Portillo’s – History, Tradition and …. Hot Dogs!

Portillo’s has been serving Hot Dogs and associated street foods to the good people of Chicago for over 50 years. Established by Dick Portillo in 1963, it now has around 42 other sites across the states. The first Portillo’s hot dog stand known as “The Dog House” opened in 1963 on North Avenue.  By 1966,…

The Dog Joint

I was attracted to the Dog Joint by both the name and signage, inside “Top Gun” was on the television, some classic scenes played out as I waited for my hot dog first; Maverick: She’s lost that loving feeling. Goose: She’s lost? No, she hasn’t. Maverick: Yes, she has. Goose: She has not lost that…

Wieners Circle – Nice Charburger

I have to be honest I was really confused when I got over to the Wiener’s Circle. I thought that it was one of Chicago’s famous hot dog joints, but as you can see the sign outside proclaims that it is the “Home of the Char-Broiled Cheddarburger” So what to do? I came here to eat a hot…

Christkindlmarket Daley Plaza

I love a good German Christmas market, but you know I do know that they are just a really poor imitation of the real thing, and I wish that people would travel to experience the real thing. Is that harsh? I don’t think so, having eaten some really bad food at some of these clones that…

Flub a Dub Chub’s

“You had me at hello” Awesome name and it would have been rude not to enter to see if this place lived up to a start such as that! The shop is downstairs in the basement and it really is quite a unique spot. The walls are strewn with drawings from kids and big kids alike…