The Illinois State Fair continues in Springfield until Sunday, but you don’t have to trek through hoards of fairgoers to experience the main attraction—the food, of course! Skip the lines and indulge your sweet tooth at one of Chicago’s many restaurants that are taking a few cues from state fair classics. From tried-and-true corn dogs to deep-fried Twinkies, here’s where to find all your state fair favorites without leaving the city.
Sticky glazed doughnuts prove to be the sweetest bookends for the black angus beef patty, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, and fried egg that make up this Wrigleyville joint’s “BFD”—a.k.a. breakfast for dinner—burger. 3700 N. Clark St., 773-645-4400
Providing undisputable proof that everything on a stick is exponentially yummier (and more fun to eat!), Bangers & Lace’s delicious brioche corn-battered hot dog, served with mustard and chips, hits the spot. Wash it down with a classic root beer float. 1670 W. Division St., 773-252-6499; 810 Grove St., Evanston, 847-905-0854
This Logan Square eatery is giving us major throwback vibes with its take on the classic Hostess treat, which it deep-fries, drizzles with red raspberry sauce, and, of course, positions on a stick in true state fair fashion. 2700 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-360-7840
Satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth with a vanilla bean ice cream concoction served swimming in Southern Illinois' own Million Dollar Orange Soda and generously drizzled with orange caramel. 1954 N. Halsted St., 773-634-4100
Tap into your inner kid with the Rancic-owned eatery’s upscale take on a childhood favorite. Cotton candy flavors rotate and include piña colada, chocolate-covered banana, and blue raspberry. 66 W. Kinzie St., 312-284-4990