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A classic Chicago hot dog dragged through the garden.
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The 20 Essential Hot Dogs in Chicago

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A classic Chicago hot dog dragged through the garden.
| Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Chicago, the sausage capital of America, keeps on offering a smattering of wonderful new spots serving traditional Chicago-style hot dogs dragged through the garden, as well as gourmet spots with inventive toppings. As always, the ketchup is only for the fries and young children who don’t know better.

The classic Chicago preparation includes these toppings: yellow mustard, white onions (raw or grilled), green relish, tomatoes, celery salt, and sport peppers. Sometimes it’s challenging to differentiate Chicago dogs from one another. Most use Vienna Beef products and similar buns. The following hot dog slingers offer more thanks to longevity, proprietary encased meats, and just friendly surroundings. Yes, some may even allow that aforementioned red stuff to complement your sausage.

For the 2021 edition, Wiener’s Circle drops off as the hot dog stand remains closed so it can add a bar; Morrie O’Malley’s was removed for fresh blood. There are two new additions: Bronzeville sensation Hot Dog Box and one of the city’s oldest stands, Dave’s Red Hots.

Is this listing missing a favorite sausage slinger? Sound off in the comments.

As of June 11, Chicago restaurants have fully reopened and the city has lifted restrictions on capacity, masking, and social distancing. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following safety guidelines. The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is available here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Find a local vaccination site here.

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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 complimented by pickled tomatoes. This is a unique Chicago experience that will never be duplicated. There are also locations in Wheeling and Norwood Park.

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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.

Wolfy’s [Official Photo]

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 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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In Lakeview, walk downstairs off Broadway to find this delightful dog slinger. The pulled pork chub dog is a fan favorite, and so is the quarter-pound “Chubby.”

5. 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]

6. Dog Haus Biergarten Lincoln Park

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2464 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 935-3647
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Yes, it tops its dogs with ketchup, and uses Royal Hawaiian rolls, but Dog Haus Biergarten only adds to Chicago’s hot dog landscape. There are dozens of gourmet sausages to pick from, but its traditional dog is the best. The casing’s decent enough and all the flavors tend to be sweeter than the average hot dog. The LA import also is available via virtual kitchens.

Dog Haus’s California-style dogs come on Hawaiian rolls.
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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 to the Fullerton location for the full arsenal at Chicago’s Dog House. The "Chompers Gourmet Alligator Sausage" is 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 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. There are locations in Bucktown and Lakeview. On the South Side, the same owners run 35th Street Dogs near Sox Park; it has an identical menu.

9. 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, with more than a half a century of slinging sausages, needs to be on this list to ensure completeness.

10. 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 from the Motor City. That includes chili and franks from National Coney Island. It perfectly proportions a Coney’s signature mustard, chili, and onions. The stand also sells traditional Chicago-style red hots.

Lola’s Coney Island dog
Lola’s Coney Island [Official Photo]

11. 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, and Fatso's char dog is the best in the city. The West Town staple now has a Lincoln Park location.

Fatso’s Last Stand [Official Photo]

12. 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 and the United Center has been around since 1968. It’s an old-school stand with all the trappings of a Chicago street food spot.

13. Dave's Red Hots

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

Since 1938, this beloved relic has provided tasty red hots for an affordable price ($3.10). This classic hot dog stand has seen so much Chicago history, it’s worth a visit to get a taste of yesteryear.

14. Big Guys Sausage Stand

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7021 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 317-5213
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Down in Berwyn, Big Guys Sausage Stand abides by the motto "blue collar gourmet food." While the specialty sausages here are delicious, don't let them overshadow the traditional red hot.

15. 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 Kevin Hickey. The hybrid beef/duck link is a welcome addition to Chicago's hot dog landscape.

Duck Inn [Official Photo]

16. 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 diners for 24 hours a day. The Polish and hot dogs still draw late-night crowds.

17. 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. But those in the know didn’t care. The Vienna Beef Factory Store opened another location in 2016. Enjoy all the classics in Bridgeport.

18. The Hog Dog Box

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330 E 51st St
Chicago, IL 60615

This father-daughter team has blitzed Chicago and has become a sensation thanks to creative hot dogs like the signature filet mignon. Gourmet hot dogs are nothing new to Chicago, but when executed properly they bring smiles and satisfaction. They’re planning to expand from Bronzeville with a second location set to up in August in Portage Park. Turkey and vegan dogs are available.

19. Fat Johnnie’s Hot Dogs

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7204-7248, S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60636
 (773) 633-8196

Known for putting a tamale on a hot dog bun and piling on the fixing, Fat Johnnie’s is an institution high on charm. A visit by Anthony Bourdain brought national attention to the stand.

20. Fred & Jack's

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

For around 70 years, this Chicago hot dog stand has been serving the West Chatham community from its humble start as a push cart. They even have a connection to McDonald's founder Ray Kroc. The hot dogs and fixings are a little sweeter than others, but everything is top notch down to the sport pepper at Fred & Jack’s.

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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 complimented by pickled tomatoes. This is a unique Chicago experience that will never be duplicated. There are also locations in Wheeling and Norwood Park.

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 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

In Lakeview, walk downstairs off Broadway to find this delightful dog slinger. The pulled pork chub dog is a fan favorite, and so is the quarter-pound “Chubby.”

3021 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

5. 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

6. Dog Haus Biergarten Lincoln Park

2464 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Dog Haus’s California-style dogs come on Hawaiian rolls.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Yes, it tops its dogs with ketchup, and uses Royal Hawaiian rolls, but Dog Haus Biergarten only adds to Chicago’s hot dog landscape. There are dozens of gourmet sausages to pick from, but its traditional dog is the best. The casing’s decent enough and all the flavors tend to be sweeter than the average hot dog. The LA import also is available via virtual kitchens.

2464 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

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 to the Fullerton location for the full arsenal at Chicago’s Dog House. The "Chompers Gourmet Alligator Sausage" is 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 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. There are locations in Bucktown and Lakeview. On the South Side, the same owners run 35th Street Dogs near Sox Park; it has an identical menu.

2449 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

9. Original Jimmy's Red Hots

4000 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60651

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

4000 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60651

10. Lola’s Coney Island

2858 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
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 from the Motor City. That includes chili and franks from National Coney Island. It perfectly proportions a Coney’s signature mustard, chili, and onions. The stand also sells traditional Chicago-style red hots.

2858 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

11. 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, and Fatso's char dog is the best in the city. The West Town staple now has a Lincoln Park location.

2258 W Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

12. Lulu's Hot Dogs

1000 S Leavitt St, Chicago, IL 60612

This classic hot dog spot near UIC and the United Center has been around since 1968. It’s an old-school stand with all the trappings of a Chicago street food spot.

1000 S Leavitt St
Chicago, IL 60612

13. Dave's Red Hots

3422 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60624

Since 1938, this beloved relic has provided tasty red hots for an affordable price ($3.10). This classic hot dog stand has seen so much Chicago history, it’s worth a visit to get a taste of yesteryear.

3422 W Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL 60624

14. Big Guys Sausage Stand

7021 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402

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

7021 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn, IL 60402

15. 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 Kevin Hickey. The hybrid beef/duck link is a welcome addition to Chicago's hot dog landscape.

2701 S Eleanor St
Chicago, IL 60608

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16. 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 diners for 24 hours a day. The Polish and hot dogs still draw late-night crowds.

411 W 31st St
Chicago, IL 60616

17. Vienna Beef Factory Store

3847 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60609

North Siders cried about Vienna Beef closing its Bucktown headquarters. But those in the know didn’t care. The Vienna Beef Factory Store opened another location in 2016. Enjoy all the classics in Bridgeport.

3847 S Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60609

18. The Hog Dog Box

330 E 51st St, Chicago, IL 60615

This father-daughter team has blitzed Chicago and has become a sensation thanks to creative hot dogs like the signature filet mignon. Gourmet hot dogs are nothing new to Chicago, but when executed properly they bring smiles and satisfaction. They’re planning to expand from Bronzeville with a second location set to up in August in Portage Park. Turkey and vegan dogs are available.

330 E 51st St
Chicago, IL 60615

19. Fat Johnnie’s Hot Dogs

7204-7248, S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60636

Known for putting a tamale on a hot dog bun and piling on the fixing, Fat Johnnie’s is an institution high on charm. A visit by Anthony Bourdain brought national attention to the stand.

7204-7248, S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60636

20. Fred & Jack's

7600 S Yale Ave, Chicago, IL 60620

For around 70 years, this Chicago hot dog stand has been serving the West Chatham community from its humble start as a push cart. They even have a connection to McDonald's founder Ray Kroc. The hot dogs and fixings are a little sweeter than others, but everything is top notch down to the sport pepper at Fred & Jack’s.

7600 S Yale Ave
Chicago, IL 60620

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