Illinois is famous for plenty of iconic foods, but there’s nothing quite like getting a hot dog here. Plenty of people do ’em differently – some of them Chicago style, some not. Here are the 10 places you should hit up if you want a fantastic hot dog.
1. Billy's in Palatine
Billy's is located at 52 W Illinois Ave, Palatine, IL. Yes, the perfect Chicago style hot dog is not located in Chicago.
2. Gene and Jude's
Gene and Jude's is located at 2720 River Rd, River Grove. They've been doing this since 1946. The hot dogs are phenomenal and definitely don't miss the hand cut fries.
Superdawg is located at 6363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. This place is truly a Chicago institution. A classic drive-in since 1948, these Chicago-style dogs are spot-on.
4. Plutos Beef and Hot Dogs
Plutos is located at 10341 S Cicero Ave, Oak Lawn. It's all about that Vienna Beef dog, guys. Yum.
5. Murphy's Red Hots
Murphy's is located at 1211 W Belmont Ave, Chicago. There's no way you'll walk by this storefront (located in a house) because the smell will get you right away. And the taste of these dogs is even better!
With locations across Chicagoland, sure, Portillo's is a chain. But there's a reason why there's always a line of cars waiting to get in here. The food is delicious. Their hot dog might be the best thing they make.
Allium is located at 120 E Delaware Pl, Chicago--yeah, that's the Four Seasons Hotel. So you know they do it fancy up in there. Just check out the picture. Nevertheless, the dog is good.
8. Belly Shack
Belly Shack is located at 1912 N Western Ave, Chicago. Why go to a Latin-Asian fusion restaurant for a hot dog? Because they are so darn good. It's topped with egg noodles and pickled papaya.
9. Fatso's Last Stand
Fatso's is located at 2258 W Chicago Ave, Chicago. Just look how beautiful these dogs look. Guys, they even have a veggie dog...and it's good.
10. The Wiener's Circle
The Wiener's Circle, should you dare to venture out there, is located at 2622 N Clark St, Chicago. The dogs are good, but the real reason people head out here? To get a serving of (playful) verbal abuse. The workers are salty and you'll just have a ball.