This is basically the most perfect Chicago city guide I’ve ever read. Some crucial things left out, but this is, essentially, Chicago.
But, if you want to live it real, avoid Portillo’s and find your own hole in the wall. To do this, first you look for a sign.
Your keys to spotting this place are:
1) Vienna Beef logo on their hanging sign
2) Their name includes one or more of the following
b. Windy City
f. The name of the street you’re on
g. The name of a street you’re not on
h. Any ethnic sounding name followed by an “ ‘s ”
3) Their staff appears to all be related or from the same ethnicity
4) They have any of the following
a. Signed pictures of the old mayor
b. Railroad paraphernalia
c. A picture of a giant hotdog, possibly floating in Lake Michigan
d. A menu hanging above the counter that appears to have ~50 items
e. An elderly lady working the cash register