Restaurants , Hot dogs River North
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Portillo's serves one of the best hot dogs in Chicago.

This über-efficient local chain, begun in Villa Park in 1963, is mostly found in the suburbs. But at the one city Portillo's, in tourist-heavy River North, out-of-towners flock in search of an authentic Chicago dog. The thick, nicely juicy dog comes on poppyseed bun steamed to perfect softness and with a generous helping of thick-cut tomatoes, onions and a hefty pickle slice.

Venue name: Portillo's
Address: 100 W Ontario St

Cross street: between Clark and LaSalle Sts
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 10:30am-11pm; Fri, Sat 10am-midnight
Transport: El stop: Red to Chicago, Grand.
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Laura R

Portillo's in River North gets packed in the evenings! The process to order can be a little confusing if you've never been there before, but don't worry, the greasy goodness is worth it. Grab a table and chow down on a burger and shake. A new Portillo's is coming to Chicago soon too! 

Madeline N

I was raised out in the burbs, which also means I was raised on portillos. you seriously can't go wrong with anything on their menu, though I would say their cake shake and burger are my favorite. They also have one of the best Chicago style hot dogs around.


One of my favorite fast food chains in Chicago. Their Italian beef to the Chicago style hot dogs are great. I would also recommend the cake shake. They are also fast about serving your food even if they are really busy.