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    Anyone Who Grew Up Around Chicago Definitely Ate These 14 Foods

    For starters, Portillo's mayo chocolate cake.

    The Chicagoland area has some truly iconic treasures: a giant sculpture of a bean, an enormous ferris wheel — but the absolute BEST thing (IMO) is the food.

    So here are 14 foods you definitely ate if you grew up in the Chicagoland area:

    1. Deep-dish pizza (aka Chicago-style pizza) — obviously.

    2. Delicious Vienna hot dogs ordered from food carts located in random places (like a Home Depot parking lot).

    3. A comforting bowl of chicken Vesuvio.

    4. Freshly fried pączki to celebrate pączki day (because you don't have to be religious to worship doughnuts).

    5. Puppy chow (which should never be consumed while wearing black).

    6. Half-frozen Eli's Cheesecake that's too damn good to let thaw.

    7. Mostaccioli — which is NOT the same thing as baked penne.

    8. A giant tin of popcorn (usually from Garrett's) filled with Chicago mix — aka half cheddar and half caramel corn.

    9. Literally anything from Portillo's.

    10. Frozen custard — which, again, is NOT the same thing as soft serve.

    11. A Maxwell Street Polish.

    12. A soggy (but hella good) beef sandwich topped with GIAR👏 DIN👏IERA👏.

    13. Pierogi — including those cheese ones that you THINK are going to be savory, but are strangely sweet.

    14. Those bags of potato chips with the groovy saxophone man on them.

    Did we miss any iconic Chicago foods? Do you hate me because I side with the Cubs? Let us know in the comments!