Your Chicago: The Sandwich Remains The Same At Hero’s

CHICAGO (CBS) – In a world that keeps changing, Ted Machnik has found something he loves that has stayed exactly the same.

Machnik graduated in 1974 from Lane Tech High School. He recently went back to walk the lane between Lane Tech and one of his old haunts: Hero’s.

“It tastes today just like it tasted 30 or 40 years ago,” Machnik tells CBS 2’s Kate Sullivan. 

Hero’s, at the busy corner of Western and Addison, looks exactly the same, too. Not even the employees have changed.

Sharon Vitale’s father started the sandwich shop on Sept. 1, 1963. His simple concept: order whatever kind of sandwich you want, serve it on good bread and value your customers.

Over the past 48 years, very little has changed on the menu.

“I think we’ve added nachos and that’s about it,” Vitale says.

Machnik, a judge, drives 30 minutes for a taste of his Chicago childhood. He orders the Italian cold-cut sub.

Hero’s is known for its mixed cold-cuts sub, which costs $5.05. That’s one thing that has changed. In 1963, that very sandwich cost 75 cents.

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  • Norman Massel

    I just ate there today with my son who graduated from Lane in 2008! I’ve been going there too for 40 years!

  • Rhea

    Now I have a craving for subs, and the restaurant is closed. :(

    Gustatory complaint aside, Hero’s sounds like an awesome place, and I’ll be sure to stop in when I’m on the northside. I think it’s great that a good Mom-n-Pop place has stayed around so long. Establishments like this are fond memories and traditions in an ever-changing world.

  • Gary Dietz

    Sharon, you didn’t mention me, someone that still visits regularly. Still my favorite sub in the world.

  • Lloyd Domres

    I’m 54 and I haven’t lived in the city for over 25 years. I have to go there one day soon, I used to eat there at least twice a week growing up on the North side.

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