Chicago’s Dog House

Restaurants , Hot dogs Lincoln Park
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Chicago’s Dog House
Photograph: Martha Williams
Chicago's Dog House

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, Hot Doug’s Doug Sohn must be blushing. The friendly recent grads running the show at this hot-dog shop in the heart of Lincoln Park serve picture-perfect Chicago-style dogs and hand-dipped corn dogs along with a rotating menu of franks with cheeky names like the Blago (“Opening bid: $1,000”) and the Snoop Dogg. Specialty sausages are hit-or-miss (the rib-eye steak dog was nearly swallowed inside a dry-and-bready French roll), and curly wisps of potatoes are not quite crispy enough to be chips nor substantial enough to be fries. Still, if it’s time—not duck fat—you value, consider this a viable wait-free alternative to Doug’s.

Venue name: Chicago’s Dog House
Contact:
Address: 816 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago
60614
Cross street: at Lincoln Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 11am–8pm, Thu–Sat 11am–3am, Sun noon–5pm
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to Fullerton. Bus: 8, 11, 74.
Price: Average hot dog: $4
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Carrie G
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After trying out Chicago's Dog House at Taste of Chicago I wanted to pay their brick & mortar store a visit and I'm glad I did. There's a huge amount of options (as long as you eat meat - duh) so that everyone can get what they want. Basic hot dog with ketchup? Got it. Chicago Style? Got it. Various named dogs (Rahm, Snoop, Chihuahua, Mayor Daley, etc)? Check. But what I came for was a gourmet sausage. I loved the smoked alligator sausage and friends were big fans of the rattlesnake & rabbit. The kangaroo tasted a bit.... earthy? But that may just be how kangaroo tastes - this was my first time trying it. Overall, good food and good prices = worth the visit.