Gene & Jude's

Restaurants, Hot dogs Suburbs
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Gene and Jude's
Photograph: Courtesy Gene and Jude's

Do not ask for ketchup when you order one of the legendary slender, snappy hot dogs that come topped with a fistful of fries at this SRO institution that’s been serving ’em up since 1951. The surly types behind the counter don’t go for sissy stuff like that. Claim your place at the end of the perpetually long line and entertain yourself by watching potatoes being cut and fried into perfect greasy strips while you wait. Once it’s your turn, order your dog with everything, then count your blessings for the wax paper-wrapped bliss that lies before you.

By: Lauren Rothman


Venue name: Gene & Jude's
Address: 2720 N River Rd
River Grove
Cross street: between Grand and Cherry Aves
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 10:30am-1am; Fri, Sat 10:30am-2am
Transport: Train: N Central to River Grove.
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

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Meh. We were in the area remodel shopping and decided to stop because we have wanted to come for forever! Huge parking lot. Huge sign. Huge line that moves fast. Cash only. Only hot dogs or double dogs piled with soggy fries. No ketchup. The dogs are good but small. You almost need to do the double dog to fill up a bun. The fries were awful...soggy and greasy... Everyone basically tailgates in the parking lot which seemed fun! Definitely different.