Chicago's Best Hot Dog Spots

Chicago's Best Hot Dog Spots

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Helping you pick up the pieces to your hot-dog-shattered life, we put together this list of Chicago's dog-slinging stands worth shifting your patronage to.

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    It's got the farthest-South genuine Vienna Beef dogs and fresh-cut fries in the city. That counts for something, right?
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    A 1950s-era stand best known for Italian beef and Italian-breaded steak, but also not surprisingly, a place making a pretty good dog, too. Whatever you get, it’s all just to lay down a base for its excellent milkshakes, anyway.
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    This guy's a 1950s-vintage joint in a new building in the shadow of the Skyway, still cranking out dogs, Italian beef, and Chicago-style gyros.
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    This is one of the few places you can try the dogless tamale in a bun that folks in the Great Depression ate when they couldn’t even afford a Chicago dog.
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    An unlikely place to find Doug-style gourmet dogs, perhaps, but this stand gives them a South Side spin, from the H-Dog with turkey chili to the Turducken Cobb Dog (topped like a Cobb salad).
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    Dating back to the old Maxwell St in the 1930s, this two-steps-below-no-frills stand takes you back to the primordial beginnings of Chicago dogs, and even better, the Polish sausage -- the 24-hour friend of the working man.
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    If there’s anywhere you ought to find hot dog tradition unchanged by time, it’s in the shadow of the Sox, and 35th St is a living museum of vintage dogs like this one.
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    $14 for a hot dog? Maybe -- but only if it comes to your table with individual mini-squeeze bottles of house-made ketchup, mustard, and relish, and if it’s as good as this upscale hotel restaurant’s house-made dog.
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    You’d expect one of the last-surviving, workingman’s greasy spoons Downtown to make a good, classic Chicago dog (the kind with pickle, tomatoes, sport pepper, etc.), and they do.
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    Yes, it’s a chain, but one that really did start in the blue collar suburb of Villa Park back in the 1950s, and turns out real-deal dogs to this day.
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    We'd trade the skinless dogs for natural casing Viennas, but otherwise, this friendly spot does a nice job with a Chicago dog and fresh-cut fries, along with other Chitown classics like gyros.
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    Chicago’s best drive-in restaurant has real carhops, fat, garlicky hot dogs, freshly cut crinkle-cut fries, and thick-as-a-brick shakes.
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