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Anyone know of any good, authentic Philly Cheese Steaks in the Chicago area?

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  1. Never found anything that comes close to Pat's etc., but why bother? Go for Italian beef -- much discussed on this site and something we know how to do -- if you're in Chicago and want something similar.

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    1. re: jbw

      Sorry that I forgot to mention I am a "Chicagoan" . I was just looking for some places to try one of these since I really don't think it would be worth the time and money to travel to Philly no matter how good they might be.

      1. re: jbw

        Chicago can't seen to get anything straight they put a salad on a hot dog and you think you are going to find anything that resembles an authentic philly chessesteak...
        like the other guy said go to philly.

        1. re: Lisa07033

          Yea go to Philly or just shake up a can up cheese wiz and put it on an Italian beef sandwich (if you want to ruin a good sandwich).

      2. Philly's Best on Belmont, just East of Clark Street- meat is flown in from Philadelphia- it's the best I've found in Chicago

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        1. re: Pauly

          I'll second that. Definitely the best cheesesteak I've found in Chicago. I think there is one in evanston as well. Plus, they deliver.

          1. re: Mojo

            there is also a phillly's best express location just south of the mega mall on milwaukee; located in the logan square car wash building, but with street access.

            it's the same as the one on belmost, just smaller.

            1. re: miss ellen

              Howdy folks: Lou Carlozo, a Chicago Tribune reporter and transplanted Philadelphian, looking for a good Philly cheesesteak in Chicago. I have heard all about Philly's best, which is OK... but I am wondering if there might be something better out there. Any tips? If so, please email me at the aboove address or call me at 312-222-6178, THANKS! Lou

              1. re: Lou Carlozo

                Hi Lou, and welcome to Chowhound! We have a saying here: email helps only one hound, while posting helps the whole pack. We strongly encourage anyone with tips on great cheesesteaks to post here and share the tip with all the hounds reading along. Thanks!

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          Sweet Willie

          There is also an Evanston, IL location.

          I agree, best by far for Chicago, way above any other I've had in the Chicago area.

          Link: http://www.phillysbest.com/

          1. I lived in Philly for a couple of years, and thought the famous steak joints (Pat's and Geno's) were not good. The meat was very tough. The good beef stands here are much better than those in Philly.

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            1. re: snicky

              Agreed. Jim's on South Street, too -- which was the reason for my somewhat dyspeptic remark earlier. Any meat which depends on fried onions and Cheez Whiz for its flavor can't compare with a good Italian Beef. By the way, I am a Philly native, and hoagies are another matter . . .

              1. re: snicky

                Agreed. Jim's on South Street, too -- which was the reason for my somewhat dyspeptic remark earlier. Any meat which depends on fried onions and Cheez Whiz for its flavor can't compare with a good Italian Beef. By the way, I am a Philly native, and hoagies are another matter . . .

                1. re: snicky

                  I don't disagree with you, but Ishkabibbles on South St, and also near Pat's & Geno's is wonderful - much more tender beef. Way better than any rendition of philly cheesesteak in chicago (I'm not saying it's better than an italian beef. IMO an ishkabibbles cheesesteak and a good italian beef are about equal). and don't get me started on Tony Luke's roast pork sandwiches with sharp provolone! now that would be worth a trip to philly!

                2. I'm going to check out Philly's Best in Logan Sq. hopfully it as good as the other locations.