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.
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.|