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Celebrate July 4 and America in Chicago With These Patriotic Dishes

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Independence Day is upon us, and while grilling is a popular option, there are plenty of restaurants in Chicago with dishes that exemplify the American spirit. Some of these menu items have a rich history with recipes that date back to the old world. Others were developed by immigrants as modern takes on classic items. Check out this list of American classics, all great ways to celebrate the Fourth of July. Listed in alphabetical order.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. America's Dog — Baltimore Dog

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26 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 345-0100
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America's Dog also opts to give diners a taste of different hot dogs across the country. Even in some unsavory places like Green Bay. The Baltimore Dog is deep fried, and nothing says 'Merica more than deep fried. Especially because Baltimore is where the "Star Spangled Banner" was written. [Photo: Yelp]

2. First Slice Pie Cafe — Apple Pie

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4401 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 506-7380
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First Slice has three locations (Andersonville, Ravenswood and Manor), and their apple pie has been recognized as one of the best in the country by Food+Wine. Yes, cue the Don McLean. [Photo: Facebook]

3. Honey 1 BBQ — Rib Tips

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746 E 43rd St
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 227-5130
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Barbecue is always an American pastime, and the crew at Honey 1 do a fabulous job with rib tips, a Chicago tradition. They've done their best to hone their skills from Arkansas to Bucktown back to Bronzeville. [Photo: Facebook]

4. La Bomba Restaurant — Jibarito

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3221 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 394-0106
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Yes. Puerto Rico is property of the United States, and these wonderful sandwiches were created in Chicago. This is the taste of American ingenuity. [Photo: Facebook]

5. Mr. Beef — Italian Beef Sandwich

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666 N Orleans St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 337-8500
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The immigrant-rich history of the thin-sliced beef, used to feed wedding guests in Chicago, dates back to the early 1900s. The street-fare makes it uniquely American. [Photo: Facebook]

6. Orange Garden Restaurant — Egg Rolls

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1942 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 525-7479
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The American-Cantonese egg roll is a delicacy, and Orange Garden hits all the right notes in crafting a classic. [Photo: LTHForum]

7. Uncle Remus Chicken and BBQ — Fried Chicken

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3715 W Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL 60624
(773) 277-7322
Fried chicken is an American staple, and the fried chicken at this restaurant in Austin is always crisp and well-seasoned. [Photo: Yelp]

8. American Wildburger — You're My Boy, Bleu

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1234 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 929-2878
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American Wildburger gives diners signature dishes from Chicago, Memphis and Washington. But while touring the country, opt for the "You're My Boy, Bleu." [Photo: Facebook]

9. Frontier — Wild Boar

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1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 772-4322
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Frontier is known for its whole-animal service for groups, and none is more infamous than its boar. Customers need to order this five days before, and they'll get slow-smoked meat that was raised on a Texas farm rubbed with spices and brown sugar. [Photo: Facebook]

10. AMK Kitchen — Dorito Pie

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(773) 276-4400
AMK Kitchen just opened in a space that screams Americana. Check out their Dorito Pie, as every red-blooded American needs a dose of processed food. That's sausage, brisket, beans, cheese and jalapeños served over Cool Ranch Doritos. [Photo: Facebook]

11. Mike Ditka's — Da Pork Chop

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100 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 587-8989
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The former Bears' coach may not be as big of a celebrity anymore, but at least his pork chop (berkshire chop, apple chutney, cherry jus, mashed sweet potatoes) remains a classic. [Photo: Ditka's]

12. The Walnut Room — Mrs. Hering's Chicken Pot Pie

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111 N State St
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 781-3125
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Taste the history of American by ordering this classic which is made from a recipe that dates back to 1907. [Photo: Macy's]

13. WHISK — Ron Swanson Burger

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2018 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-9060
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Ron Swanson, the esteemed wood-working American, played by Nick Offerman on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," is the inspiration for this burger: An 8-ounce beef patty, wrapped in a pound of bacon, topped with bacon mayo. [Photo: Facebook]

1. America's Dog — Baltimore Dog

26 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
America's Dog also opts to give diners a taste of different hot dogs across the country. Even in some unsavory places like Green Bay. The Baltimore Dog is deep fried, and nothing says 'Merica more than deep fried. Especially because Baltimore is where the "Star Spangled Banner" was written. [Photo: Yelp]
26 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601

2. First Slice Pie Cafe — Apple Pie

4401 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
First Slice has three locations (Andersonville, Ravenswood and Manor), and their apple pie has been recognized as one of the best in the country by Food+Wine. Yes, cue the Don McLean. [Photo: Facebook]
4401 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

3. Honey 1 BBQ — Rib Tips

746 E 43rd St, Chicago, IL 60653
Barbecue is always an American pastime, and the crew at Honey 1 do a fabulous job with rib tips, a Chicago tradition. They've done their best to hone their skills from Arkansas to Bucktown back to Bronzeville. [Photo: Facebook]
746 E 43rd St
Chicago, IL 60653

4. La Bomba Restaurant — Jibarito

3221 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Yes. Puerto Rico is property of the United States, and these wonderful sandwiches were created in Chicago. This is the taste of American ingenuity. [Photo: Facebook]
3221 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. Mr. Beef — Italian Beef Sandwich

666 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL 60654
The immigrant-rich history of the thin-sliced beef, used to feed wedding guests in Chicago, dates back to the early 1900s. The street-fare makes it uniquely American. [Photo: Facebook]
666 N Orleans St
Chicago, IL 60654

6. Orange Garden Restaurant — Egg Rolls

1942 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613
The American-Cantonese egg roll is a delicacy, and Orange Garden hits all the right notes in crafting a classic. [Photo: LTHForum]
1942 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613

7. Uncle Remus Chicken and BBQ — Fried Chicken

3715 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60624
Fried chicken is an American staple, and the fried chicken at this restaurant in Austin is always crisp and well-seasoned. [Photo: Yelp]
3715 W Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL 60624

8. American Wildburger — You're My Boy, Bleu

1234 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60642
American Wildburger gives diners signature dishes from Chicago, Memphis and Washington. But while touring the country, opt for the "You're My Boy, Bleu." [Photo: Facebook]
1234 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60642

9. Frontier — Wild Boar

1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
Frontier is known for its whole-animal service for groups, and none is more infamous than its boar. Customers need to order this five days before, and they'll get slow-smoked meat that was raised on a Texas farm rubbed with spices and brown sugar. [Photo: Facebook]
1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

10. AMK Kitchen — Dorito Pie

Chicago, IL
AMK Kitchen just opened in a space that screams Americana. Check out their Dorito Pie, as every red-blooded American needs a dose of processed food. That's sausage, brisket, beans, cheese and jalapeños served over Cool Ranch Doritos. [Photo: Facebook]

11. Mike Ditka's — Da Pork Chop

100 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611
The former Bears' coach may not be as big of a celebrity anymore, but at least his pork chop (berkshire chop, apple chutney, cherry jus, mashed sweet potatoes) remains a classic. [Photo: Ditka's]
100 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611

12. The Walnut Room — Mrs. Hering's Chicken Pot Pie

111 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602
Taste the history of American by ordering this classic which is made from a recipe that dates back to 1907. [Photo: Macy's]
111 N State St
Chicago, IL 60602

13. WHISK — Ron Swanson Burger

2018 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Ron Swanson, the esteemed wood-working American, played by Nick Offerman on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," is the inspiration for this burger: An 8-ounce beef patty, wrapped in a pound of bacon, topped with bacon mayo. [Photo: Facebook]
2018 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

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