Chicago is easily one of our favorite food cities in the world. World, people! If you happen to live on a coast and freely use the “flyover state” pejorative in reference to the Windy City, you just crazy. The collective Food Republic editorial staff has spent significant time there, having hit up torta stands, cocktail bars, ramen shops and more stellar burger/beer sellers then we know what to do with. A few of us have been to the city’s fine dining temples like Alinea, Spiaggia and Ruxbin. And with summer upon us, we’re reminded that Chicago is best to visit right now. When the city’s iconic beaches are packed and outdoor festivals are a daily reality. Here are 16 stories related to Chicago food and drink. To get you in the mood. Or on Kayak to book a cheap flight.