There are hot dogs, and then there are Chicago-style hot dogs. All-beef and served up on a classic poppy seed bun with a standard set of fixings, these hot dogs represent a food group unique to the Windy City.
No matter your preference, there’s a Chicago-style hot dog for you at one of these go-to spots. Try one or try them all, but be warned, no ketchup is allowed.
Vienna Beef Factory Store & Café
If you’re enjoying a Chicago dog, you’re likely gorging on a variation of Vienna Beef. You can get right to the source where the café serves hungry patrons alongside the very workers who turn out these beloved hot dogs each and every day.
Portillo’s Chicago-style hot dogs have impressed residents and visitors alike since 1963. Try the Char-Grilled Maxwell Street Style Polish Hot Dog, a classic dog with mustard and grilled onions made the same way as on historic Maxwell Street.
Gene & Judges’s
Serious Eats named Gene & Judge’s “top dog,” and we know why. These plump and extra beefy dogs arrive with mustard, relish, onions and sport peppers. With a handful of just-fried hand-cut fries heaped on top, you’ll want to immediately order a second.
Jimmy’s Red Hots
Jimmy’s Red Hots has been serving up Chicago-style dogs through a tiny walk-up window for more than five decades. Order the Depression Dog – a flavorful dog on a steamed bun and topped with the usual fixings. Don’t forget extra napkins for after you tackle the greasy fries perched atop this delectable feast.
Flub A Dub Chubs
This family run operation started serving up Chicago-style hot dogs with classic toppings in 2008. You’ll be sure to enjoy the Vienna beef dog with fresh toppings, but you can also venture out of the standard fare and sample a veggie dog, too.