This über-efficient local chain, begun in Villa Park in 1963, is mostly found in the suburbs. But at the one city Portillo's, in tourist-heavy River North, out-of-towners flock in search of an authentic Chicago dog. The thick, nicely juicy dog comes on poppyseed bun steamed to perfect softness and with a generous helping of thick-cut tomatoes, onions and a hefty pickle slice.
100 W Ontario St
|Cross street:||between Clark and LaSalle Sts|
|Opening hours:||Sun-Thurs 10:30am-11pm; Fri, Sat 10am-midnight|
|Transport:||El stop: Red to Chicago, Grand.|
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Average User Rating
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This location is always packed, but that's what you get for being a beloved icon in a popular neighborhood. Even when you have to wait a bit, staff is always very efficient and the quality and consistency is there. My order is their hot dog with everything (don't forget the peppers) and one of their shakes. Skip the cake shake, though, if you don't like things to sweet. I find once the cake frosting is part of the equation it's a little overkill. My friends swear by the cheese fries, but I keep them plain. I'm here for the dogs, and the fries are just extra for me.
We love the Italian Brrf/Italian Sausage combo & the Polish Sausage buried in onions. Open 1 in Central FL please! Great ice cold draft beer too
Portillo's in River North gets packed in the evenings! The process to order can be a little confusing if you've never been there before, but don't worry, the greasy goodness is worth it. Grab a table and chow down on a burger and shake. A new Portillo's is coming to Chicago soon too!
One of my favorite fast food chains in Chicago. Their Italian beef to the Chicago style hot dogs are great. I would also recommend the cake shake. They are also fast about serving your food even if they are really busy.