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- 67%Budget Travelers
- 66%Nightlife Lovers
- 65%Family Travelers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 51%Local Culture
Member Reviews (39)
- Portillo'sMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Jan 13, 2014
You absolutely must try a Chicago-style hot dog while in the Windy City, and Portillo's is one of the oldest and the best. What started as a single hot dog stand in 1963 is now a chain of more than 40 restaurants. Pair your hot dog with cheese fries for a full meal.Recommended for:Foodies
- Portillo'sMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Jan 14, 2014
You can't visit Chicago and not get a hot dog from Portillo's! The shakes are delicious too.
Their menu has a bit of everything so if you're in the mood for something more hearty, they're also well known for their award winning ribs, steak sandwiches and pastas.
Perfect spot to bring the family. Make sure to stop into the Rock n Roll 2-story McDonald's across the street too. It's unlike any other Mickey D's you've ever seen.Recommended for:Family Travelers
- Portillo'sMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackersAug 01, 2013
The place is pretty stylish and their menu will please almost everyone since they serve burgers, sandwiches, salads, pasta, soup and hot dogs - their speciality.
I'm not a huge fan of american hot dogs (like brazilian ones better) - cause I still think that there is more to hot dogs than bun, sausage, relish, pickles and onions - but anyways, their hot dog is good, not amazing (still need to find an american hot dog that will win over the brazilian ones). I had their Jumbo Dog and ended up thinking it was too much hot dog for a single bun, but it was good.
The beer glasses here are huge, so enjoy every bit of it.
- Portillo'sMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Nov 24, 2013
**HOLY HOT DOGS! GET THE MAXWELL! **
Had to experience the CHI hot dog hype for myself.
Next to McD's.
Very casual setting.
Think food court.
OK it doesn't get better than the:
CHAR-GRILLED MAXWELL STREET STYLE POLISH ($3.79)
Grilled in the traditional way it was done on historic Maxwell Street and prepared
with mustard and grilled onions. SImple and good. Nothing beats grilled dogs (I mean hot dogs, people; Don't judge me because I'm Vietnamese!). Good buns, too. :D
I could have easily eaten two of these (except had to go to dinner afterward elsewhere).
NOTE TO SELF
Also NEED to try their chocolate cake and beer next time.
In the meantime, I'm doing the cleanse liquid diet. Thanks, Chicago.
- Portillo'sMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 1Dec 27, 2013
Portillo's is greasy fried food, but if you like sit-down fast food with the option for beer and chocolate smear cake... this is your jam. They also have a pretty decent Chicago style hot dog and roast beef sandwich. Don't be fooled though, there are plenty of other places to get a Chicago roast beef sandwich or hot dog. Cheers.
- Portillo'sMember ofFoodiesJan 31, 2013
if you're in chicago, you have to stop by here!
grab a hotdog here, and of course a chocolate cake shake.
also - don't stand around wondering what to do; it's self service. so walk up to the counter and order and then grab a seat yourself :)
- Portillo'sJan 15, 2014
While it's technically fast food, it sure doesn't taste like it. The best dog / cheese fries this side of the Mississippi. If you want to be "healthy" their chopped salad is exceptional...just be sure to follow it up with a gigantic slice of chocolate cake.
- Portillo'sNov 29, 2012
The more authentic Chicago dogs are elsewhere in the city, but this spot is a sight to behold. Always crankin' and always great service in a clean restaurant. Lots of menu options, and plenty of seats. All things you would not expect from a great Chicago dog place.
My favorite dog spots are up on Clark around Lincoln Park. Lots of memories of digging through record bins back when us DJs used those things... and topping off the music trip with a couple dogs.