Chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomatoes, pickled sport peppers, a dash of celery salt, and of course, mustard: To an outsider, this is an unlikely medley of toppings to put on a hot dog. However, to a Chicagoan, these are the flavors of home. Whether you’re a Chicago native, transplant, or are just here for a weekend, Chicago is teeming with both traditional and modern takes on the Chi-town classics that everyone must try (just please, don’t ask for ketchup).
Superdawg serves a unique Chicago experience, and they have locations in Wheeling and Norwood Park. With pickled tomatoes and homemade crinkle-cut fries, a Superdawg dogs give all other wieners a run for their money.
Hot G Dog
Hot G Dog is one of the closest replicas to its long-gone predecessor, Hot Dougs, with its gourmet specialty hot dogs. While their Chicago-dogs have a great snap and fresh ingredients, you must try their unique specials that change each week such as the Smoked Kielbasa, Crawfish, Bison, Fois Gras, Duck, and Buffalo. Also, be sure to bring cash, since it is cash only.
The Wiener Circle
For one of the best dogs in Chicago plus a little entertainment, go to the Wiener Circle. During the day, the place is family-friendly and welcoming. At night, the employees will yell obscenities at merely anyone who breathes, but it’s all in good fun. Order the Chicago char dog for a delicious treat at a Chicago institution that has been loved for decades.
The Duck Inn
For a not-so-traditional hot dog, head to The Duck Inn for their tribute to a Chicago classic. With all natural-beef and duck fat grilled to snap heaven, you are sure to get the perfect bite. It has received numerous accolades including being named Top Dog by Food Network.
Gene and Jude’s
Gene and Jude’s is the perfect late-night snack that’s worth the drive to the suburbs. Unlike other hot dog joints, there is no seating or fancy decorations. They give what they promise: an incredible and unforgettable hot dog that is ranked as one of the best in the country.
Chicago’s Dog House
This Lincoln Park staple serves up the classics like the Chicago Style Hot Dog and the Maxwell Street Polish, but you do not want to miss out on their specialty dogs! The Snoop Dog is a smorgasbord of homemade chili, colby cheese, and onion, while the T Frank Hot Dog is a palette perk of cream cheese, avocado, bacon, and homemade hot sauce.
Fatso’s Last Stand
From the basic hot dog and fries to the double char cheddar dog, Fatso’s Last Stand in Ukranian Village has a perfectly-cooked dog for everyone. Open until midnight Sunday-Thursday, and until 4am on Friday and Saturday, you can treat yourself to a hot dog and their famous milkshakes at any time of day!