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Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008

Short Orders (Halsted and Madison)

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The City of Big Shoulders is known for many things: the Bears, the blues, corrupt politics and the world’s best hot dogs. You can find the latter at Halsted and Madison (4415 N. Oakland Ave.)—not the Windy City intersection, but a Shorewood deli operated by a pair of married couples, Mike and Giobanna Radicevich and David and Debra Tatarowicz. Halsted and Madison serves Chicago-style kosher beef hot dogs smothered in a tricolor of green peppers, tomatoes and onions or chili and cheese.

The deli is a tiny place lifted straight from the Loop with counter service, a couple of chrome ’50s kitchen tables and lots of carryout traffic. At $2.95, you can’t beat the cost. “You can get a hot dog here for less than the price of a gallon of gas—and you don’t have to drive to Chicago,” as Mike Radicevich says. (David Luhrssen)

Halsted and Madison | Photo by Kate Engbring


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