With a name like Chicago, this city was fated to be known for food. Although the origins of the city’s name are hotly debated, a trip to the Chicago History Museum will tell you Chicago comes from the American Indian word, Chicagaoua, which refers to a weed, similar to wild garlic or onion, that grew around Lake Michigan.
Not to mention, the locals help the city live up to its name. With their culinary tastes and expertise that span the globe, Chicagoans’ powerful influence on the city’s palate has shaped an eclectic history of eats. If you want to learn more about food history and the city’s different cuisines, queue up the PBS documentary The Foods of Chicago: A Delicious History.
In the meantime, salivate with the Chicago Loopster over a chronicle of cuisine in the city.