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Hot Dog Joint, American Restaurant, and Sandwich Spot$$$$
River North, Chicago
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    Belinda C.
    "Best italian beef,best double cheese burgers,best cake & skakes!!!!"(132 Tips)
    Adam T.
    "Only had the Chili dog, and Regular Chicago dog, both were amazing."(41 Tips)
    Missy S.
    "The chocolate cake and the chocolate cake shake are super delicious!"(33 Tips)
    Mohamed A.
    "Double burger with cheese, and chopped salad is highly recommended."(16 Tips)
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  • hot dogs
  • Italian beef
  • Chicago dogs
  • chocolate cake
  • milkshakes
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  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherAugust 11, 2015
    Americana! A must stop for tourist, out of towners, even locals in for a bit of nostalgia. Hotdogs, beef sandwiches,pizza,milkshakes etc. everything 'American' or Chicago is here!
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Eater
    EaterMay 6, 2016
    Whether you're looking for hot dogs or Italian beef, very few places offer up that kind of greasy iconic Chicago-style street food better than the classic food hall-esque Portillo's on Ontario Street. Read more
    Upvoted Mar 3
  • Khalid O.heart icon on user image
    Khalid OmarOctober 18, 2013
    Fries. Done. Though there is hardly anything vegetarian the fries and malted shakes cover the essential veggie food groups in the bestest American expanding fashion. Nice clock here too.
    Upvoted Mar 1
  • Winson W.heart icon on user image
    Winson WongSeptember 25, 2016
    I love Portillo's. Come here every time I visit Chicago. Their dipped Italian Beef sandwich with hot peppers is so delicious. Also get their shake. I want more already.
  • Chris H.heart icon on user image
    Chris HaywardMarch 4, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Best known for their Chicago style hot dogs, but they also have great burgers, Italian beef, combo, salads and more. Overall there's nothing bad on the menu. Simply can't go wrong with Portillo's.
  • edisonv 😜heart icon on user image
    edisonv 😜November 19, 2023
    Been here 5+ times
    Best cheap eats in Chicago! Busy but fast service! Grab your hotdog, roast beef sandwich or pasta and beer then head upstairs by a window with a view of Chicago! 🌭🥤🌶️😋
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Drew G.heart icon on user image
    Drew GoodwinJuly 10, 2017
    I got a jumbo hotdog with everything on it and it was delicious! I couldn't leave Chicago without trying Portillo's, I heard so much about their dogs and Italian Beef. So glad I decided to stop in!
  • Nitashaheart icon on user image
    NitashaMay 20, 2015
    My first taste of American Hot Dogs and I am glad it was Portillo's. Ordering is easy, there is a short wait for the food but once it arrive absolutely delicious. Lots of seating place. 👍🏼👌🏼
  • Gsus S.heart icon on user image
    Gsus S.S.January 20, 2018
    OMG 😱 Chicago Style hotdog it’s just amazing!!! Also Chili soup filled all my expectations. Great place for a real Chicago lunch!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 21, 2013
    You can scratch a shocking number of essential Chicago street food classics off your list with a stop by Portillo's--Chicago style hot dog, Italian beef sandwich, chocolate cake shake? It's all here.
  • Michael C.heart icon on user image
    Michael CottrellOctober 31, 2015
    The Portillo beef dog was the best. The fries and onion rings were wonderful! This place is cheap, fast and good. The space has an amazing vibe. Must have in Chicago.
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhMay 6, 2020
    Come here for Italian beef sandwiches or Italian sausages. Better yet, get the combo Italian beef & sausage sandwich! Be sure to add the giardiniera with hot peppers & extra gravy!
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherApril 8, 2018
    Chicago dogs with everything on it, chargrilled please! And just realized they do drive thru! 👍
  • Chris D.heart icon on user image
    Chris DavisDecember 4, 2017
    Obviously a go to if you are visiting Chicago. I was impressed with all the floral they had in the entrance and patio. Always a busy place especially on Saturday’s but worth the wait. Get a shake!
  • The Travelerheart icon on user image
    The TravelerJanuary 9, 2019
    1st timer Chicago hotdog. I thought I wouldn’t like it.But was I wrong the hotdogs are delicious cooked perfectly and the rolls go so well with it.Great stop in Chicago.What a hotdog should taste like
  • Erik R.heart icon on user image
    Erik RowleyNovember 6, 2012
    This place is an essential stop for all hot dog lovers. Portillo's has made a reputation for making the best hot dogs on Earth, full of Chicago nostalgia and fantastic Italian beef. Phenomenal!
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon F.April 21, 2016
    Yes, you need to make a pilgrimage here whether it's your first time in Chicago or your 150th. HUGE portions that are great for sharing or saving for later.
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    aApril 20, 2018
    I am now a true believer of the Chicago-style hot-dog🌭 get the Jumbo Portillo’s, the original is too small for the bread.
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KaminskiFebruary 4, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Must haves: Chicago hot dog with the works, Italian beef with the peppers, chopped salad, cheese fries, chocolate cake or chocolate cake shake
  • Cameron W.heart icon on user image
    Cameron WAugust 30, 2017
    Delicious hot dogs and a quirky interior. This is one of my favorite spots from our trip to Chicago. The chili cheese dog and the Chicago dog were both great.
  • Jacky Y.heart icon on user image
    Jacky YanJune 25, 2013
    Best Italian beef hit dog and cheese fries. A Very modern and very American style place. Plenty of seats available even it' full of people here. A highly recommended place if you are in downtown...^^
  • Stacy B.heart icon on user image
    Stacy Bo BacyFebruary 23, 2020
    Been here 5+ times
    The chopped salad gives me life. Lettuce with diced chicken breast, ditalini pasta, bacon, diced tomatoes, gorgonzola cheese, and green onion, tossed with the House dressing.
  • Nick T.heart icon on user image
    Nick TurbideJanuary 20, 2018
    Chicago Dog is terrific, they really nail the steamed bun and the actual frankfurter is the best I’ve had anywhere. Don’t miss!
  • Dareine M.heart icon on user image
    Dareine Marti-ArrueOctober 31, 2016
    Holy moly!!! The Italian Beef with sweet and hot peppers!!!! I wish they had one of these places in Miami!
  • Ben K.heart icon on user image
    Ben K.September 6, 2016
    Feels like Disneyland inside - avoid everything but the hot dog or Italian beef which are both great.
  • Keith K.
    Keith K.February 21, 2020
    If you come here to eat, make sure you didn't just park in the Walgreens lot across the street. Lincoln Towing will hijack your car faster than you'll believe!
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MeekAugust 9, 2014
    Amazing burgers, hot dogs, chocolate cake shake. You pretty much can't go wrong. It is always crowded, but the lines move quickly. You can call ahead with your order
  • Ofir W.heart icon on user image
    Ofir WeinstockJune 22, 2018
    The Italian beef sandwich is so good I could marry it
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneMarch 5, 2015
    Drink this: Chocolate cake shake. This milkshake's consistency is something else entirely -- thick and creamy yet light and airy. Sugary bliss is imminent. Read more
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneDecember 22, 2014
    This is a bit of a touristy location but nonetheless should be tried at least once. Make sure to try their Italian beef with peppers or Chicago-style hot dogs. Read more
  • Andy T.heart icon on user image
    Andy TaoDecember 31, 2014
    I had the chili cheese hot dog and Italian beef sandwich. They were both great. Get a lemonade to go with them as well.
  • What's Good Hereheart icon on user image
    What's Good HereApril 7, 2015
    Portillo's Chicago Hot Dog (mustard, relish, onions, sliced tomatoes, kosher pickle and sport peppers hugged by a perfectly steamed poppy seed bun)
  • Xavierheart icon on user image
    XavierOctober 8, 2016
    Best italian beef sandwiches in chicago! A little crowded worth the wait.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 26, 2011
    Get the Cheese Fries. Yes, these are frozen and this is fast food, but that doesn't stop us. Crispy and well salted with a piping hot cup of bright yellow cheese sauce. Sometimes, that's all you need. Read more
  • Caroline F.heart icon on user image
    Caroline FerreiraApril 7, 2018
    Tried the tradicional and the polish sausage hot dog. Simple, very affordable and the most important tasty! I recommend and would come back another time. 🌭🍟👍🏼
  • Home Sweet Beer
    Home Sweet BeerOctober 25, 2012
    It's a miracle: Chicago-style hot dog place AND beer! Yeap, go for the Samuel Adams on tap and do not get used to! It's not easy to find a good hot dog place that sells beer! Thanks Portillo's!
  • Connie C.heart icon on user image
    Connie ChiuDecember 20, 2014
    Festive and fun atmosphere, especially during the holidays. Besides the classic must-get Chicago dog, try the Italian beef sandwich.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 19, 2017
    The Eater 38 member produces a faithful version of the traditional Chicago-style dog. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 14, 2013
    The giardiniera on the Italian Beef is a well-balanced crunchy blend of jalapenos, carrots and celery that has just enough heat to enhance the tender, thinly sliced meat.
  • David C.heart icon on user image
    David C.September 25, 2016
    Hot dog didn't blow my mind, but it was good. Worth it just for the experience. The staff is huge and it's fun to watch them hustle to make the food.
  • Leslie D.heart icon on user image
    Leslie DuggerSeptember 29, 2017
    Delicious hot dog with everything on it! Definitely recommend a visit.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin M. McNally, CMPAugust 21, 2018
    Fun place to indulge in hot dogs (please don't put ketchup on your hotdog). Service and restaurant is contagious. Did I eat one or three dawgs? Who cares. Enjoy!
  • Travis T.heart icon on user image
    Travis TindellDecember 20, 2017
    Awesome hot dogs. Get the dipped Italian. It’s delicious. Chocolate cake is pretty good too. Huge place!
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrouchMay 29, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Italian Beef dipped with sweet and hot peppers. Add an order of cheesy fries and then pour the cheese on the beef.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 28, 2013
    Just about everything on the menu qualifies as a great cheap eat. Just remember that no visit is complete without a chocolate cake shake.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.July 14, 2015
    One of those rare places that's got a lot of tourists but is nonetheless really fun. I liked the grilled sausage more than the Chicago dog, personally.
  • lino b.heart icon on user image
    lino brescia™August 19, 2017
    Fast food. Good dogs. Get two. Smaller than I thought. The beer was bigger than I thought. Worked out well :)
  • Jonathan C.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan C.March 15, 2015
    Chicagoland staple. Great dogs, beefs, burgers, chili, salads, desserts. It's all good, and hopefully stays that way now that they've gone corporate.
  • Natalie V.heart icon on user image
    Natalie VMay 19, 2016
    My all time Chicago favorite since I was a kid! Love the chocolate cake shake, cheese fries, and hot dog w/ everything.
  • K W.heart icon on user image
    K WagnerOctober 8, 2017
    Definitely worth a stop. I preferred the taste of the traditional jumbo chili cheese dog over the Chicago style but you can't go wrong either way.
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