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Chicago's Best Food Movie Moments

By Anthony Todd in Food on Sep 6, 2012 3:00PM


We of the current foodie generation forget sometimes that there was food on film prior to iPhone cameras, Youtube and advertorial videos put out by restaurants. Chicago has been the home of some great foodie movies of the past, all the way back to the 1940s. But it's so much work to find all of them! Luckily, Grubstreet has done all the work for us.

Last week, they posted a collection of 13 great Chicago food movies. All are worth watching, but we preferred the older ones. These included a 1948 travel short, "Nightlife in Chicago," the Iconic 1971 "You Deserve a Break Today" McDonald's commercial, the classic Tom Palazollo short "Jerry's Deli" and, of course, the Blues Brothers diner scene. Check out the entire set, even the new ones about Next, Graham Elliot and other modern foodie destinations.

However, we can tell that Grubstreet editor Mike Gebert is a tiny bit older than we are (though you'd never know it to look at him). How can we tell? He left out one of the most iconic Chicago restaurant moments of all time, especially for any child of the 80s.