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Stroll Through BeefBelly, Preserving Chicago's Italian Beef Tradition While Forging New Ground

Check out plenty of Chicago memorabilia and a life-sized cow inside.

Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Take a stroll through BeefBelly, the Jefferson Park spot that hopes to challenge what Chicagoans expect from an Italian beef sandwich. These beefs come in a variety of flavors, and owner Steve O'Brien, who also runs BrgrBelly in Portage Park (formerly LeadBelly Burgers), wants this new restaurant to attract families and food enthusiasts alike to the Far Northwest side.

Make no mistake, this is a Chicago establishment. There's a Bears jersey of former linebacker Mike Singletary hanging on the wall and a photo of Blackhawks legend Bobby Hull with his teeth knocked out. There's Chicago maps and an enlarged baggage tag from O'Hare International Airport also displayed. Fans can catch a game thanks to the flatscreen in the corner. Check out the vintage light fixtures. Oh, and there's that plastic cow in the middle. It's sure to be a conversation piece for the kids.

BeefBelly will open on Dec. 1, and their hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week at 4800 N. Central Ave.