It seems that a number of beloved Chicago-style hot dog joints have closed in recent months and years. But because the Windy City is so well known for its hots dogs, there's still plenty of great places around downtown to grab a good hot dog or Italian beef sandwich, and that includes a number of popular joints that are a bit closer to the ‘meat’ of the city
So, if you live around the downtown Chicago area and find yourself craving an authentic Chicago-style dog, here’s a quick list of places you might want to consider:
Portillio’s Hot Dogs - 100 W. Ontario
If there’s one name that’s synonymous with hot dogs and beef sandwiches, it’s probably Portillio’s. Now a household name to most who call the Windy City home, they didn’t reach the big-time by serving bad food.
Downtown Dogs - 804 North Rush
A super convenient location for those who use the Red Line, Downtown Dogs might be our favorite spot for a variety of fast-food items like Polish sausages, cheap burgers, Italian beefs, and yes—a true Chicago-style hot dog.
America’s Dog - 21 E. Adams
So maybe a Chicago-style hot dog isn’t your thing. At America’s Dog, you’ll have your choice of whatever style hog dog you want, from a New York-style sauerkraut and brown mustard hot dog to San Francisco-style hot dog with chili, mustard, ketchup, relish, onions, pickles, tomatoes, cheese, and more. The options here are awesome, and for my money, the Memphis Dog is THE BEST!