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The Superdawg drive-in still serves its own proprietary beef sausages.
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Where to Eat Hot Dogs in Chicago

Enjoy them Chicago-style, Detroit-style, or even gourmet-style, but never, ever eat them with ketchup

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The Superdawg drive-in still serves its own proprietary beef sausages.
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The traditional Chicago-style Vienna hot dog comes “dragged through the garden,” but there are always new purveyors ready to shake things up with gourmet sausages and inventive toppings. The only rule is that ketchup is reserved exclusively for fries and young children who don’t know any better.

In this edition of Eater Chicago’s map of the city’s best wieners, there’s a glaring omission: Big Guys Sausage Stand. The shop, located in suburban Berwyn has temporarily closed. Owner Brendan O’Connor has warned that a variety of challenges (pandemic related and personal), may lead to the permanent closure of one of the Chicago area’s top hot dog shops. As is the depressing custom in the restaurant world, Big Guys has launched an online fundraising page for customers to help.

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1. Superdawg Drive-In

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6363 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60646
(773) 763-0660
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The special Superdawg proprietary all-beef sausage is perfectly complemented by pickled tomatoes. Enjoy it in the privacy of your car at one of the city’s only true drive-ins while admiring anthropomorphic sausage mascots Maury and Flaury, based on the stand’s owners. There’s also a suburban location in Wheeling.

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2. Wolfy's

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2734 W Peterson Ave
Chicago, IL 60659
(773) 743-0207
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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.

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3. Byron's Hot Dogs

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1701 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 271-0900

Byron's boiled dogs are probably one of the best examples of the Chicago-style dog. The empire may have shrunk — at one time Byron's had locations in front of Wrigley Field and in Lincoln Park where the massive Crate & Barrel store now stands. But the hot dogs always deliver a quality bite.

4. Flub A Dub Chub's

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3021 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 857-6500
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This delightful dog slinger is partially hidden in a basement along Broadway in Lakeview, so keep an eye out. The pulled pork chub dog is a fan favorite, and so is the quarter-pound “Chubby.”

5. The Wiener's Circle

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2622 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 477-7444
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The Wiener’s Circle isn’t a joke. Sure, most of its popularity comes from the scathing insults delivered by its counter servers late at night, after the bars empty out. But that’s just a much needed checks and balances system that’s quieted many a bro through the years. In 2021, ownership unveiled a renovation that includes a back bar and patio. The classic stand reminds the same with, arguably, the best char dogs in the city.

A brown sign that reads “We sells wieners.”
The Wieners Circle has been upgraded.
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6. Gene & Jude's

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2720 River Rd
River Grove, IL 60171
(708) 452-7634
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The Depression Dog variant is what makes Gene & Jude's an institution. Stuffed with french fries, this variant gives Chicagoans a reason to visit the suburbs.

Gene & Jude’s [Official Photo]

7. Chicago's Dog House

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816 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-3647
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The spiritual successor to Hot Doug's is often on the summer festival circuit. But stop by Chicago’s Dog House’s Lincoln Park location for the full arsenal of sausages named for local celebrities, including the Chance the Snapper Dog, which contains smoked alligator sausage, caramelized onions and sweet chili sauce.

Chicago’s Dog House [Official Photo]

8. Redhot Ranch

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2449 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 772-6020
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Red Hot Ranch’s all-natural sausages with their casing that just has enough bite are no longer a secret. The double dog is the way to go, as the sausages are a bit slimmer than at most places. There’s a second location in Lakeview, and, on the South Side, the same owners run 35th Street Dogs near Sox Park which has an identical menu.

9. Home Depot

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Home Depot, 1232 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

Not all Home Depots are created equal. There are six in Chicago (Avondale, Bucktown, Chatham, West Rogers Park, Chatham) and five in the suburbs (Evanston, Mount Prospect, two in Niles, Oak Lawn), all with special hot dog stands supplied by Makowski Sausage, a beloved South Side sausage maker. Fixin’ Franks, as the Tribune writes, sells affordable hot dogs at a high quality.

10. Original Jimmy's Red Hots

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4000 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60651
(773) 384-9513
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Jimmy's has instituted a complete ban on ketchup since it opened in 1954. Instead, customers can dip their fries in a house-made habanero hot sauce. In a small concession to changing times, Jimmy’s now serves a veggie dog.

11. Lola’s Coney Island

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2858 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 687-9459
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A love letter to Detroit, Lola’s Coney Island is a small restaurant that imports hot dogs, chili (from the National Chili Company, if you’re partisan), Better Made potato chips, Faygo, and Sanders bumpy cake from the Motor City. The stand also sells traditional Chicago-style red hots and a truly lovely avgolemono soup.

A Detroit-style hot dog covered with chili and mustard and onions.
Lola’s Coney Island dog
Lola’s Coney Island [Official Photo]

12. Fatso's Last Stand

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2258 W Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 245-3287
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Grilling a hot dog isn't a novice's task. The counter crew at Fatso's are experts: its char dog is one of the best in the city. The West Town staple now has a Lincoln Park location.

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13. Devil Dawgs on State

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767 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 583-9100
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Started near outside the Fullerton El stop as compensation for the loss of Demon Dogs, a beloved hot dog stand/shrine to the band Chicago, Devil Dawgs satisfied the neighborhood’s yearning for great hot dogs and fresh-cut fries (if not light rock) before moving downtown. There are now additional locations in Lakeview, the Gold Coast, and Wicker Park.

14. Lulu's Hot Dogs

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1000 S Leavitt St
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 243-3444
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This classic hot dog spot near UIC has been around since 1968. In addition to Italian beef, gyros, and Polish sausages, it serves the elusive turkey leg, a classic but nowadays seldom seen Chicago street food.

15. Dave's Red Hots

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3422 W Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL 60624
(773) 722-9935

Chicago’s oldest hot dog stand has been open since the early 1930s and has always been a family-owned business: first the Kaplans, then the Karms, and now the Fountains. The Karms originally refused to serve their hot dogs with any condiments besides mustard, pickles, and peppers, but restrictions have loosened over the years. Still, no ketchup is allowed.

16. The Duck Inn

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2701 S Eleanor St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 724-8811
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The Duck Inn's duck fat dog is the kind of mad scientist genius diners have come to expect from chef Kevin Hickey, who led two restaurants to Michelin stars before opening his own place in 2014. The hybrid beef/duck link is a welcome addition to Chicago's hot dog landscape.

Duck Inn [Official Photo]

17. Maxwell Street Depot

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411 W 31st St
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-3514
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While developers continue to reshape 31st Street, much to the chagrin of many locals, Maxwell Street Depot continues to serve Polish and hot dogs 24 hours a day.

18. Vienna Beef Factory Store

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3847 S Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 435-2298
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North Siders cried about Vienna Beef closing its Bucktown headquarters in 2016. But those in the know didn’t care: the Vienna Beef Factory Store reopened in Bridgeport shortly afterward. Vienna’s Hot Dog University program, previously offered through the factory store, continues, but since the pandemic, it’s only been offered online.

19. The Hog Dog Box

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330 E 51st St
Chicago, IL 60615

This father-daughter team of Bobby and Brooklyn Morelli has become a sensation shortly after they opened their first location in a shipping container in Boxville in Bronzeville, thanks to their creative hot dogs like the signature filet mignon. Earlier this year, they opened a restaurant in Portage Park.

20. Fred & Jack's

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7600 S Yale Ave
Chicago, IL 60620
(773) 783-9700

Since its humble beginnings as a push cart around 70 years ago, this Chicago hot dog stand has been serving the West Chatham community. It’s been around so long that the original owner, Jack Gullickson, purchased his kitchen equipment from Ray Kroc when the McDonald’s founder was still a humble salesman. The hot dogs and fixings are a little sweeter than at other stands, but everything is top notch down to the sport pepper.

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1. Superdawg Drive-In

6363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60646
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The special Superdawg proprietary all-beef sausage is perfectly complemented by pickled tomatoes. Enjoy it in the privacy of your car at one of the city’s only true drive-ins while admiring anthropomorphic sausage mascots Maury and Flaury, based on the stand’s owners. There’s also a suburban location in Wheeling.

6363 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60646

2. Wolfy's

2734 W Peterson Ave, Chicago, IL 60659
Wolfy’s [Official Photo]

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.

2734 W Peterson Ave
Chicago, IL 60659

3. Byron's Hot Dogs

1701 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Byron's boiled dogs are probably one of the best examples of the Chicago-style dog. The empire may have shrunk — at one time Byron's had locations in front of Wrigley Field and in Lincoln Park where the massive Crate & Barrel store now stands. But the hot dogs always deliver a quality bite.

1701 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

4. Flub A Dub Chub's

3021 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657

This delightful dog slinger is partially hidden in a basement along Broadway in Lakeview, so keep an eye out. The pulled pork chub dog is a fan favorite, and so is the quarter-pound “Chubby.”

3021 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

5. The Wiener's Circle

2622 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
A brown sign that reads “We sells wieners.”
The Wieners Circle has been upgraded.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The Wiener’s Circle isn’t a joke. Sure, most of its popularity comes from the scathing insults delivered by its counter servers late at night, after the bars empty out. But that’s just a much needed checks and balances system that’s quieted many a bro through the years. In 2021, ownership unveiled a renovation that includes a back bar and patio. The classic stand reminds the same with, arguably, the best char dogs in the city.

2622 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

6. Gene & Jude's

2720 River Rd, River Grove, IL 60171
Gene & Jude’s [Official Photo]

The Depression Dog variant is what makes Gene & Jude's an institution. Stuffed with french fries, this variant gives Chicagoans a reason to visit the suburbs.

2720 River Rd
River Grove, IL 60171

7. Chicago's Dog House

816 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Chicago’s Dog House [Official Photo]

The spiritual successor to Hot Doug's is often on the summer festival circuit. But stop by Chicago’s Dog House’s Lincoln Park location for the full arsenal of sausages named for local celebrities, including the Chance the Snapper Dog, which contains smoked alligator sausage, caramelized onions and sweet chili sauce.

816 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

8. Redhot Ranch

2449 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Red Hot Ranch’s all-natural sausages with their casing that just has enough bite are no longer a secret. The double dog is the way to go, as the sausages are a bit slimmer than at most places. There’s a second location in Lakeview, and, on the South Side, the same owners run 35th Street Dogs near Sox Park which has an identical menu.

2449 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

9. Home Depot

Home Depot, 1232 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Not all Home Depots are created equal. There are six in Chicago (Avondale, Bucktown, Chatham, West Rogers Park, Chatham) and five in the suburbs (Evanston, Mount Prospect, two in Niles, Oak Lawn), all with special hot dog stands supplied by Makowski Sausage, a beloved South Side sausage maker. Fixin’ Franks, as the Tribune writes, sells affordable hot dogs at a high quality.

Home Depot, 1232 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

10. Original Jimmy's Red Hots

4000 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60651

Jimmy's has instituted a complete ban on ketchup since it opened in 1954. Instead, customers can dip their fries in a house-made habanero hot sauce. In a small concession to changing times, Jimmy’s now serves a veggie dog.

4000 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60651

11. Lola’s Coney Island

2858 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
A Detroit-style hot dog covered with chili and mustard and onions.
Lola’s Coney Island dog
Lola’s Coney Island [Official Photo]

A love letter to Detroit, Lola’s Coney Island is a small restaurant that imports hot dogs, chili (from the National Chili Company, if you’re partisan), Better Made potato chips, Faygo, and Sanders bumpy cake from the Motor City. The stand also sells traditional Chicago-style red hots and a truly lovely avgolemono soup.

2858 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

12. Fatso's Last Stand

2258 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
Fatso’s Last Stand [Official Photo]

Grilling a hot dog isn't a novice's task. The counter crew at Fatso's are experts: its char dog is one of the best in the city. The West Town staple now has a Lincoln Park location.

2258 W Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

13. Devil Dawgs on State

767 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

Started near outside the Fullerton El stop as compensation for the loss of Demon Dogs, a beloved hot dog stand/shrine to the band Chicago, Devil Dawgs satisfied the neighborhood’s yearning for great hot dogs and fresh-cut fries (if not light rock) before moving downtown. There are now additional locations in Lakeview, the Gold Coast, and Wicker Park.

767 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

14. Lulu's Hot Dogs

1000 S Leavitt St, Chicago, IL 60612

This classic hot dog spot near UIC has been around since 1968. In addition to Italian beef, gyros, and Polish sausages, it serves the elusive turkey leg, a classic but nowadays seldom seen Chicago street food.

1000 S Leavitt St
Chicago, IL 60612

15. Dave's Red Hots

3422 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60624

Chicago’s oldest hot dog stand has been open since the early 1930s and has always been a family-owned business: first the Kaplans, then the Karms, and now the Fountains. The Karms originally refused to serve their hot dogs with any condiments besides mustard, pickles, and peppers, but restrictions have loosened over the years. Still, no ketchup is allowed.

3422 W Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL 60624

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16. The Duck Inn

2701 S Eleanor St, Chicago, IL 60608
Duck Inn [Official Photo]

The Duck Inn's duck fat dog is the kind of mad scientist genius diners have come to expect from chef Kevin Hickey, who led two restaurants to Michelin stars before opening his own place in 2014. The hybrid beef/duck link is a welcome addition to Chicago's hot dog landscape.

2701 S Eleanor St
Chicago, IL 60608

17. Maxwell Street Depot

411 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60616

While developers continue to reshape 31st Street, much to the chagrin of many locals, Maxwell Street Depot continues to serve Polish and hot dogs 24 hours a day.

411 W 31st St
Chicago, IL 60616

18. Vienna Beef Factory Store

3847 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60609

North Siders cried about Vienna Beef closing its Bucktown headquarters in 2016. But those in the know didn’t care: the Vienna Beef Factory Store reopened in Bridgeport shortly afterward. Vienna’s Hot Dog University program, previously offered through the factory store, continues, but since the pandemic, it’s only been offered online.

3847 S Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60609

19. The Hog Dog Box

330 E 51st St, Chicago, IL 60615

This father-daughter team of Bobby and Brooklyn Morelli has become a sensation shortly after they opened their first location in a shipping container in Boxville in Bronzeville, thanks to their creative hot dogs like the signature filet mignon. Earlier this year, they opened a restaurant in Portage Park.

330 E 51st St
Chicago, IL 60615

20. Fred & Jack's

7600 S Yale Ave, Chicago, IL 60620

Since its humble beginnings as a push cart around 70 years ago, this Chicago hot dog stand has been serving the West Chatham community. It’s been around so long that the original owner, Jack Gullickson, purchased his kitchen equipment from Ray Kroc when the McDonald’s founder was still a humble salesman. The hot dogs and fixings are a little sweeter than at other stands, but everything is top notch down to the sport pepper.

7600 S Yale Ave
Chicago, IL 60620

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