Departing from or arriving at Midway Airport, this place is a must stop en route to your final daily destination. This southside Chicago eatery is just footsteps from your terminal and is a can't miss stop.
Art's Drive In
Partners in crime, Steve and his son John run this stellar spot just off the expressway on the near north side of town. Breakfast served daily and a delicious lunch menu available all day. Just look for the massive billboard on North Avenue.
Brothers Todd and Scott have the recipe for success. Three times over that is! And rumor has it a fourth location is in the works. Top to bottom this menu packs a lot of punch.
A more recent addition tot he Red Hot Chicago family, Big Jack's is fierce! Jack, Jack junior, and son-in-law Mike make this place work. Some of the friendliest staff and one of the more welcoming restaurants in Chicagoland, this Round Lake landmark is definitely worth a stop. Try the homemade Italian Beef… after you've inhaled a pure beef Red Hot that is! Added bonus, they do customized sign work in the adjacent building.
Big Sammy is the master! Simply put, this guy gets the job done. He is the most enthusiastic restaurant owner in the industry. Come to his Elgin location during lunch and the line will be to the door. Service with a smile. And you can take that to the bank!
Restaurant owner, distributor, billboard on wheels - Sam Fallico only does it one way… BIGGER and better than the competition!
This La Grange Park gem is truly a beat. Another father-son operation, Bill and Dimitre win big. Impeccable service, deliciously fresh food, and a win-win for everybody!
Located in beautiful downtown Wauconda, customers at Bulldogs Grill can't stop jumping for joy. From pure beef red hots to the jumbo Polish to the amazing burgers and bbq served up here, it is impossible not to fall in love with this place. Bonus: incredible milkshake selection!
Crane Naval Base
The team at Red Hot Chicago is honored to be associated with Crane Naval Base. You guys do truly admirable work. And of course, nobody can go to work on an empty stomach, right?!
It's ironic how "un-devil-like" this place really is. Hands down the friendliest staff and warmest interior of any spot you'll find in town. And the food… OH MY!!
The only place in town where you can be in Chicago and New York at the same time. Doug's may be small, but it sure burns through buns! An Orland Park staple in 159th Street. Come one and come hungry!
Never have we witnessed a place go from zero to sixty so quickly, or in this case from zero to two thousand!!! The Duffy family sure struck gold here. They can't seem to stock enough hot dogs. They are literally flying out of this little Jefferson Park free-standing fave. And every meal comes with free onions rings and free cheese. Simply can't be topped!
This Chicago blockbuster has a national following. Jim Andrews, you are a great man. Felony Franks is the place of second chances. May the Rescue Foundation live on!
Frank n' Lou's
Service and Quality second to none. Frank, owner of Frank n' Lou's, just seems to have the touch. Sandwiched (no bun intended) inside a Country Club Hills strip mall, Lou's makes the best Philly Cheese Steak west of Philadelphia. And the dogs aren't half bad either!
This guy deserved a gold star. Open up a dictionary, look up the word "restauranteur," and Franky's ear-to-ear smile will light up the page. Forever loved by the Red Hot family.
What a fitting name for this Hammond, IN juggernaut. There is plenty of goodness at Good-N-Plenty. Tom has given over 30 years of himself to the restaurant industry and with just one visit to his shop you will experience first-hand what makes him an industry stalwart and why G-N-P continues to thrive year after year.
For those of you savvy internet folks out there taking a gander at this Weiner Wall, most of your parents weren't even a thought in your grandparents minds when Henry's opened it's doors way back when. Brother and Sister duo Anthony and Sue purchased this place several years back, and believe us when we say this, they bring class, service, and quality like none other. Here's to you Henry's!
Where else can you buy plywood, lug nuts, and Red Hot Chicago hot dogs in one fell swoop? Two words. Home Depot! This Round Lake cornerstone offers it all. Look for Red Hots at over a dozen other Home Depot stores in the Chicagoland area.
Justice is served! If you travel west of Harlem Avenue, you best stop at Jimmy's in Justice, Illinois. This place takes the term "family run and operated" and serves it up well done. Simply walk in and Jimmy will take care of the rest!
Jody's Hot Dogs
You really run out of superlatives when attempting to describe the splendidness that is Jody's Hot Dogs located in Joliet, IL. Mike greets each and every customer as they walk through that front door. He does this because he genuinely cares about every single person that dines at Jody's. The food is as fresh as it is made right before your very eyes. It's not work. It's who and what they are.
Johnny's WeeNee Wagon
For over a half-century this Markham icon continues to thrive in Chicagoland's south side. Frank and John take great pride in their menu. Tell 'em the Kingpin sent ya!
Nothing bleeds Chicago history more than Burbank's own Kojak Drive-In. The building looks like it has survived centuries and it just might have! Now it won't win any awards for style points, but for Chicago hot dog joints, Kojak's sits front and center.
Komb's Beef & Dogs
Boys and Girls, you're on your own here.
There is nothing you shouldn't order at this broadway beast.
It's all so darn tasty. Dogs, Maxwell Street Polish,
Homemade Italian Beef and Sausage Combo and fresh-cut fries.
Talk about culinary longevity, this Carpentersville king sits atop the food chain decade after decade. Jamie and Harry hit the nail on the head at this joint. Flawless quality and unmatched service has Luke's soaring sky high. Check Mate!
Luke's Custard & Deli
The Red Hot magic and mystique continues to grow all over the country. Janesville, Wisconsin's Luke's Custard & Deli is a proud Weiner Wall member and is home to the state's best custard and serves up countless Red Hot Chicago dogs everyday.
Talk about earning your props! Frank is the curator of this prodigious Morgan Park eatery. Chances are when your alarm clock goes off in the morning, Frank is already slicing and prepping his sacred age-old Italian Beef family recipe. Eat your heart out!
Were this Weiner Wall a beauty pageant, Tinley Park's Mickey's would receive a perfect score. Gorgeous, approachable, and built to last, the boys captaining this scrumptious ship have forever supplanted themselves as a southside fave.
Squeezed into a tiny storefront space on arguably Chicago's busiest street Cicero Avenue, Oak Lawn's Mr. Gyros dares you to drive by without stopping in for a bite. Exquisite preparation and sure-fire eats, this spot lights the lamp!
One look at the outdoor sign and you know you're in Chicago! Nick Spanos is the architect of edible efficiency. Also one of RHC's most loyal supporters through the years, less is more and you'll certainly get more for less here.
The Real McCoy. Need we say anymore? Decade after decade after decade, these peeps don't miss a beat. Imposters and impersonators need not apply. Go take a true crash ours in the life of a 'restauranteur' at any one of the three Nicky's locations.
Nicky's Carry Outs
Red Hot Chicago's oldest son! Tom, owner of Nicky's in McKinley Park, has backed these weenies from Day 1. This establishment breeds class, cleanliness, and exemplifies everything fast food should be.
Olympic Hot Dogs
Olympic Hot Dogs in downtown Portland has stolen the recent spotlight in the culinary sphere. This winning formula is brought to us by the creative, determined and charismatic ways of Mark Simonds.
For two and a half decades this Berwyn, IL hotbed continues serving up award-winning pizza and some of the best red hots in the Chicagoland area. On a very busy stretch of 26th Street, drivers, bikers, and walkers flock to this place. If ever in town, a must stop.
Into their third decade of satisfying the famished folks of Justice, IL, RJ Munchies will settle for nothing less than straight A's. Pop in and experience it for yourself.
Cock-doodle-doo! Roost founder Chester has more than 59 reasons to celebrate this Lake Villa masterpiece. Before even walking through the door, visitors are greeted favorably. Uniquely designed and perfectly cooked cuisine, Roost 59 clucks on!
If there were a prototype for the ideal Chicago-style hot dog joint, Rosie's Drive-In is it. John sure picked the right location and expertly constructed this small locomotive of a place that keeps chugging' on.
Sam's Red Hots
SIX decades this place has been churnin' out ridiculous amounts of franks and sausages. There is no place to sit and you will not find burgers or gyros or chicken on the menu. Just hot dogs, sausages, and an ungodly amount of french fries. We have sworn to secrecy not to divulge any info about the actual volume Sam's pushes out of this tiny old shack!
Samboney's Hot Dogs
The guys behind Samboney's in Eau Claire, WI really made it a goal to go big or don't go at all. This place was a long time in the making but finally launched in the Spring of 2011. Samboney's and Red Hot Chicago are redefining what partnership is all about!
Scoops Dairy & Dogs
This Woodstock wonder churns out THOUSANDS of doggies a week. The Cooper family has been fine-tuning this concept for literally years and finally Scoops Dairy & Dogs has arrived. Boy was it ever worth the wait!
"Steady" would probably be the word to best characterize Steve's Gyros. There is just a certain flow that is in place here. Phenomenal food at a friendly price. You won't go home hungry and you'll always go home happy!
John Pignotti is the guru behind this ridiculously successful stop, Taco City. Kenosha, eat your heart out! Day after day, month after month, this place continues to gain steam. You mustn't skip the Taco Deluxe Dog. "Two Great Tastes… One Great Place!"
West Side Gyros
Spanning three decades, the people behind West Side Gyros are old hands at this now. This Western Avenue locale connects all the dots. When you've hit the proverbial 'hot dog wall,' patrons will push and paw and 'ooo' and 'ahh' for the homemade rib tips.
\Welcome to Wienerville. Population too many to count! The weenies run wild at this Larkin Avenue emporium. With each passing year, the mystique of this place grows. In july they hold their annual Red Hot Chicago Hot Dog Eating Content. Beef up and compete if you're up for the challenge.
Terry Johnson is a culinary genius! This guy has taken the fun of cooking and eating hot dogs to a whole new stratosphere. Wynder's Spiral Cut Hot Dogs garners worldwide attention. We have to plug this guy. Go to his site and see what all the buzz is about: http://www.wyndersspiralcuthotdogs.com/
There are no borders or boundaries when it comes to Zach's Shack. This place will backhand you clear across the face it's so gosh darned good! Parked in a nice little storefront spot in Portland, Oregon, Zach has satiated Portlandia for several years now and is showing no signs of stopping any time soon.
Located on Chicago's "strip," this Roosevelt Road nook is more than just a restaurant - it's an experience. Let Angelo invite you in. Zelly's is Oscar-worthy in this dog eat dog world.