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Chicago hot dogs: Reviews of 31 Chicago dogs during July

In celebration of National Hot Dog Month, we reveal a new review of a Chicago hot dog every day in July.

 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
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Photograph: Martha Williams

Hot dog at the Four Seasons

2/31

Vienna Beef Hot Dog at Jim's Original

3/31

The hot dog at The Wieners Circle is charred and topped with the traditional condiments.

4/31

Mayor Daley dog at Chicago's Dog House

 (Photograph: Maddie Blecha)
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Photograph: Maddie Blecha

Hot Dog and Fries at Budacki's Drive In

6/31

Denver Dog at Zebra's Gourmet Hot Dogs.

 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
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Photograph: Martha Williams

Foie Dog at The Grid

8/31

Hot dog at Red Hot Ranch

9/31

Vegetarian dog and Kim and Carlo's

10/31

Publican Quality Meats

11/31

Dogzilla at Byron's

12/31

Hot dog at 35th Street Red Hots

13/31

Vienna Beef Factory Store hot dog

14/31

Hot Doug's Cheddar Jack-Stuffed Atomic Bomb Pork Sausage

15/31

Cheddar dog at U.B. Dogs

16/31

Hot dog at Flub A Dub Chub's

 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
17/31
Photograph: Martha Williams

Green Chilies Mac & Cheese Dog at The Haute & the Dog

18/31

The Momona at Chubby Wieners

 (Photograph: Erin Delahanty)
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Photograph: Erin Delahanty

Foot long Chicago dog at Murphy's Red Hots.

20/31

Hot Dog at Gene & Jude's

21/31

Dippin' Dog at Wiener and Still Champion

 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
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Photograph: Martha Williams

Char Dog w/ Fries at Phil's Last Stand

23/31

Chicago style char dog at Gold Coast Dogs

24/31

House Made Mini Hot Dogs at Old Town Social

25/31

Jumbo Chicago dog at Portillo's.

26/31

Hot dog at Mustard's Last Stand

27/31

Hot with everything at Max's Take Out

 (Photograph: Erin Delahanty)
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Photograph: Erin Delahanty

Brunch Hot Dog at Franks 'N' Dawgs

29/31

Susie's Drive-Thru

30/31

Classic Superdawg at Superdawg

31/31

Huey's Hotdogs

In a city that loves its hot dogs perhaps even more than it loves its pizza, declaring the best opens up a mustard-hued floodgate of criticism. But we know of no better way to honor that 31-day holiday, National Hot Dog Month, than eating and reviewing a new hot dog every day in July. Some are from humble hot dog stands, some from restaurants in fancy hotels (only in Chicago, right?), but all get a thorough critique from our no-nonsense writers. Disagree with our assessments? Let us have it in the comments section. Just like a Vienna beef dog, we have strong outer shells.

RECOMMENDED: Guide to Chicago hot dogs

Hot Dog of the Day: Allium
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Hot Dog of the Day: Allium

Our 31st hot dog is from Allium.

The Wieners Circle
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The Wieners Circle

The hot dogs come with a side of terrible service.

Budacki's Drive In
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Budacki's Drive In

American classics are served at this drive-in that's not a drive-in.

The Grid
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The Grid

A decadent dog, served underground.

Kim and Carlo's
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Kim and Carlo's

Can a veggie dog compete with its all-beef counterparts?

Byron's
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Byron's

There's no reason to put shredded lettuce on a hot dog.

Vienna Beef Factory Store
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Vienna Beef Factory Store

The factory puts out a solid Chicago-style dog.

U.B. Dogs
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U.B. Dogs

See that cheese? It's delicious.

The Haute and the Dog
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The Haute and the Dog

This Wicker Park spot is all about gourmet dogs.

Murphy's Red Hots
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Murphy's Red Hots

Skip the cucumbers and you'll have a solid Chicago-style dog..

Wiener and Still Champion
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Wiener and Still Champion

A hot dog on a stick? Why not?

Gold Coast Dogs
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Gold Coast Dogs

This char dog has all the makings of a great hot dog.

Portillo's
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Portillo's

A solid representation of the form.

Max's Take Out
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Max's Take Out

The toppings on this dog are thick cut and generous.

Susie's Drive-Thru
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Susie's Drive-Thru

This dog is sassed up with cucumber and green pepper slices.

Huey's Hotdogs
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Huey's Hotdogs

This might be the cheapest meal in Andersonville.

Jim's Original
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Jim's Original

This hot dog will set your mouth on fire.

Chicago's Dog House
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Chicago's Dog House

A hot dog named for our former mayor.

Zebra's Gourmet Hot Dogs
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Zebra's Gourmet Hot Dogs

A French roll takes this dog to the next level.

Redhot Ranch
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Redhot Ranch

Depression dogs at Depression prices.

Publican Quality Meats
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Publican Quality Meats

Upscale sausage offerings in the West Loop.

35th Street Red Hots
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35th Street Red Hots

This dog is as disappointing as the White Sox this year.

Hot Doug's
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Hot Doug's

Is this dog worth standing in line for?

Flub a Dub Chub's
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Flub a Dub Chub's

Ask for ketchup here, and you'll get on the Wall of Shame.

Chubby Wieners
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Chubby Wieners

The bun can't stand up to this delicious mess.

Gene & Jude's
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Gene & Jude's

Not much has changed since its recent reopening, and that's a good thing.

Phil's Last Stand
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Phil's Last Stand

This dog has a nice balance of toppings.

Old Town Social
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Old Town Social

What does Chicago's reigning sausage king have to offer?

Mustard's Last Stand
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Mustard's Last Stand

The dog is great, but the fries are incredible.

Franks 'N' Dawgs
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Franks 'N' Dawgs

Yes, that's an egg on a hot dog.

Superdawg
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Superdawg

Kitschy gimmickry aside, this is a great dog.

Comments

1 comments
Jan S

If you go to a Bear's game, you must have a Chicago dog outside of the stadium at the north end zone, in front of the Field museum.  Terrific and a great price.  Don't know where they spend the rest of their time....wish I knew.