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The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017
Allium Restaurant and Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

1. Allium Restaurant and Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

8.2
120 E Delaware Pl (at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago), Chicago, IL
Nuovo ristorante americano · Streeterville · 51 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: The restaurant at the Four Seasons offers a sausage that costs $16 on its lunch menu. It's an elevated Chicago-style beef sausage that features "homemade everything." Leggi tutto.

Big Guys Sausage Stand is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

2. Big Guys Sausage Stand

8.7
7021 Roosevelt Rd (btwn Home Ave & Wenonah Ave), Berwyn, IL
Paninoteca · 29 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Down in Berwyn, Big Guys Sausage Stand abides by the motto "blue collar gourmet food." While their specialty sausages are delicious, don't let them overshadow their traditional red hot. Leggi tutto.

Byron's Hot Dogs is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

3. Byron's Hot Dogs

7.7
1701 W Lawrence Ave (at Paulina Ave.), Chicago, IL
Locale da Hot Dog · Ravenswood · 21 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Byron's boiled dogs are probably one of the best examples of the Chicago-style dog. Leggi tutto.

Chicago's Dog House is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

4. Chicago's Dog House

8.1
816 W Fullerton Ave (btwn N Lincoln & N Halsted), Chicago, IL
Locale da Hot Dog · North Side · 28 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Their "Chompers Gourmet Alligator Sausage" is smoked alligator sausage, caramelized onions and sweet chili sauce. Leggi tutto.

Donald Duk's Red Hots is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

5. Donald Duk's Red Hots

6.6
636 N Ashland Ave (at W Erie St), Chicago, IL
Locale da Hot Dog · West Town · 13 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: The chain that was once given a cease and desist letter from Disney over the trade mark of a cartoon duck now has one location. Leggi tutto.

Fat Johnnies is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

6. Fat Johnnies

6.8
7242 S Western Ave (btwn W 72nd & W 73rd), Chicago, IL
Ristorante americano · Marquette Park · 19 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: It's a small shack with big flavors, including the "suicide sodas"—a mixture of all the fountain drinks. Leggi tutto.

Fatso's Last Stand is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

7. Fatso's Last Stand

8.8
2258 W Chicago Ave. (Oakley), Chicago, IL
Locale da Hot Dog · Ukrainian Village · 65 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Grilling a hot dog isn't a novice's task, and Fatso's char dog is the best in the city. Leggi tutto.

Felony Franks is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

8. Felony Franks

6.5
6427 North Ave (at Rossell Ave), Oak Park, IL
Locale da Hot Dog · 6 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: The stand is famous for having a staff of former convicts, helping them get back on their feet after prison. Leggi tutto.

Fred & Jack's is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

9. Fred & Jack's

8.4
7600 S Yale Ave (btwn 76th & Vincennes), Chicago, IL
Ristorante messicano · West Chatham · 47 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: The hot dogs and fixing are a little sweeter than others, but everything is top notch down to the sport pepper. Leggi tutto.

Gene's & Jude's is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

10. Gene's & Jude's

6.8
2720 River Rd (btwn Cherry Ave & Grand Ave), River Grove, IL
Locale da Hot Dog · 174 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: The Depression Dog variant is what makes Gene & Jude's an institution. Leggi tutto.

Hot"G"Dog is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

11. Hot"G"Dog

8.0
5009 N Clark St, Chicago, IL
Locale da Hot Dog · Uptown · 24 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Hot "G" has lifted many Doug's recipes. But those who miss the smoked, garlic goodness of Doug's Thuringer... or the Foie gras dog...have a spot. Leggi tutto.

Jim's Original Hot Dog is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

12. Jim's Original Hot Dog

8.5
1250 S Union Ave (at James M Rochford St), Chicago, IL
Locale da Hot Dog · University Village - Little Italy · 90 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Does a polish sausage count as a hot dog? If so, then Jim's belongs on this list, as their Maxwell Street polish sausages, with onions and sport peppers, are a true taste of Chicago. Leggi tutto.

Old Town Social is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

13. Old Town Social

455 W North Ave (at N Cleveland Ave), Chicago, IL
Pub ristorante · Old Town · 121 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: The housemade mini dogs off Old Town Social's starters menu offers up a trio of options: Chicago, Coney or Corn. There's a lot more thought into the dogs than diners would believe. Leggi tutto.

Original Jimmy's Red Hots is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

14. Original Jimmy's Red Hots

8.7
4000 W Grand Ave (at N Pulaski Rd), Chicago, IL
Locale da Hot Dog · Northwest Side · 48 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Jimmy's, with more than a half a century of slinging sausages, needs to be on this list to ensure completeness. Leggi tutto.

Portillo's is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

15. Portillo's

9.0
100 W Ontario St (at Clark St), Chicago, IL
Locale da Hot Dog · River North · 655 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: The Eater 38 member produces a faithful version of the traditional Chicago-style dog. Leggi tutto.

Red Hot Ranch is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

16. Red Hot Ranch

8.0
2072 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Locale da Hot Dog · Logan Square · 32 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Red Hot Ranch is no longer a secret with its all-natural sausages with a casing that just has enough bite. The double dog is the way to go, as the sausages are a bit slimmer than at most places. Leggi tutto.

Superdawg Drive-In is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

17. Superdawg Drive-In

9.2
6363 N Milwaukee Ave (btwn Devon Ave & Highland Ave), Chicago, IL
Locale da Hot Dog · Norwood Park East · 155 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: The special Superdawg proprietary all-beef sausage is perfectly complimented by pickled tomatoes. This is a unique Chicago experience that will never be duplicated. Leggi tutto.

The Duck Inn is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

18. The Duck Inn

8.7
2701 S Eleanor St, Chicago, IL
Pub ristorante · Bridgeport · 45 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: The Duck Inn's Duck Fat Dog is a the kind of mad scientist genius diners have come to expect from Kevin Hickey. The hybrid beef/duck link is a welcome addition to Chicago's hot dog landscape. Leggi tutto.

The Wiener's Circle is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

19. The Wiener's Circle

7.9
2622 N Clark St (btwn Drummond Pl & Wrightwood Ave), Chicago, IL
Locale da Hot Dog · Park West · 129 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Don't get lost in the ambience and the show at The Wiener's Circle. The char dog is among the best in the city. Leggi tutto.

Wolfy's is one of The Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago, Updated 2017.

20. Wolfy's

8.0
2734 W Peterson Ave (at N California Ave), Chicago, IL
Locale da Hot Dog · West Ridge · 32 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: There's a certain joy driving down Peterson and seeing that iconic Wolfy's sign with the fork and lights. The jumbo char dog is the proper choice here. There's also Wolfy's in Northbrook. Leggi tutto.