Hot dogs are serious business in Chicago.
Portillo’s is the most famous chain serving Chicago-style hot dogs.
I ate dinner at Portillo’s on a recent trip to Chicago and was won over by the cheap, classic, and delicious food even though the decor was overwhelming at first.
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Chicago takes hot dogs seriously.
A hot dog is no ketchup-and-mustard affair in the Windy City. A Chicago-style dog gets you all the stinky, spicy, pungent, pickled toppings you could think of — but no ketchup.
On a recent trip to Chicago, I knew I had to stop by the city’s most famous hot dog chain, Portillo’s, which has restaurants all over the US but is mostly based in the Midwest.
It was a dark and chilly night, but nothing keeps this writer from her wienerwurst. Here’s how my dog day dinner went down.
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Wrapped in a warm, fluffy scarf, I made my way through the cold to the Portillo’s location in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.
It’s a flagship location, and it was much bigger and more ostentatious than I was expecting from a hot dog stand.
Above the entrance was a large mural depicting idyllic Midwestern life.
Upon entering, I wasn’t sure I was in the right place. I’d been expecting a hot dog shop, not a cavernous food court.
Portillo’s looked like the love child of a Costco food court and a historical wax museum.
The restaurant was a vast, two-story affair with Chicago memorabilia all over the place, from old photographs to vintage cars.
I was creeped out by the uncanny figures of corn-haired children peering at me from a classic car.
And as a first-timer, I had a hard time figuring
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