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Tastes of Chicago
Lou Malnati’s began shipping its pizzas all over the country in 1987. The service was initially offered during the holidays to satisfy Malnati fans that relocated outside of Chicago.

After 10 years of shipping their famous deep dish, Lou Malnati’s realized that ex-Chicagoans craved even more of the Windy City’s favorite foods. It was then that they partnered with other fine restaurateurs in Chicago to provide them with the best tastes Chicago has to offer. This was the start of a tasty collaboration now known as Lou Malnati’s Tastes of Chicago. Tastes of Chicago offers hometown Chicago favorites including: Eli’s cheesecake, Vienna Beef hot dogs, Portillo’s Italian beef, Real Urban Barbecue, Long Grove Confectionery’s apple pies and chocolates, Manny’s Deli corned beef, Wildfire steaks, and more! We also offer gift packages for any occasion, virtual gift cards, apparel and other merchandise from Lou’s.

Now, over 25 years later, Tastes of Chicago ships more than 250,000 pizzas throughout the year. Lou Malnati’s pizza remains the most popular item shipped and we think that’s because deep dish pizza just isn’t the same anywhere outside sweet home Chicago!
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati's is as rich in history as its pizza is in flavor. Lou got his start in the 1940's, working with his father Rudy, in Chicago's first deep-dish pizzeria. Lou Malnati took his pizza expertise to Lincolnwood, a northern suburb of Chicago, where he and his wife Jean opened the first Lou Malnati's Pizzeria on March 17, 1971. Lou was known for his fun-loving character as well as making Chicagoland's best pizza. Loyal patrons lined the streets on opening day for a taste of his delicious deep-dish creations. Lou always thought it was funny that an Italian should open a pizzeria in a Jewish neighborhood on an Irish holiday. But that was Lou's style, he loved all types of people and didn't care much about what people thought.

After meeting with an enormous success in Lincolnwood, Lou decided to open another pizzeria in a little northwestern suburb by O'Hare Airport, Elk Grove Village. Unfortunately, the Elk Grove location had a tough beginning. A major road construction project began a few months after the restaurants opening and for 14 months business suffered immensely. At one point the accountants advised Lou to close the doors before it ruined him. But Lou would have nothing to do with that idea and persevered. Sure enough, once the construction ended, people came in droves to Lou Malnati's Pizzeria in Elk Grove.

In 1978, Lou Malnati met with an untimely death when he fell victim to cancer. Lou's oldest son Marc was just graduating from college and joined his mother in the family business. A few years later Marc's younger brother Rick finished his basketball career at downstate Illinois' Bradley University and he joined the family business as well.

The company has continued to grow by building on the loyalty of their dedicated employees. Lou Malnati's is unique in the fact that people come to work for Malnati's and don't leave! Not only do they stay around for a long while, they recruit their family members to come work for Lou's. There are some cases of three generations of one family working for the Malnati's. Not long ago, the Malnati's recognized over 25 employees that had been part of the Malnati restaurant family for over 20 years! Quite a milestone for the restaurant business. This elite group consisted of managers, cashiers, waitstaff, cooks, and even bus boys. The longstanding tradition continues with almost 80 staff members that have been with Lou Malnati's for over 10 years.

Carrying on Lou's vision of providing great food at reasonable prices Lou Malnati's has grown to include 30 family-owned Chicagoland pizzerias. In recent years the Malnati's have felt blessed by their success and wanted to do something to give back to the community. In the fall of 1995, the Malnati's opened a restaurant on the West side of Chicago in an effort to help rejuvenate a neighborhood that has not had much success in recovering from the riots of 1967 which ravaged the area. Lou Malnati's Lawndale pizzeria is unique in that any profits are given back to the community to benefit children's educational and recreational programs.

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Eli's Cheesecake
Eli M. Schulman opened his first restaurant, Eli’s Ogden Huddle, on the west side of Chicago in 1940. Eli developed a reputation for being a wonderful host and serving great food which lead to him opening Eli’s Stage Delicatessen just off Michigan Avenue in 1962 and then Eli’s the Place for Steak in 1966.

It was in the kitchen at Eli’s the Place for Steak that Eli developed his now famous cheesecake as his signature dessert. Eli’s Cheesecake made its public debut outside the restaurant at the first Taste of Chicago that was held on Michigan Avenue on July 4, 1980. Eli’s has been the #1 dessert at Taste since that time selling almost 2 million slices of cheesecake at the Taste alone.

In order to support the growing cheesecake business, Eli’s opened Eli’s Cheesecake World on Chicago’s northwest side. The 62,000 square foot state-of-the-art bakery includes a café and visitors center. Eli’s has been named as the top food tour in the country by the Food Network and is a popular attraction with regularly scheduled classes and events like a weekly Farmers Market and the Annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival.

Eli’s is famous for creating giant cheesecakes for special events including the City of Chicago’s 150th birthday, the Inaugural of President Clinton in Washington DC in 1993 and 1997, Hillary Clinton’s 50th birthday at the Cultural Center in 1997 and the City of Chicago’s Millennium Cake.

Eli’s is a family owned business that is committed to promoting Chicago and its civic and cultural institutions. Eli’s has an educational and business partnership with Wright College and the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. Each year, Eli’s supports over 1,200 organizations with donations of cheesecake.

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Vienna Beef
When two young immigrants brought their frankfurter recipe from Austria-Hungary to Chicago's World Fair/Columbian Exposition in 1893, they knew they were starting a taste sensation. What they didn't know was that they were starting an empire. The new-fangled hot dog sandwich -- a pure beef frankfurter in a steamed bun with yellow mustard, bright green relish, chopped onion, tomato wedges, a kosher pickle spear, sport peppers and a dash of celery salt -- quickly became Chicago's favorite treat. It wasn't long before the entire country discovered Vienna.

The Chicago-style hot dog hasn't changed, and neither has Vienna® Beef's commitment to quality. Customers know that Vienna® Beef means goodness throughout, from the 100% domestic beef and sweet brisket trimmings to the high-tech processing and old-world hickory smoking, all prepared in our USDA Establishment 1 approved facility. Customers know the "V" means pure Chicago flavor -- without a single unnatural additive or undeserved compliment.

Though Vienna enjoys a strong retail presence, it's the restaurants and hot dog stands that have made us who we are. We happily help new customers with equipment and strategy suggestions and we also provide them with point-of-sale typically displaying our famous "V" logo. Their customers return the favor by lining up.

In Chicago, more than 80% of the 1,800-plus hot dog vendors proudly feature Vienna® Beef products. Sports fans have enjoyed our products for years, from where the Sox and Cubs swing, the Bulls hold court, and the Blackhawks take the ice. Also, millions of people can sample a "Chicago Style" hot dog at the Taste of Chicago. We'll never forget our roots. Nevertheless, over half of our business now extends beyond our hometown, reaching as far as Europe, Denmark, Mexico and the Pacific Rim. Our trusted distributors make sure that whether you are in Phoenix or Tokyo, you can taste Chicago in every Vienna bite.

Vienna remains a family-run business with a hometown flavor. Our horizons may be wider, but our approach hasn't changed since 1893: use the finest ingredients to make the best products; honor the smallest requests with a big effort; and serve up a taste that will stir memories and open doors. More than ever, the Vienna® Beef logo is the sign of great-tasting food products and people who care.

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Dick Portillo is very familiar with the term "humble roots." After all, the first Portillo's (then known as "The Dog House") was nothing more than a 6' x 12' trailer with no running water or bathroom when it opened in 1963. It took 4 years to upgrade the small trailer, but since then, Portillo's has hit the ground running and never looked back.

Portillo's now operates in 38 locations, with most locations spread throughout the Chicago area, but a few nationwide as well. No one Portillo's restaurant is like the other; each one has its own unique theme. These themes reflect Dick Portillo's love of history, especially Chicago history! Portillo's restaurants include memorabilia from the 20s, 30s, 50s, and 60s. From the music to the décor, each restaurant has the old-time Chicago feel that Dick Portillo loves.

Although the restaurants themselves are a sight to behold, Portillo's fans keep coming back for the food. The items sold on Tastes of Chicago are Portillo's staples: Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef. Both packages are extremely easy to prepare, and packed with Chicago flavor. So turn up your jukebox and get ready to enjoy the same great food Portillo's has been serving up for over 50 years!

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Nuts on Clark Popcorn
The founders and owners of Nuts on Clark, Herbert and Estelle Kenney, pride themselves on using the best ingredients to create the best flavors, while providing the best service to their customers. The family tradition is now carried on by their children Robert and Carla, and they continue to exemplify these values while creating their made-to-order, small batches of delicious popcorn. Their commitment to being the best shows! Nuts on Clark Caramelcorn was featured in Saveur Magazine as the #1 caramel corn in the country.

Their #1 Caramelcorn makes up half of one of their most popular flavors, their fabulous Caramelcorn & Cheesecorn Mix. They start this gluten free, 100% whole grain popcorn mix by popping their very own popcorn kernels called "Mushroom Popcorn", grown exclusively for Nuts on Clark. The caramel that coats the Caramelcorn is made with a generous amount of Grade A butter that adds a great buttery richness to the finished product. The mix isn't complete without the Cheesecorn! Nuts on Clark uses real cheese at twice the level of competing brands to cover their Cheesecorn with that finger lickin' good cheesy coating we all know and love. The clash of the buttery sweet Caramelcorn and the rich and salty Cheesecorn is a flavor combination that simply can't be beat!

You'll find Nuts on Clark's popcorn at many of Chicago's most iconic places, including: Soldier Field, Wrigley Field, O'Hare and Midway Airports, Union Station, and their main store located just blocks from Wrigley Field at 3830 North Clark Street. But you don't have to come all the way to Chicago to try their delicious Caramelcorn & Cheesecorn Mix! Treat yourself to a tin of this special mix and you'll taste why we're all "nuts" over this popcorn!

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Wildfire Restaurant is a Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant with 5 Chicagoland locations. Wildfire specializes in steaks, chops and seafood, as well as a variety of fresh salads and sandwiches. Wildfire is the ideal place for great food, service and ambiance – but if you can't come to Chicago, let us bring it to you! Enjoy Wildfire favorites like the filet mignon with a signature crust or a slice of homemade pie in the comfort of your own home.

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Manny's Delicatessen
Perfectly seasoned corned beef, piled sky high between two slices of rye bread, spread with spicy horseradish mustard. Sounds downright delicious, right?

Manny's famous corned beef sandwich, along with other classic Jewish delicacies, have made their restaurant on Jefferson Street a Chicago destination that can't be missed! Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen has been a Chicago institution since 1942. Their history can be traced back to Jack Raskin, who opened his first deli just after World War II, and named it "Manny's" after his son. Manny went on to run the deli after his father, and he passed the business along to his son Ken, who is now running the deli with his son Dan. As you can see, the Raskins are keeping it in the family!

The Raskins continue to use the same old family recipes and traditions that put Manny's on the map, and you'll never walk away from a meal at Manny's Deli still feeling hungry – as they like to say, their food is served up quickly and in large portions. Are you ready for a taste yet?

You can try Manny's famous corned beef and other classic Jewish deli favorites at their store on Jefferson Street in Chicago, at Chicago's Midway Airport, or you can have their famous corned beef and potato pancakes shipped right to your doorstep through Tastes of Chicago!

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Carol's Cookies
Carol’s Cookies started 30 years ago when Carol began baking in her own kitchen to provide friends and family with her delicious, handmade gourmet cookies. What's so special about Carol's signature cookie? Well, it's not your every day cookie, that's for sure! For starters, each cookie weighs in at almost a half-pound. And unlike a store-bought, machine-driven cookie, you can actually taste the real butter and hints of brown sugar with every bite. The crispy texture on the outside and the soft, chewy inside gives you the best of both worlds in one gourmet indulgence. Give them a try and see why Carol’s Cookies are More Than Just A Cookie!

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Kay's Candies
Kay Giglio's training in the art of candy making began over 50 years ago at the Antoinette Pope School of Fancy Cookery. Soon after finishing, she opened a small chocolate shop on the North side of Chicago. Each chocolate is handmade from scratch. Her kettle-fresh treats are so delectable, we had to share them!

According to Kay, "When a woman gets a good box of chocolates she kisses that guy like crazy." So guys, what are you waiting for?! Order up some Kay's Candies today!

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Apple Villa
Apple Villa was started in 2002 by brothers Andy and Peter Spentzos. The brothers' love for the restaurant business started young when they worked in their father's restaurant. They did everything from bussing tables, to running food, to cooking. Working with their father is where they learned the key to running a great restaurant: treat the guests like family.

Growing up, Andy and Peter enjoyed fresh baked apple pancakes for Sunday breakfasts. Fond memories of these Sunday breakfasts gave their restaurant its namesake: Apple Villa. The brothers helped build their first Apple Villa location in Batavia, IL from the ground up (literally!). They laid tile, painted, and helped to develop their delicious menu, highlighted by the famous apple pancake. Demand for this special pancake is high! The brothers have since opened another location in Hoffman Estates, IL.

When you taste Apple Villa's apple pancake, the brothers' motto of "fresh is all we know" rings true. You'll taste the high quality, wholesome ingredients that make up the pancake, like fresh, crisp Granny Smith apples, cream, fresh eggs, and the perfect amount of ground cinnamon and nutmeg. This delicious apple pancake makes for a perfectly decadent breakfast, a deliciously sweet dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or an indulgent gourmet snack! No matter what time of day you dig in to this pancake, after just one bite, you'll taste what the fuss is all about.

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Long Grove Confectionery
Long Grove Confectionery Co.'s original candy kitchen started in a nostalgic replica of a little red, one-room schoolhouse in 1975 in the historic village of Long Grove, IL. Long Grove Confectionery is a leader in the industry, known for exceptional products, attention to detail, creative packaging and exceptional customer service.

One of their most popular items is their Brown Bag Apple Pie. Hand assembled with a tower of fresh apple slices, sealed with a handmade crust, and slid into a brown paper bag. What sets this pie apart? It's the flaky bottom crust and sugar crisp topping, produced with a generous amount of butter! Take one bite out of Long Grove Confectionery's apple pie and you are immediately transported to a day of apple picking at a nearby orchard, coming home with a bushel basket, and baking a classic apple pie using your family's secret time-honored recipe.

What is Long Grove Confectionery's secret ingredient? Can you keep a secret? The brown bag apple pie is made with fresh, crisp Jonathan apples, a classic American apple variety, widely regarded as one of the best with a good, sweet and sharp balance. The apple slices are tossed in a perfect blend of cinnamon and sugar, and topped with a sugar crisp coating that seals the deal on this indulgent apple pie. Paired perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, Long Grove Confectionery's Brown Bag Apple Pie will keep you coming back for more!

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Bobak's Sausage Company
Some of the best businesses start from the ground up. Or in Bobak's case, the basement up!

This Chicago based company prides itself on Sausageology: the intense study of sausage and sausage making, an area of study perfected by the Bobak Sausage Company in Chicago Illinois, the action of using only Bobak Sausage products in your favorite recipe or on your backyard grill, something other meat companies can only dream about.

Bobak's is a USDA meat processor of old world sausages and deli meats that got its start in the 1960s when sausage was being made by family in the basement and smoked in the garage! They call these folks the original Sausageologists! It wasn't until the fire department showed up thinking there was a fire that the thought of opening a store came to mind.

Their first storefront opened in 1967, and still exists today, but Bobak's products can also be found in grocers and restaurants nationwide.

Their Sausageologists work hard in a state-of-the-art USDA plant to hand craft the best tasting gourmet Polish and contemporary flavors of sausages and deli meats you've ever tasted. All of their sausages and deli meats start out with fresh, never frozen, lean cuts of meat.

Bobak's was voted 'Top Deli in America' by the Food Network and featured on the show "BBQ with Bobby Flay". They were also included in WTTW's documentary and complimenting book titled "The Foods of Chicago" in which they were recognized as a Chicago food icon. They were also voted one of "Chicago's Best" by Saveur Magazine.

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Lezza Desserts
The Lezza family has been passing down recipes for generations. Many of their recipes have their origins in Naples, Italy, and were brought to Chicago in 1905 by Salvatore Lezza. Today, three generations of the Lezza family continue to run the business with the same old world recipes and flair.

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Fannie May
Since the first Fannie May chocolate store opened in 1920 in Chicago, they have been developing decadent chocolates, using premium ingredients. Their rich chocolate recipes have remained unchanged since the day they first premiered them. Even when ingredients were scarce, Fannie May Chocolates kept its original recipes and refused to compromise the gourmet milk chocolate and dark chocolate tastes that put them at the top of the chocolate charts.

Today, Fannie May still makes their famous chocolates at the same high quality standards. Treat yourself to something truly special and indulge in the decadence of Fannie May Pixies, made with rich caramel, luscious real chocolate and crunchy pecans.

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Real Urban Barbecue
In addition to serving up savory goodness, the laid back, cool atmosphere at Real Urban BBQ's two Chicagoland locations provides a casual and fuss free (but far from napkin free) meal. And the smell, oh the smell! One sniff and your mouth will be watering beyond control. They smoke enough BBQ daily to keep it fresh and promise the best quality. So when their locations are out, they're out!

The items sold on Tastes of Chicago have been smoked to perfection by the experts at RUB and immediately sealed to guarantee the fresh-from-the-smoker flavors are maintained for your enjoyment when ordered through Tastes of Chicago. Directions for preparing are enclosed with each package and are incredibly easy to follow, allowing you to serve and enjoy a delicious meal that will leave people raving and most likely zero leftovers.

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Bob Chinn’s Crab House
Bob Chinn's is an institution in Chicagoland, known for their delicious crab! For over 25 years they have served some of the freshest seafood from around the globe: Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand, just to name a few.

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Deerfields Bakery
Deerfields Bakery has prided itself on creating top quality, imaginative, and delicious foods since 1972. But the history of Deerfields Bakery dates back even further. Five generations have carried on the baking tradition that was started in 1886 by Adam Schmitt. Their sugar cookies are hand decorated with careful precision, creating a beautiful and delicious cookie you're proud to give as a gift or save for yourself!

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Georgia Nut
Rose Musso founded the Georgia Nut Company in 1945 just after World War II. Today, the company is still family owned and operated. For over 60 years they have been perfecting the tasty goodness of homemade confections, nuts, and snacks, using only the highest quality ingredients to make their products uncommonly fresh and delicious. They pride themselves sustaining Rose’s commitment to the homemade confections, all the while adding new ideas to echo the entrepreneurial spirit inherited from their grandmother.

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Cora Lee
Cora Lee’s decadent toffee is 100% all natural and made with the finest ingredients. Each batch of Cora Lee's English toffee is hand stirred, dipped in their own blend of fine melted chocolates, and rolled in fresh ground pecans.

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