When the wind whistles in and the Chicago winter approaches, there's nothing like a bowl of homemade soup to warm your soul. Chicagoans have no shortage of choices or favorites when it comes to this hearty classic.
The great thing about this city of neighborhoods is the fact that you can find a traditional favorite for every type of cuisine. Whether you're in the mood for a great chicken noodle, matzo ball soup, carne en su jugo, or a traditional minestrone, you can find a restaurant to specialize in authentic and sometimes unique recipes.
When compiling a list of some of the favorites, we decided not to give you the usual "top 5 best" or 10 or 20... really, in Chicago, you can come up with a good list of 50. Instead we compiled a list of restaurants that serve different types of cuisine. All of these are arguably the best at what they serve, as evidenced by reviews and the fervent love of their many patrons.
Best Soups for Different Tastes in Chicago
Manny's Deli. Manny's Deli is a Chicagoland staple. With a proud family tradition of serving up Jewish favorites, the Raskins opened their first cafeteria right after World War II. You've probably heard of their legendary corned beef sandwiches. But their soups are also amazing. With every day soups including Matzo Ball and Kreplach and a special soup of the day besides, you get a wide variety and old world taste.
Taqueria Los Gallos. Otherwise known as "Los Gallos on 26th", this Little Village favorite features the most amazing Mexican Cuisine in the city. Try their Carne En Su Jugo to spice up a blustery day. You won't be disappointed.
Golden Steer Restaurant. This one's a bit outside the city, in Forest Park, but it's definitely worth the drive. Golden Steer Steakhouse offers fantastic steak and even better service. But one of the things they're best known for is their French Onion Soup.
Zoup! Can't have a soup list without this one. There are Zoup! locations all around the city. The restaurant features dozens of different types of soups, some traditional, some inventive, each delicious.
Opart Thai. Opart Thai has a few locations in the city and they feature an authentic menu. If you enjoy both Thai cuisine and soup, you'll love their Won Ton, it's beyond wonderful.
Tony's Italian Deli. Tony's Italian Deli in Edison park offers Italian deli items (and a really good sub sandwich) They offer two traditional Italian soups, Minestrone and Wedding Soup - either is fantastic.
Heaven on Seven Wabash. If you like Cajun, Heaven on Seven is the place to be. They have some of the most amazing Gumbo daily but look for the days when they have Corn Chowder - you'll make it a weekly stop.
Central Gyros. For Greek lovers, Central Gyros on Central near Belmont offers the most delicious and reasonably priced Greek food in the city. If you're a big soup lover, you have to try their Avoglemeno. It's served hot with just the right zest of lemon and warm, fresh baked bread. The bread is worth the trip in itself.
Most Chicagoans love a good soup. We all have our favorites, whether it's traditional American, something ethnic, or brand new creations made with a bit of love. When we were researching this article, we asked people what their favorite soups were and from which restaurants. You wouldn't believe what a great conversation starter that is. Try it yourself or give us some feedback on where your favorite soup spot is in the city.