As Wisconsin’s Southern neighbor, it’s no surprise that Illinois takes its cheese consumption seriously, and that Chicago (as the state’s culinary epicenter) teems with both restaurants that pack as much of the celebrated dairy product as possible into their menus, and hungry aficionados ready to taste it in its myriad forms. To celebrate Chicago’s relentless commitment to all things cheesy, we’re rounding up five epic cheese-centric dishes worth trying right now.

Baked Burrata Lasagna at Il Porcellino

Burrata Lasagna at Il Porcellino.

Comforting Italian-American food is the name of the game at this casual, light-strewn spot in River North, and its crave-worthy lasagna is no exception. The hulking creation is comprised of seven layers of noodles, hearty Bolognese sauce, creamy bechamel, and fontina, and is crowned with a final layer of Bolognese and Angelo & Franco burrata right before it’s baked for a supreme level of cheesiness. 59 W. Hubbard St., 312-595-0800