What happened to ... The Original Ita...

What happened to ... The Original Italian U-Boat sandwich chain?

There are 37 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 26, 2009, titled What happened to ... The Original Italian U-Boat sandwich chain?. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

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Annaliese

Geneva, IL

#2 Mar 27, 2009
My mom used to make a special trip to the Roosevelt Road store "back in the day", and there has never been a better U-Boat sandwich since -- nowhere, never, not-happening. I am proud to have had my first taste of fast food at Italian U-Boat and it set the bar very high for all salami and ham sandwiches for me.(And I don't even really like meat.) I have been disappointed by all other imitators ever since. Every. Time. But thanks for the yummy memories, Vito and Jim!!
Jennifer

Carmel, IN

#3 Mar 27, 2009
My first job was at an Italian UBoat chain in 1981. It was very family oriented. Thanks to them, I was introduced to Capacolla, provolone cheese and other exotic things. This was so exiting for a girl who grew up on Velvetta & Spam. I also felt that it was a step above working at McDonald's or Burger King at the time.
Kent

Lake Bluff, IL

#4 Mar 27, 2009
Remember Yankee Doodle Dandy hamburger place? It was awesome. Think they had on in Libertyville and all over the northwest burbs
Bill

Waterford, OH

#5 Mar 27, 2009
The U-Boat Capicola is still the best sub I have ever had. Even better than the very good one at Augustino's.
jfp

Chicago, IL

#6 Mar 27, 2009
I used to go to the one on 63rd street just east of Cicero on the north side of the street. Loved the salami subs, very tasty sandwiches and they never skimped on quality like a lot of the chains do.
jfp

Chicago, IL

#7 Mar 27, 2009
The "Dandy Burger" yes! I went to the one on 63rd just west of Austin.
Greg

United States

#8 Mar 27, 2009
There were two near where I grew up at 87th and Cicero and 90th and Harlem. They always had great food.
cityboy1961

Berwyn, IL

#10 Mar 27, 2009
I used to go to the U-Boat in Woodfield Mall back in the day. Great sandwich at a great price, plus if memory serves me correctly, you could get a beer there too! Top that, Subway! As for now, Hero's at Western and Addison is where its at!
edgewater

Hammond, IN

#11 Mar 27, 2009
the u boat was sunk
Just an American

Tampa, FL

#12 Mar 27, 2009
I loved the U-Boat. I was very sad to see it go. I still crave their sandwiches. Tri-Village in Hanover Park had a great Italian Sub as well!
Kevin

Lincoln, IL

#13 Mar 27, 2009
I used to go to the U-Boat on Cicero on the north side every week in grammer school. Best subs I ever had.
Erich Krausser

Chicago, IL

#14 Mar 27, 2009
In 1979 Italian U-Boot ran a contest to name their mascot. Well, I won. I entered the contest at their Cicero location which was a block from my apartment. The prize: a trip for two to Las Vegas, which my wife and I used for our honey. Somewhere are photos of me with the two models in Comiskey Park, where the name and prize winner were announced.
Marlene

Stone Park, IL

#15 Mar 27, 2009
The Italian U-Boat was the best sub around. Augustino's is close, but there was something special about the U-Boat.
David v

Schiller Park, IL

#16 Mar 27, 2009
Boy! do I remember the Original Italian U-Boat. That was, and still is, the best sub I've ever had. All my cousin would have to say is" let's get a U boat." and we were on our way to Highland and Roosevelt.
good memories

Hull, IL

#17 Mar 27, 2009
The Italian U-Boats were tasty sandwiches. I used to get them, a bunch! I wish they were still around as an alternative to Subway.
Yep, tasty!
good memories

Hull, IL

#18 Mar 27, 2009
Erich Krausser wrote:
In 1979 Italian U-Boot ran a contest to name their mascot. Well, I won. I entered the contest at their Cicero location which was a block from my apartment. The prize: a trip for two to Las Vegas, which my wife and I used for our honey. Somewhere are photos of me with the two models in Comiskey Park, where the name and prize winner were announced.
You won? Hey, I was second place. Bet that was slick being there in the ball park! 2nd place did not get the ball park prize. My entry was Umberto Delicious!

Alz

Since: Oct 08

Chicago

#19 Mar 27, 2009
good memories wrote:
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You won? Hey, I was second place. Bet that was slick being there in the ball park! 2nd place did not get the ball park prize. My entry was Umberto Delicious!
All of these stories are what makes this country so great.

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I hope it doesn't get ruined now.
cityboy1961

Berwyn, IL

#20 Mar 30, 2009
Tri-Village in Hanover Park...boy I haven't heard that name in a long time. They used to have a sandwich called the "Lottaburger". Someone else mentioned Yankee Doodle Dandy, there used to be one in Bensenville near York road and Green street. Anyone recall a place on the far NW side called Henry's or O'Henry's? Where was that?
jon bon jovi

Glen Ellyn, IL

#21 Mar 30, 2009
how about a fried chicken place called"the barn" at 95th st.and northwest highway?
Erbie James

Raleigh, NC

#22 Oct 11, 2009
In 1979 I flew into Midway airport regularly with Airborne Express. The pilots and I would head down the street to the Italian U-Boat to get a sandwich before leaving. I always looked forward to getting one, they were great! Sad to hear they are gone.

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