New York tradition, Chicago perfection: Visit these 15 mighty independent delis in the Windy City

by Carrie Bradon | Mar. 1, 2018, 9:31am |

Polish delis can be hard to find, but Kasia's is an authentic one.

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
(312) 939-2855
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
(773) 697-3271
Though this deli has the name "New York," you'll love the Chicago vibe.


1840 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 661-2469
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
(773) 728-7243
You'll simply adore the European gourmet food options, in addition to their deli.

Rich's Deli

857 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-5263
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
(312) 930-4220
You'll truly love what they dish up at Fumare.


53 E. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 658-1250
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
(773) 589-1010
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
(312) 521-8700
Eataly is located in the Shops at North Bridge and constantly offers delicious cheeses and meats.

Fiore Delicatessen

2258 W. Erie St., Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 942-9419
Fiore is another Italian-style deli, because you can't have too many!

The Artisan Cellar

222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 527-5810
The Artisan Cellar has so many specialty items available you'll need a whole afternoon to browse.

Lalich Delicatessens

4208 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60630
(773) 545-3642
Lalich is classified as a Serbian deli, different than Italian, but still delicious.

J.P. Graziano Grocery

901 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 666-4587
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
(773) 486-7500
Polish delis can be hard to find, but Kasia's is an authentic one for sure!


2945 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 472-4781
Another location, if you're in the mood for Pastoral but not near the other one.

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