No red stuff, please.

Do you like hot dogs?  Who doesn’t.  They’re as American as the next thing we stole and/or co-opted from a European country.  When stopping by a local hot dog place while visiting Chicago, don’t make the mistake of asking for ketchup on said sausage product.  You might find yourself rather rudely rebuked.  You’ll get ketchup packets for your french fries, and you can shamefully put it on your hot dog when you get home, but that’s it.  Most hot dogs (and Polish sausage) come plain, aside from the Chicago-style hot dog, which frankly, is too much goddamn food.  Some things just don’t belong on a hot dog, and lettuce/tomato are but two of them.  As far as condiments go, you’ll have your choice of mustard, relish, diced onions, maybe sport peppers….but no ketchup.  If someone sees you putting ketchup on your hot dog via those little packets, don’t be surprised if you get heckled.  We take our sausage products seriously!

For the best hot dogs Chicago has to offer, you can go to the following locales:

  • Superdawg Drive-In; 6363 N. Milwaukee Ave.
  • Jimmy’s Red Hots; 4000 W. Grand Ave.
  • Gene and Jude’s; 2720 River Rd. (River Grove)
  • Susie’s; 4126 W. Montrose Ave. (the best part? They’re open 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week!)



  1. petrd1 · February 23, 2015

    Written like a true Northwestsider. Bonus points for the mention of obscure and eternal “Susie’s”. Yum.

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    • Beth · February 23, 2015

      Susie’s is fab. I couldn’t make a list of the best hot dogs in town and leave them out.


  2. livingonchi · February 23, 2015

    What does Chicago have against ketchup, I wonder? My husband puts ketchup on EVERYTHING. He would surely get rebuked, and then he’d raise his voice in protest and there would be a big scene :p

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    • Beth · February 23, 2015

      I don’t know, to be honest. As long as I’ve been alive, which is almost 33 years now, I’ve known that you never, never, never put ketchup on a hot dog. I don’t even like ketchup much as it is, but still. I don’t think there have been any fist-fights breaking out over said condiment, but I stand by having heard a few people get heckled (nicely, not like, “You effing effhead” or anything) over asking for it.

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