7 Best Italian Beef Sandwiches in Chicago

Johnnie s Beef:

Located in Elmwood Park, this retro stand offers the quintessential Italian beef sandwich, featuring thin, flavorful beef, fresh Gonnella bread, and perfectly spiced giardiniera.

Al s #1 Italian Beef:

A beloved spot in Little Italy/UIC, Al s Italian Beef boasts beef shaved so thin it's practically transparent, infused with a secret spice blend that sets it apart.

Bari Foods:

This Italian sub and deli in River West/West Town offers a beef sandwich with serious heat, featuring super hot giardiniera made with habaneros and capers.

Mr. Beef:

A River North staple, Mr. Beef doesn't hold back on flavor or attitude, serving hefty, oily Italian beef sandwiches dunked in aromatic jus. While the atmosphere may be brash, the slightly fatty beef and crusty bread make for a satisfyingly messy experience.

Ciccio Italian Beef:

Located in Streeterville, Ciccio Italian Beef at Navy Pier offers thick-sliced beef on crusty bread with housemade jus. Each sandwich includes roasted potatoes, making for a hearty meal.

Tony's Italian Beef:

South Siders swear by Tony s for its thick beef slices, sizable sandwiches, and unique giardiniera made with chickpeas. Original creations like the Corleone add variety to the menu.

Roma s Italian Beef & Sausage:

In Portage Park, Roma s offers a serviceable Italian beef sandwich with jus-trapping beef shreds, but it's the hearty house giardiniera that truly shines.