specialty cheeses and meats, no one does it better than a delicatessen. The delis in America have their roots in New York City when they were started by Jewish families selling cured meats and other substantive ingredients, but today's delis are synonymous with sandwich ingredients. Many delis even have a diner where you can make your sandwiches and eat them, too.
If you're ready to explore some new lunch places, here are 15 mighty independent delis in Chicago that will have you craving more.
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Manny's Cafeteria and Delicatessen
1141 S. Jefferson St., Chicago, IL 60607
A popular spot, Manny's is a wonderful option if you're wanting to enjoy your creation on the spot.
New York Delicatessen
2921 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657
Though this deli has the name "New York," you'll love the Chicago vibe.
1840 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60613
This traditional deli includes coffee in its offerings, making it a great option any time of the day.
Gene's Sausage Shop & Delicatessen
4750 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
You'll simply adore the European gourmet food options, in addition to their deli.
857 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
This grocery store-meets-deli is a fun place to just walk around if you're too full to try their incredible offerings.
Fumare Meats & Deli
131 N. Clinton St., Chicago, IL 60661
You'll truly love what they dish up at Fumare.
53 E. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60601
This lovely cheese shop will set you up with all of the ingredients you need to wow your family at meal time.
Nottoli & Son
7652 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60634
Nottoli & Son is a classic Italian-style deli which will hook you up with some yummy and savory options.
43 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60611
Eataly is located in the Shops at North Bridge and constantly offers delicious cheeses and meats.
2258 W. Erie St., Chicago, IL 60612
Fiore is another Italian-style deli, because you can't have too many!
The Artisan Cellar
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654
The Artisan Cellar has so many specialty items available you'll need a whole afternoon to browse.
4208 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60630
Lalich is classified as a Serbian deli, different than Italian, but still delicious.
J.P. Graziano Grocery
901 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607
J.P. is a fourth-generation, family-owned Italian grocer. They also offer incredible catering options.
Kasia's Polish Delicatessen
2101 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
Polish delis can be hard to find, but Kasia's is an authentic one for sure!
2945 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
Another location, if you're in the mood for Pastoral but not near the other one.