Astronaut cooks have made numerous attempts to wrangle hamburgers into space-ready meals, from dehydrated-pickle disks to vacuum-sealed burger bottles. Enjoy what our starry-eyed brethren never can with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of burgers, sandwiches, and other American fare at Goldyburgers, located in Forest Park.
Called a "classic dive bar and burger joint" by City's Best Chicago, Goldyburgers opened its doors in 1926 to lavish meat eaters with a cornucopia of juicy patties and sizzling sandwiches. Converge around the Royalburger, a scepter-sculpted beef round rife with crispy bacon and cheese and served with fries ($8.55). The Pizzaburger ($8.60), slathered in zesty sauce, mushrooms, and parmesan cheese, tantalizes taste buds, and the deep-fried cheddar-cheese balls ($4.80) give mouths a taste of England with cheddar rocks, the main component of the country's limestone cliffs. Sate hot-dog hankerings with a succulent polish sausage on either french bread or a traditional bun, teeming with tomato and onions ($5.95) as you intermingle with fresh breezes floating through the eatery's outdoor garden.