2622 N Clark St (773-477-7444)
Everything there is to know and say about the Wieners Circle after midnight is well-known and way-too-oft said. Which makes it all the more exigent to sing the praises of visiting this hot-dog stand in the daytime: The char dog is classic, the cheese fries are epic, and chilling with everyone from stroller pushers to blue-collar workers at one of the picnic tables along Clark Street makes for a quintessential Chicago afternoon.
FOOD10Seriously, we go there for the food
DRINKS3No booze, and no BYOB—probably for the best
CROWD6Not the drunken assholes you’ll find at night
VIEW9People-watching on Clark Street—underrated
SPACE7Can’t argue with picnic tables