I remember reading somewhere around here that Chickie's was/is being sold but cant say that is a fact. What I can tell you is the fact of how far Chickie's has fallen since my last visit (late summer '07).
I have always considered Chickie's to be on my "all-beef" first team because of their succulent beef and what I believe to be the best hot peppers in the city. So as I was coming home from the south side the other night I decided to shoot down Pulaski to grab one of my favorite beefs and bring it home.
Im not a big fan of the beef joints that dont have at least a water fountain to wash my hands (I hate touching my driving wheel with gravy laced hands) and since it was so cold I decided I would order a beef, dry with hot peppers to go, fries and an RC. Everything had seemed the same as I was handed my order and I walked out to my car to head home. Upon sitting down in my car the beef,-wrapped in tin foil, a huge NO NO, slipped though the brown bag and laced gravy all over my passenger seat. I was mad, I said to myself WTF, how can this thing be so wet I ordered it "dry" and why is it wrapped in tin foil and the fact they didnt give me any napkins really pissed me off. I proceeded to calm myself down and get home ASAP to eat the beef I was so craving for.
When I got home I opened the beef and was again shocked to see that the hot peppers that made the place so good had changed...it was basically all bits of celery with a few pepper seeds and oil, "hot celery" if you will. I ate the sandwich and the bread was at least a day old while the beef lacked any real flavor, still better than alot of places but nothing close to what they used to be and definitely not worthy of its starting spot on my "all-beef" team. Long story short...Chickie's is not dead yet, but they seem to be in a coma, clinging onto life support. I hope they survive itd be a shame to lose another classic.
2839 S Pulaski Rd
(between 28th St & 30th St)
Chicago, IL 60623