This is Food TV's list of the "Foodie Top Ten Reasons to Visit Chicago"
1. The Chicago hot dog
2. Deep-dish pizza
3. Greektown food
5. Little Italy
6. Taste of Chicago Festival
8. Steak and potatoes
9. Italian sausages
10. Blues brunches
Yeah, never mind Gail Gand's deserts and Rick Tramanto's food at Tru. Never mind Charlie Trotter - sorry, that should be "Charlie FREAKING Trotter" and the restaurant he runs that was once named the best restaurant in the world. Forget about James Beard Award winning chef Arun Sampanthavivat and the way he's reinvented Thai food at Arun's. Don't give a thought to experiencing upscale Mexican food and insane smoky blood orange margaritas at Frontera/Topolobampo with Rick Bayless.
No, go get a crappy little chunk of goo on a stick at the Taste and rock on. There's plenty of merit in the items they listed, but Chicago isn't just about the three hundred ways we put together encased meat products. There is an eclectic, broadminded, sophisticated food culture here. We like our lowbrow foods, but we also know the merits of fine dining.
If you come here, by all means get a pizza at Giordano's and a hot dog at the Weiner's Circle, but stop by Tru or Charlie Trotter's, or Arun's, or Frontera, or one of the many other GREAT fine restaurants in the city and experience a meal that will change how you think about food.