Did I live in Chicago in a former life? Because the thought of a good Italian beef sandwich, drenched in meaty juice, sounds insanely appealing right now. A Chicago-style hot dog with the works sounds good, too. I'm getting all hungry at the thought of a brand-new Luke's of Chicago opening right on 7th Street, in that cool brick building that's been in need of an interesting tenant for a while now (583 N. 7th St., at Fillmore).
For the time being, you'll have to keep going to Luke's other two locations to get your Chicago comfort food (there's one at 16th St. and Indian School, and another at the 101 and Raintree in Scottsdale) -- the Luke's people tell me it's going to be a good four to six months until the restaurant's ready to open.