Re:Fried clams in Chicago?
Alas, I am at a loss on this one too. By fried clams I assume you mean the ones with bellies. Once you get out of New England, they are rarity, except in certain parts of Florida and California, where a cple of ex=pats have braved to try and offer them.
ChiTown...clam strips are really not the same thing. Different type of clam all together
Danimal.if the strips are what you crave, you might find a (weak) substitute in the supermarket from the likes of Gortons, Mrs. Paul's etc. They work better fried in oil than oven baked, but still a far cry from the "real thing"