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Jun 21, 2007 09:40 AM

Take-home foodie souvenirs from Chicago?

Looking for something unique from the Chicago area... famous something, must survive a few hours travelling home (on a flight, so no wine, sauce or jam/liquids). Thanks in advance!

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  1. How about an Eli's Cheesecake or frozen deep dish pie from any one of our stellar pizza places -

    1. Frango Mints have always been a good gift/takehome item:

      But since Macy's took over Field's I've switched, my candy purchases to a more artisanal kind, in particular Canady's in the South Loop:

      1. When I went to school in Chicago and came home to visit my parents in LA, they wouldn't let me through the door if I didn't have a tub of Garrett's popcorn.

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        1. re: Agrayf

          I just gave my dad and step dad some Garrett's for fathers day. They seemed to like it.

        2. We always bring back at least one if not two pizzas and several pounds of sausage. We wrap the pizza in 2 layers of heavy duty foil and then 3 freezer bags squeezing all the air out, same for the sausages. We then just take them out of the freezer the morning of the flight. They make it just fine after 8 1/2 hours back to Hawaii. Always a hit with our friends when we have our "Mahalo" party for those that take care of our house and grounds and mail while we're gone. I agree that ever since Macy's took over MF that since you can buy the Frango mints anywhere it's not novel at all anymore. I can recall days and months working for Field's in the 70's and 80's and thinking back to how many boxes I had to either wrap, shelve or inventory! Although it was always cool to go up to the candy kitchens on the 13th floor and hang out and see the miracle of confectionary unfolding!

          1. How about spices from the Spice House in Old Town? Small and easy to pack and they have spice blends like:
            Argyle Street Asian Blend
            Back of the Yards
            Bridgeport Seasoning
            Bronzeville Rib Rub
            Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
            Chicago Old Town Sugar
            Lake Shore Drive
            Milwaukee Avenue Spice
            Old World Central Street
            Pilsen Latino Seasoning
            Pullman Pork Chop Spice
            Taylor St Cheese Sprinkle
            Ukrainian Village Spice

            Very Chicago...


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            1. re: Pate

              This would be my recommendation too.