The Top 14 Hot Dogs Joints in Chicago

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Chicago is undoubtedly the hot dog capital of America (and maybe the World).  As such it offers a mouthwatering assortment of wonderful hot dog spots offering everything from traditional Chicago-style hot dogs which are “dragged through the garden”, as well as new crop of haute dog spots that serve hot dogs and handcrafted sausages with inventive toppings. 

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1. Devil Dawgs

767 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 583-9100
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Devil Dawgs while unrelated to the old Demon Dogs, is its spiritual successor.  It is full of paraphernalia from the band Chicago. It uses Red Hot Chicago sausages in creative ways. There are also locations in Lincoln Park and Wicker Park. It features a wide range of hot dogs with interesting toppings and Devil Dawgs which are 1/4 lb hand-crafted grilled sausages, that also come with a wide assortment of interesting toppings.

Devil Dog’s [Official Photo]

2. Superdawg Drive-In

6363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60646
(773) 763-0660
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The special Superdawg proprietary all-beef sausage is served with pickled tomatoes. This is a unique Chicago experience in which the venue and packaging are as much fun as the food. There are also locations in Wheeling and Norwood Park.


3. Wolfy’s

2734 W Peterson Ave, Chicago, IL 60659
(773) 743-0207
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I love driving down Peterson and seeing that iconic 1960’s Wolfy’s sign with the fork and lights. This was my son’s favorite stop after soccer practice.  The jumbo char dog is my dog of choice here.

Wolfy’s [Official Photo]

3. Hot “G” Dog

5009 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 209-3360
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For encased meat enthusiasts who used to enjoy the now-closed Hot Doug’s, Hot G Dog seems to have copied many of  Doug’s recipes including the smokey, beefy, garlicky goodness of Doug’s Thuringer, which is my favorite.

Hot “G” Dog [Official Photo]

4. Wiener Circle

2622 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 477-7444
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This Lincoln Park hot dog stand is well known for its banter between customer and staff that almost borders on the offensive but never quite reaches the tipping point.  In recent years, the restaurant features funny messages on its marquee; either trashing Trump or something about the Cubs. My favorite here is the char dog with all the toppings including grilled onions. Word has it they are opening a new location in Rosemont at the new minor league baseball stadium there.

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

Gene & Jude’s [Official Photo]

6. Dog Haus Biergarten

2464 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 935-3647
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Yes, Dog Haus Biergarten tops its hot dogs with ketchup (gasp!), and uses Royal Hawaiian rolls instead of traditional buns, but the Biergarten is a great addition to Chicago’s hot dog landscape. There are dozens of gourmet sausages to pick from, but its traditional dog is my favorite. The casing has a nice snap to it and all the flavors are just a tad sweeter than the average hot dog. The Biergarten is an LA import, which just opened in Lincoln Park, and already has plans to add several more locations.

Dog Haus’s California-style dogs come on Hawaiian rolls.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

7. Chicago’s Dog House

816 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-3647
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If you were a regular at Hot Doug’s Encased Meat Emporium, then the Chicago’s Dog House is for you. The breadth and depth of their menu of gourmet hot dogs is impressive. My favorite is the Tijuana Street Dog for $5.00 that is topped with melted Chihuahua cheese, bacon, onions, jalapeno peppers, and hot sauce.  They also have dogs named after President Obama, Mayor Dailey, Mayor Rahm, and former Governor Blagojevich.

Chicago’s Dog House [Official Photo]

8. Red Hot Ranch

2072 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 772-6020

Red Hot Ranch is no-frills spot offering hot dogs, burgers & fries in a counter-serve space with outdoor seating, but it offers all-natural sausages with a casing that just has enough bite. The double dog is a favorite here, as the sausages are a bit slimmer than at most places.

4000 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60651
(773) 384-9513

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

Jimmy’s Red Hots [Unofficial Photo]

10. Downtown Dogs

804 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 951-5141
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A favorite for tourists from out of town who want to grab an authentic Chicago-style hot dog within walking distance from their hotel, Downtown Dogs, which used to be Gold Coast Dogs, is located on Rush Street surrounded by bars and hotels.  Their hot dogs are a treat after a night of partying but are equally delicious during the daylight hours. 

Downtown Dogs [Unofficial Photo]

11. Lola’s Coney Island

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. They get the proportions of a Coney’s signature mustard, chili, and onions perfect. The stand also sells traditional Chicago-style red hots.

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

12. Fatso’s Last Stand

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.

Fatso’s Last Stand [Official Photo]



13. Maxwell Street Depot

411 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-3514
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While developers continue to reshape 31st Street, Maxwell Street Depot continues to be a holdout and serves hungry diners 24 hours a day. The Polish and hot dogs still draw late-night crowds.


14. Morrie O’Malley’s Hot Dogs

3501 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 247-2700
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An institution for White Sox fans, Morrie O’Malley’s is a member of the Vienna Beef hall of fame and has been in Bridgeport for more than thirty years. This seasonal hot dog stand is steps away from Sox Park. 

Morrie O’Malley’s [Unofficial Photo]