Maxwell Street Polish
They can move the market; they can even move the food stands to temporary quarters on Union, but they can’t shake the essence. The world’s ultimate Polish-sausage experience still makes the excursion to the Near South neighborhood a necessary pilgrimage. Whether to patronize Jim’s Original or Maxwell Street Express… well, that’s the kind of issue that breaks up families. The similarities far outweigh the differences: fresh buns, mustard, mountains of succulent grilled-almost caramelized-onions, and a divine plump grilled sausage. Or, for a special treat, get a pork-chop sandwich, bone and all. And while you’re there, take in the parade of street entrepreneurs offering cologne, porn videos and gold chains. If you, like most of us, are visiting these 24-hour venues after dark and after a beer or few, you might even buy something.
Jim’s Original, 450 S. Union (312)733-7820
Best of Chicago 2002