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Jimmies Hotdogs reopens in Aurora.

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snootcity Jun 25, 2011 02:14 PM

Jimmies Hotdogs, which opened in 1926 and closed in 1969, reopened in Aurora, Illinois, on Saturday, June 25th. It is open every day during the warm months of the year (as it used to be) from 11am to 8pm.

The website is crude -- www.jimmies-hotdogs.com. Jimmies (yes, no apostrophe) is a truck vendor and an Aurora classic. The truck is now operated by Jimmy's daughter. It is parked on Illinois Avenue, about one-third mile east of Orchard Road.

I'm 54 and my dad regularly took me to Jimmies until they closed. My dad lived near the original site of the truck near Aurora's Garfield Park, and ate at Jimmies from the time he could get to the truck. I remember always getting two dogs and a box of popcorn everytime I went.

Jimmies site has some mumbo jumbo about their unique tasting sauce. I do not know what is in it, but is seems to be a finely textured chili sauce. I've never had a dog like it anywhere else.

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    fern Jun 26, 2011 01:51 PM

    What a blast from the past!

    I'll be hiking on over there to give it a go.

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      snootcity Jun 26, 2011 03:37 PM

      I think Jimmies might be of the Coney family...
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coney_Is...

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        snootcity Jun 26, 2011 07:09 PM

        It appears to be among the Michigan members of the Coney family...
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan...

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