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Added Nov 06 2017

The Goddess and Grocer at 1127 N. State St., near the triangular convergence of State, Rush and Cedar streets, may be the biggest surprise...

The Goddess and Grocer at 1127 N. State St., near the triangular convergence of State, Rush and Cedar streets, may be the biggest surprise of a deli in a tiny gem of a...

"But if you went to the main streets like Roosevelt Road, there were beautiful big delis. If we wanted a special place, we'd go to Kedzie and Roosevelt, where there was Carl's, which is like Manny's today. People would come from all over to eat there."

The most legendary of the neighborhood's delis was Eli's Stage Delicatessen, opened in 1962 at 50 E. Oak St., counting among its customers Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Woody Allen and countless stars of stage, screen and politics too. It closed in 1968.

...Kaplan was already known for his Hemingway's Movable Feast deli in Lincoln Park at 1825 N. Lincoln Ave., with sky-scraping sandwiches plus super-thick and rich chocolate malts. Kaplan opened Hemingway's...

Ashkenaz was the last big Jewish deli in the Gold Coast, at 12 E. Cedar St., in a building now gone and replaced, next door to where The Goddess and Grocer...

...Russian immigrants George and Ada Ashkenaz first opened in North Lawndale near the corner of Roosevelt Road and Karlov Avenue. In 1940, their son Sam Ashkenaz took over, then moved the family deli to Rogers...

...their son Sam Ashkenaz took over, then moved the family deli to Rogers Park at 1432 W. Morse Ave. There he would become known for his cheese blintz topped with fresh, in-season blueberries...

...1970s a second Ashkenaz location would temporarily pop up in North Shore suburb Wilmette, at 3223 W. Lake St., soon before the famous deli made its final move to the Gold Coast (though the...

Carnegie Deli, the famous New York spot (which itself closed in 2016), tried a location in Chicago at 900 N. Michigan Ave. Opened in 1989, it closed in 1991. The space was replaced by the Oak Street Restaurant and Bakery, still open and serving corned beef sandwiches, but no longer matzo ball soup.

"I tried in Streeterville and failed," said Max and Benny's founder and President Lester Schlan. In 2006 Schlan had opened a second location at 322 E. Illinois St. but closed after only six months.

Steingold's of Chicago opened in late August in North Center, at 1840 W. Irving Park Road, as Chicago's newest contemporary Jewish deli, or a "newish deli," as it and others of a new generation here and elsewhere are hashtagged on Instagram.

If that sounds ambitious, Steingold recently revealed they're already opening a second location to meet demand. The smaller, walk-up-only Steingold's Station plans to open later this month in Ravenswood Manor, adjacent to the Francisco Brown Line stop at 4642 N. Francisco Ave.

Other notable new Jewish-style delis include Milt's Extra Innings, part of the Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed family, which just opened in Wrigleyville at 3409 N. Broadway; and Half Sour in the South Loop, also expected by late November.

...Co. by current counts, all in a new food hall called Beacon St. Market, on Wilson Avenue east of Clark Street. Leonard also smokes meat for Steingold's...

Original article
Date published
November 6, 2017
    What happened to the big Jewish delis in Chicago?
    "Why isn't there a good deli in the Gold Coast area where you can get a good corned beef or chicken soup. A big deli like New York has or LA," Susan Wolf wrote into our reader-driven series, "What's the Story?" First, the easy part.
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