Hot dog at the Four Seasons
Vienna Beef Hot Dog at Jim's Original
The hot dog at The Wieners Circle is charred and topped with the traditional condiments.
Mayor Daley dog at Chicago's Dog House
Hot Dog and Fries at Budacki's Drive In
Denver Dog at Zebra's Gourmet Hot Dogs.
Foie Dog at The Grid
Hot dog at Red Hot Ranch
Vegetarian dog and Kim and Carlo's
Publican Quality Meats
Dogzilla at Byron's
Hot dog at 35th Street Red Hots
Vienna Beef Factory Store hot dog
Hot Doug's Cheddar Jack-Stuffed Atomic Bomb Pork Sausage
Cheddar dog at U.B. Dogs
Hot dog at Flub A Dub Chub's
Green Chilies Mac & Cheese Dog at The Haute & the Dog
The Momona at Chubby Wieners
Foot long Chicago dog at Murphy's Red Hots.
Hot Dog at Gene & Jude's
Dippin' Dog at Wiener and Still Champion
Char Dog w/ Fries at Phil's Last Stand
Chicago style char dog at Gold Coast Dogs
House Made Mini Hot Dogs at Old Town Social
Jumbo Chicago dog at Portillo's.
Hot dog at Mustard's Last Stand
Hot with everything at Max's Take Out
Brunch Hot Dog at Franks 'N' Dawgs
Classic Superdawg at Superdawg
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.
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Hot Dog of the Day: Allium
Our 31st hot dog is from Allium.
The Wieners Circle
The hot dogs come with a side of terrible service.
Budacki's Drive In
American classics are served at this drive-in that's not a drive-in.
A decadent dog, served underground.
Kim and Carlo's
Can a veggie dog compete with its all-beef counterparts?
There's no reason to put shredded lettuce on a hot dog.
Vienna Beef Factory Store
The factory puts out a solid Chicago-style dog.
See that cheese? It's delicious.
The Haute and the Dog
This Wicker Park spot is all about gourmet dogs.
Murphy's Red Hots
Skip the cucumbers and you'll have a solid Chicago-style dog..
Wiener and Still Champion
A hot dog on a stick? Why not?
Gold Coast Dogs
This char dog has all the makings of a great hot dog.
A solid representation of the form.
Max's Take Out
The toppings on this dog are thick cut and generous.
This dog is sassed up with cucumber and green pepper slices.
This might be the cheapest meal in Andersonville.
This hot dog will set your mouth on fire.
Chicago's Dog House
A hot dog named for our former mayor.
Zebra's Gourmet Hot Dogs
A French roll takes this dog to the next level.
Depression dogs at Depression prices.
Publican Quality Meats
Upscale sausage offerings in the West Loop.
35th Street Red Hots
This dog is as disappointing as the White Sox this year.
Is this dog worth standing in line for?
Flub a Dub Chub's
Ask for ketchup here, and you'll get on the Wall of Shame.
The bun can't stand up to this delicious mess.
Gene & Jude's
Not much has changed since its recent reopening, and that's a good thing.
Phil's Last Stand
This dog has a nice balance of toppings.
Old Town Social
What does Chicago's reigning sausage king have to offer?
Mustard's Last Stand
The dog is great, but the fries are incredible.
Franks 'N' Dawgs
Yes, that's an egg on a hot dog.
Kitschy gimmickry aside, this is a great dog.