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Beck's Book Store
716 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60201
It's always nice to see an employee rise through the ranks and become a boss. In the case of Beck's Book Store, RobertMore Beck became his own boss in the early 1950s after working in someone else's bookstore for 10 years. The Northwestern University location in downtown Evanston focuses on textbooks, and inside it's an explosion of purple NU sports gear.
Al's Italian Beef
622 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201
Boasting an award from Esquire for Best American Sandwiches, Al's Italian Beef is a fast-food ticket to good oldMore Italian meat and pasta cooking. With roomy booth seating and enormous picture posters, Al's takes pride in the peculiarities of its menu; seven different types of crispy French fries like Chipotle and Buffalo Bleu. The sub sandwiches are named after Chicago locales such as Water Tower and Back of the Yards, and more adventurous eaters can sample the Chinatown Peanut and Chicken Salad.  Even the "Big Boss" Caesar ranch dressing is themed.