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11 of Chicago's Best Hot Dogs, Mapped

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Chicago is world-renowned for its hot dogs for good reason. But where can you find the best of the best? The Eater Chicago Hot Dog Map has you covered, all the way from the suburbs to the south side.

Whether you like it charred, boiled, Chicago-style or non-traditional, these spots do dogs like nobody else. Some of them have been around for decades and it's easy to see why many will be around for decades to come.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Gene & Jude's

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2720 River Rd
River Grove, IL 60171
(708) 452-7634
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People flock to this legendary River Grove stand for good reason. The hot dogs are dressed with only mustard, onions, relish, sport peppers and topped with fries for what’s known as a “Depression Dog.” Just don’t ask for ketchup unless you want to be shunned.

2. Original Jimmy's Red Hots

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4000 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60651
(773) 384-9513
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A Chicago tradition dating back more than 50 years, Jimmy’s keeps things simple with its "Depression Dogs." Hot dogs topped with fries and absolutely no ketchup; it’s a true Chicago experience, right down to its location. If you’re not up for hot dogs, they make a solid Polish sausage as well.

3. Jim's Original Hot Dog

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1250 S Union Ave
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-7820
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There’s no better place to be than Jim’s after a long night out on the town. Open 24/7, the iconic stand serves Vienna Beef hot dogs topped with onions and loads of sport peppers. And while the dogs are great, the Polish sausages are second to none and what put Jim’s on the map so don’t hesitate to try both.

4. Superdawg Drive-In

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6363 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60646
(773) 763-0660
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One of the last few drive-ins left in the city, Superdawg has been serving its signature hot dogs in a box for more than half a century. It’s hard to miss the adorable wieners, named after owners Maurie and Flaurie, sitting atop the stand and you’ll be glad you didn’t. And what sets it apart from other Chicago dogs is the pickled green tomato slice that gives it that extra kick.

5. Fat Johnnie's

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7242 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60629
(312) 737-6294
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A literal shack on the south side, Fat Johnnie’s has garnered many accolades and a loyal following for its Chicago-style David Berg hot dogs. The menu offers everything from regular red hots to cheese and chili dogs, but it’s the "Mighty Dog" that really ups the ante. A hot dog and a tamale together on a bun with chili, cheese and a plethora of traditional fixings, including cucumbers. There’s nothing else quite like it.

6. Hot Doug's

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3324 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 279-9550
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There’s not much that hasn’t been said about this Chicago institution except there are only a few months left for diners to stand in line for sausages. There’s your standard Vienna Chicago dog as well as other usual suspects like a brat and a veggie dog, but Hot Doug’s really showcases its meats with specials. The foie gras and sauternes duck sausage is a longtime favorite while other specials include all types of game from kangaroo to rattlesnake. So start making plans because you have until Oct. 4 to get a last taste of Chicago history.

7. The Wiener's Circle

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2622 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 477-7444
Although it’s known for its food as much as its antics, the Wieners Circle’s Maxwell Street char dogs are good enough to put up with the abuse of the staff. It’s a late-night drinker’s nirvana at 3 a.m. in the morning with free entertainment to boot.

8. Byron's Hot Dog Haus

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1017 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 281-7474
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If you’re headed to Wrigley Field for a Cubs game, make sure to drop by Byron’s on the way and fill up. The Vienna beef franks are packed high with a garden’s worth of toppings and the jumbo dog is enough to satiate most eaters, but the hungriest will want to opt for the "Dogzilla," a half-pound hot dog to soak up all the alcohol that’s likely to follow.

9. Murphy's Red Hots

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1211 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 935-2882
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A Lakeview favorite, Murphy’s Vienna red hots are available boiled or charred with the usual array of Chicago-style condiments. It goes the extra mile though with the addition of lettuce and cucumber slices, which give it another layer of textures and flavors that set it apart from the competition. And if one dog’s not enough, try the red hot footlong for bigger appetites.

10. Fatso's Last Stand

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2258 W Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 245-3287
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It’s not the traditional Chicago-style dog but it’s every bit as good. The char dogs might be the best in town and you can even get them loaded with cheddar. It’s a delicious, greasy mess that’s suited for all hours of the day.

11. Franks 'N' Dawgs

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1863 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 281-5187
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Billed as “five-star dining on a bun,” Franks ‘N’ Dawgs elevates the sausage scene in Chicago with its haute dogs. There’s everything from lamb and goat sausages to "Krazy Kimchi" rolls topped with braised short rib, turnips, kimchi and wild rice. And you can never go wrong with the bacon mac ‘n’ cheese dog loaded with bacon sausage, truffle mac and bread crumbs. With Hot Doug's closing, there are few places offering the type of dogs available here.

1. Gene & Jude's

2720 River Rd, River Grove, IL 60171
People flock to this legendary River Grove stand for good reason. The hot dogs are dressed with only mustard, onions, relish, sport peppers and topped with fries for what’s known as a “Depression Dog.” Just don’t ask for ketchup unless you want to be shunned.
2720 River Rd
River Grove, IL 60171

2. Original Jimmy's Red Hots

4000 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60651
A Chicago tradition dating back more than 50 years, Jimmy’s keeps things simple with its "Depression Dogs." Hot dogs topped with fries and absolutely no ketchup; it’s a true Chicago experience, right down to its location. If you’re not up for hot dogs, they make a solid Polish sausage as well.
4000 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60651

3. Jim's Original Hot Dog

1250 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL 60607
There’s no better place to be than Jim’s after a long night out on the town. Open 24/7, the iconic stand serves Vienna Beef hot dogs topped with onions and loads of sport peppers. And while the dogs are great, the Polish sausages are second to none and what put Jim’s on the map so don’t hesitate to try both.
1250 S Union Ave
Chicago, IL 60607

4. Superdawg Drive-In

6363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60646
One of the last few drive-ins left in the city, Superdawg has been serving its signature hot dogs in a box for more than half a century. It’s hard to miss the adorable wieners, named after owners Maurie and Flaurie, sitting atop the stand and you’ll be glad you didn’t. And what sets it apart from other Chicago dogs is the pickled green tomato slice that gives it that extra kick.
6363 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60646

5. Fat Johnnie's

7242 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60629
A literal shack on the south side, Fat Johnnie’s has garnered many accolades and a loyal following for its Chicago-style David Berg hot dogs. The menu offers everything from regular red hots to cheese and chili dogs, but it’s the "Mighty Dog" that really ups the ante. A hot dog and a tamale together on a bun with chili, cheese and a plethora of traditional fixings, including cucumbers. There’s nothing else quite like it.
7242 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60629

6. Hot Doug's

3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
There’s not much that hasn’t been said about this Chicago institution except there are only a few months left for diners to stand in line for sausages. There’s your standard Vienna Chicago dog as well as other usual suspects like a brat and a veggie dog, but Hot Doug’s really showcases its meats with specials. The foie gras and sauternes duck sausage is a longtime favorite while other specials include all types of game from kangaroo to rattlesnake. So start making plans because you have until Oct. 4 to get a last taste of Chicago history.
3324 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

7. The Wiener's Circle

2622 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Although it’s known for its food as much as its antics, the Wieners Circle’s Maxwell Street char dogs are good enough to put up with the abuse of the staff. It’s a late-night drinker’s nirvana at 3 a.m. in the morning with free entertainment to boot.
2622 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

8. Byron's Hot Dog Haus

1017 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613
If you’re headed to Wrigley Field for a Cubs game, make sure to drop by Byron’s on the way and fill up. The Vienna beef franks are packed high with a garden’s worth of toppings and the jumbo dog is enough to satiate most eaters, but the hungriest will want to opt for the "Dogzilla," a half-pound hot dog to soak up all the alcohol that’s likely to follow.
1017 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613

9. Murphy's Red Hots

1211 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
A Lakeview favorite, Murphy’s Vienna red hots are available boiled or charred with the usual array of Chicago-style condiments. It goes the extra mile though with the addition of lettuce and cucumber slices, which give it another layer of textures and flavors that set it apart from the competition. And if one dog’s not enough, try the red hot footlong for bigger appetites.
1211 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

10. Fatso's Last Stand

2258 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
It’s not the traditional Chicago-style dog but it’s every bit as good. The char dogs might be the best in town and you can even get them loaded with cheddar. It’s a delicious, greasy mess that’s suited for all hours of the day.
2258 W Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

11. Franks 'N' Dawgs

1863 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Billed as “five-star dining on a bun,” Franks ‘N’ Dawgs elevates the sausage scene in Chicago with its haute dogs. There’s everything from lamb and goat sausages to "Krazy Kimchi" rolls topped with braised short rib, turnips, kimchi and wild rice. And you can never go wrong with the bacon mac ‘n’ cheese dog loaded with bacon sausage, truffle mac and bread crumbs. With Hot Doug's closing, there are few places offering the type of dogs available here.
1863 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

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