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Jun 22, 2007 07:35 AM

Downtown Hot Dogs?

I will be visiting Chicago during a road trip, and I'd like to try a REAL Chicago dog. I probably won't have enough time to get out to Gene and Jude's in the burbs, and I'd like to know if there is a real, non-touristy hog dog option in or around the loop.

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  1. Just keep your eye open for a yellow Vienna Beef sign.

    1. Gold Coast Dogs has a few locations in the loop and they make a pretty good Chicago Style Char dog. If you google them, you will be able to find their webpage.

      1. If you do only one place downtown, make it a good one: Portillo's!!
        100 W. Ontario

        Another good downtown option is Fast Track
        629 W. Lake St.
        Chicago, IL 60661

        IMO, Gold Coast isn't as good as it used to be.

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