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Chicago – River North: Mr. Beef
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Mr. Beef, at 666 North Orleans Street, has been serving Italian Beef sandwiches to Chicago’s River North neighborhood out of its 120-seat eatery since 1977.

Italian Beef is a sandwich of thin slices of seasoned roast beef, dripping with meat juices, on a dense, long Italian-style roll that is often dipped into the juices the meat is cooked in and topped off with Chicago-style giardiniera (called "hot") or sauteed, green Italian sweet peppers (called "sweet"). Its origins are disputed, although it is generally accepted to date to Chicago in the 1930s. One story traces it Italian immigrants from the old Union Stock Yards, who would bring home the tougher, less desirable cuts of beef sold by the company and used this approach to make it more tender and tasty.

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Chicago (ILL), Near North Side, John Hancock Center, 1970. ” The Gold Coast “
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The Near North Side is one of 77 well defined community areas of Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is located north of the Chicago River and the downtown central business district (the Loop). With the exception of Cabrini-Green, the Near North Side is known for its extreme affluence.
The Gold Coast is the wealthiest neighborhood in Chicago.
Chicago’s Gold Coast Beaches
The Gold Coast consists mostly of high-rise apartment buildings on Lake Shore Drive, facing Lake Michigan, but also includes low-rise residential blocks, inland. As with many neighborhoods, its exact borders are subject to dispute; but, generally they extend from North Avenue, south, to Division Street and west to Clark Street; and, it also includes the areas east of State Street, south, to Oak Street and east of Michigan Avenue, south, to Walton Place.

The Palmer Mansion, built by businessman Potter Palmer. It was demolished in 1951.
The Gold Coast was an unexceptional neighborhood until 1885, when Potter Palmer, former dry goods merchant and owner of the Palmer House hotel, built a fanciful castle on Lake Shore Drive. Over the next few decades, Chicago’s elite gradually migrated from Prairie Avenue to their new homes north of the Loop.
Along almost every boulevard of the Gold Coast, upscale boutiques and shops have opened up. Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Hermès, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Cartier SA, Van Cleef & Arpels, Yves Saint Laurent, Harry Winston, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Stuart Weitzman, Rolex, Max Mara, Vera Wang, Jimmy Choo, Versace, Paul Stuart, Betsey Johnson, and Lilly Pulitzer are just a few of the dozens of designers that have locations in the exclusive neighborhood. Also, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley, Porsche, and Bugatti have dealership locations in the Gold Coast.
The "Gold Coast Historic District" was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 30, 1978.