Re:NWest Suburbs. I am the Burgermaven. and live in this area.
This may be a little egocentric, but I assume you're posting this information in response to The Contingent's tour of Des Plaines on February 23rd. Sorry you can't join us. Is this a permanent move to Florida, or just a "snowbird" trip?
Paradise Pup is a definite stop on the tour. I've never had their Italian Beef, but will make a point of checking it out on a future visit.
Never been to North Branch, and I'm personally not in need of Deep Dish Pizza "as good as Burt's Place", but I might stop in for one of those Burgers or bar food. There's a bunch of thin crust Pizza places on Wolf, so not sure which one you're referring to. Maybe Mugs?
Anyway, sorry you won't be able to join us. Enjoy Florida!