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Famous Food in Illinois

From Chicago Style hot dogs, to the classic deep-dish pizzas made famous by Chicago area pizzerias, there’s plenty of legendary and local cuisine – perfect for an indulgence on your Illinois travels.

Combine food and history with a visit to Des Plaines for a tour of the first McDonalds restaurant ever opened. While traveling through the Windy City, keep an eye out for some local food festivals, like the For the Love of Chocolate Benefit, and the Annual Chocolate Festival – some prefer the Long Grove Chocolate Festival.

Illinois features a strong Native American influence, and the local fare shines with hints of Paleo Indian recipes. In Chicago, be sure to check out the Chicago Pow Wow, a wonderful fall event allowing visitors to taste – literally and figuratively – the Native American culture in the area.

If you’re visiting Savoy or Monticello during Labor Day weekend, be sure to head south a bit into Arthur, a charming little city. Here, you’ll be thrilled with the Amish Country Cheese Festival.

When you’re tooling around Chicago, or if you’re making your way in for a day trip from nearby cities like Gurnee, Woodstock, or Oak Forest, be sure to stop by Ina’s. Opened in 1991, Ina's is a delightful breakfast restaurant that quickly became a staple of the Chicago breakfast scene, catering to everyone from local politicians, and celebrities, to blue collar Chicago natives and tourists.