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Since the word delicatessen originated from delicacies, rest assured that deli food hits the spot like no other cuisine can. Often homemade with family, love, and tradition a great deli does the heart good.

1 Manny's Coffee Shop & Deli

If it’s good enough for Obama, who are we to argue? A family business for over 50 years, Manny’s was a dying breed of urban eateries - the home style, family run cafeteria bubbling with the spirit of its neighborhood that attracts patrons from all walks of life. In the early years, if you lived or worked anywhere in the vicinity you could hitch a ride on the Manny's van that circled around making deliveries and picking up customers for lunch.

1141 S. Jefferson St. 312.939.2855.

2 Jason’s Deli

With the slogan of ‘deli’cious and gluten free, Jason's Deli is all about healthy food. Named "One of the 10 Best Restaurants in America" by Parents Magazine, their food has no high fructose corn syrup, trans fats or MSG.

1258 S. Canal St. 312.850.0547.

3 New York Deli

With kitschy house specials like The Trump, the Apprentice, the Macy’s Parade and the Andy Warhol, everyone knows there’s no sandwich like in NYC. This is as close as you'll get without jetting to the Big Apple.

2921 N. Clark St. 773.549.3328.

4 Rich's Deli

Made with Eastern European love, the fresh bread, homemade soups and pierogis make for a craveable and tasty afternoon snack.

857 N. Western Ave. 773.235.5263.

5 Eleven City Diner

Eleven is a hybrid of it's owners youth in Chicago and travels by car and motorbike across all 50 states, which inspired this delicatessen's influential tastes and respect for food and culture.

111 S. Wabash. 312.121.1112.

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