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The chili at Charlie Beinlich’s can be enjoyed by the cup or by the bowl with cheese, onions and oyster crackers. Alicia Ramirez/22nd Century Media
The turkey chili at Wilmette’s Nick’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill rotates on the specials menu but is always a house favorite. Joe Coughlin/22nd Century Media
The Garden View Cafe at the Chicago Botanic Garden boasts a hearty vegetarian chili, sure to satisfy both carnivores and vegetarians.
Staff report
5:13 pm CST January 16, 2015

The temperatures might be dropping, as winter hits the North Shore with full force, but here at 22nd Century Media, we’ve got your back. For us, there is nothing quite as comforting on a cold winter day as eating a nice hot bowl of chili. From humble roots, this dish was catapulted to fame during the 1893 World’s Fair held in Chicago at the San Antonio Chili Stand and once again during the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, who was an avid consumer of chili.