31 Days of Chicago's Best Sandwiches
A few blocks from Union Station, The Ruin Daily is filling a void for quality bites in an area otherwise filled with grab-and-go chains. Helmed by the hospitality group 16” On Center (Revival Food Hall, Saint Lou’s Assembly and more), this multihyphenate sandwich shop-cafe-bar brings a breezy, step-above touch to classic offerings. The Little Magician, for example, has all the makings of your typical roast beef sandwich: horseradish, shredded lettuce, onions. But the beef is tender and rare, the horseradish tangy and creamy, the onions pickled and crunchy, and there's a layer of earthy, savory foie gras butter. Now imagine the Death Star exploding, a shimmering win for Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance. The bread on this sandwich reminds me of that moment, with a crust that gloriously disintegrates into shards as you bite in, inspiring one to growl happily (like a certain Wookiee). $12. 328 S. Jefferson St., 312-929-2707, www.theruindaily.com.
— Joseph Hernandez