Where to Get the Best Chicago-Style Hot Dog in Downtown Chicago

While Chicago is now a well-respected culinary city with some of the best chefs and restaurants in the country, there are three specific items for which we’re known: Italian beef, deep dish pizza, and the Chicago-style hot dog.

This last concoction is a very specific recipe featuring a Vienna beef dog, a steamed poppy seed bun, and a garden of toppings and condiments that never, ever include ketchup. Here’s where you can you get the best Chicago-style hot dogs in downtown Chicago.

For many Portillo’s is the standard by which other hot dog (and Italian beef) creators are measured. The popular chain has locations all over the city and as far away as Arizona and California. The original location was a trailer in Villa Park called “The Dog House” in 1963. Upgraded to a stand-alone building in 1967, the name was changed to Portillo’s. The first Chicago location opened in 1994 at Clark and Ontario and it’s still there today. While you’re there, take a look at the memorabilia from the original Chicago Stadium.

You might not think that the restaurant in the Four Seasons would have one of the best Chicago dogs in town, but it does. Allium has created a from-scratch version of the Windy City classic, featuring house made everything, from the dog itself to the poppy seed bun to the pickle spear nestled on top.

U.B. Dogs is a classic counter diner in the Loop that’s only open during the week. With nothing on the menu more than $5, you can have an affordable lunch. In addition to the Chicago dog, they’ve got freshly made burgers, Maxwell Polish (another Chicago classic), and chicken sandwiches.

When you’re in the mood for a Chicago-style hot dog, nothing else will do. These spots will fix your craving, and since each one is completely different from the others you can get some variety, too. For more places to indulge in classics from the Windy City, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


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