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The Wiener's Circle

The Wiener's Circle

Hot Dog Joint and Fast Food Restaurant$$$$
Park West, Chicago
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    Eater
    "The char dog is among the best in the city."(6 Tips)
    Jany W.
    "U gonna love their chocolate milk shake !"(26 Tips)
    Festou
    "Great hot dogs and cheddar fries"(5 Tips)
    Chulses M.
    "The char choices are good and typical of Chicago dogs."(3 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterJuly 19, 2017
    Don't get lost in the ambience and the show at The Wiener's Circle. The char dog is among the best in the city. Read more
  • Hudson Sutler
    Hudson SutlerJuly 20, 2017
    Hot dogs, fries, burgers, you name it, they’ve got it. Famous for berating their customers, you’re sure to end your night with some quality entertainment; especially if you order the Chocolate Shake. Read more
  • Noah M.heart icon on user image
    Noah ManionOctober 14, 2014
    It's lame to watch a bunch of Lincoln Park yuppies drop n bombs at the staff here, but if you go outside of drinking hours, you can get the best cheese fries in the city.
  • Michael D.heart icon on user image
    Michael DonovanOctober 23, 2016
    Service with a smile. Most polite staff you'll ever meet. Great place to take your grandma for wieners.
  • Dustin H.heart icon on user image
    Dustin HaleyJune 16, 2016
    Great hotdogs and always quick service.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 28, 2013
    Cheddar Fries: fresh-cut fries covered in glorious Merkt's cheddar. Even when the cheese gets cold, it's still good.
  • Krystal I.heart icon on user image
    Krystal IrizarryMarch 1, 2014
    The people here are so nice. Just order clearly and quickly, then leave really great cash tip. Nicest staff ever. Service was quick and they called me sweetie. Awe yeah.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkOctober 2, 2014
    Ted Allen praises The Wiener's Circle for serving up the best thing he ever ate: their famous dogs... served with a side of sass. Skip the hassle of hosting a backyard BBQ and head to the Windy City! Read more
  • Jeremy T.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy ThurberApril 14, 2015
    The girls have worked there for YEARS & probably make more $ than you.And they don't do that @#$% anymore UNLESS people want it. Great @ night before OR after a night out,open until 4-5a.m.Family=Day
  • Dr. T.
    Dr. ThaisJune 10, 2013
    You know ghetto places only take cash! Put the plastic back!!! Oh & here's the menu!!! Another Oh, the fries are large enough to share :-)
  • Jesse D.heart icon on user image
    Jesse DitsonSeptember 24, 2018
    Perfect Chicago Dog. Pay attention, don’t customize, and keep that ketchup way the fuck away from the dog or you’ll get cussed out by the staff!
  • Maddieheart icon on user image
    MaddieJuly 7, 2015
    The hot dogs!!! Hamburgers are delicious. Fries serve waay more than 2 people. 2 adults and three hungry kids were happily fed by the French fries.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    Known for Chicago-style hot dogs served with a side of sass, this latenight hot dog joint was recently the subject of a TruTV reality show. Ask for ketchup at your own risk. Read more
  • Jany W.
    Jany WangMay 2, 2013
    Oh babe ! U gonna love their chocolate milk shake ! Can't get the same anywhere else !!! Awesome !!!! Strongly recommended ! (Worthwhile $20!)
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithSeptember 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Come during the day, when the staff is too hungover to yell at you. And get it Chicago-style. Changed my world.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkDecember 4, 2013
    Food is average but great for late-night. It's more about the experience but be prepared when you are about to order. Don't forget to ask for a chocolate shake!!
  • Chulses M.heart icon on user image
    Chulses MacSSeptember 5, 2015
    Do not get cheddar on anything. The char choices are good and typical of Chicago dogs. Be ready to get insulted and the staff insists on tips. Don't make them mad.
  • Thomas P.
    Thomas PatrickJanuary 2, 2013
    NOT for the weak heart. You WILL get your ear chewed off, insulted... All of the above! But it's great food and a great price. Very interesting.....
  • Cheapism
    CheapismApril 12, 2011
    This fast-food spot specializes in Chicago-style hot dogs and the best cheese fries in town. After a night of drinking, the banter is the perfect backdrop while you eat a dog. Read more
  • Simon K.heart icon on user image
    Simon KFebruary 24, 2015
    While the staff give as good as they get, it's unfortunate that a lot of the visitors seem to think it's acceptable to use racial epithets in place of actual well thought out comedic 'sass'.
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherJuly 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent Chicago style hotdogs! An institution!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoAugust 2, 2014
    Get your Chicago red hot with the traditional fixings—mustard, onion, neon-green relish, pickle spear, tomato, celery salt and sport peppers Read more
  • Jeremy T.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy ThurberApril 14, 2015
    Hot dogs, soda, fries, maybe a milkshake"-", I love the burgers though, hands down best!
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinJuly 23, 2014
    Get a wiener, obviously. If you go during the day, don't be afraid, they're actually nice!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneJune 26, 2012
    This Lincoln Park fast-food joint specializing in Chicago-style hot dogs and cheese fries is a classic late-night, post-bar stop Read more
  • Jerry J.heart icon on user image
    Jerry JosephJune 13, 2018
    Just a gimmick to visit once in your lifetime. Also, don’t order the chocolate shake please. Preserve women’s rights.
  • jake f.heart icon on user image
    jake furstJune 19, 2011
    only go late at night while wasted, and be sure to ask for Poochie. the more smack you talk to her, the more memorable your night will be, and the better your Chicago-style dog will taste.
  • Danny C.heart icon on user image
    Danny CaccioppoMay 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    People don't understand this place so let me set you guys straight. It's welcomed to curse at the staff. It's kind of like their trademark.
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 7, 2016
    Great hot dogs!! Take out of towners here and have them get a chocolate shake for $20. The look on their face will be priceless
  • Brettly K.
    Brettly KawaguchiMay 14, 2013
    Great Service, Great Hot Dogs, A drunk dude who wanted to light his nuts on fire, crack heads, trannys and more, all on a monday night at 1 am.....
  • Noah M.heart icon on user image
    Noah ManionOctober 3, 2015
    LOVE the cheddar fries and char dogs. HATE the thinly veiled racism from the Lincoln Park bros. Have heard the n word from way too many white people here
  • Justin R.
    Justin RandAugust 11, 2014
    Get the cheddar fries, they look disgusting, but you're drunk and they taste awesome.
  • Emily T.
    Emily TolanOctober 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The burger that I had was one of the best. It literally melted in my mouth.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out The Wiener's Circle as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • Colin Y.heart icon on user image
    Colin YoungJanuary 15, 2015
    Come here if you enjoy racially-charged exploitation and abuse. The dogs are adequate, but the bad taste in your mouth will be from the customers.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzFebruary 3, 2016
    $20 chocolate "shake" will change your life. Do it.
  • Brian S.
    Brian SJune 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get wasted, tell other drunks you have an online pass to cut in line, order cheese fries, char dog, and a chocolate milkshake ($20, expensive but worth it.)
  • Faith R.
    Faith RyderAugust 6, 2011
    Get the chocolate shake. Its $20 but it's big enough for at least 4 AND it's the best shake you'll ever have!
  • Jen H.
    Jen HoffmanAugust 19, 2011
    Such a fun place that you have to try if you are in Lincoln Park and looking for some late night food!!!
  • Marvin R.
    Marvin RussellJanuary 6, 2010
    Best cheese fries in the world! Always remember to get them "for here". Yes, even if your leaving, otherwise the bag they give you becomes a cheesy uneatable mess!
  • The International Recipe Syndicate
    In the mood for some late night grub? The Wiener's Circle is waiting. We recommend the cheese fries and the Chicago Dog.
  • Charles B.heart icon on user image
    Charles BSeptember 21, 2011
    wait until your are black-out drunk and visit Poochey and crew at the finest establishment in Chicagoland. Enjoy the antics. Get cheese fries.
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoJanuary 29, 2010
    Late nights on weekends, you’ll find the staff at Weiner’s Circle serving up some of their signature, borderline offensive but good-humored ribbing alongside their equally famous Chicago-style dogs. Read more
  • Abbie W.heart icon on user image
    Abbie WNovember 16, 2015
    I had a char dog and plain fries. Char dog was great, fries were not.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Graham Elliot, chef of Graham Elliot Bistro, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Hot dogs. Read more
  • tolu
    toluJune 12, 2016
    tip, so the employees can get off welfare
  • Nina C.
    Nina CebenkoFebruary 28, 2012
    Love this place but always have someone else order for me...particularly a good looking male who knows how to sweet-talk the sisters.
  • David W.heart icon on user image
    David WeathersbyMay 14, 2016
    I go there. Hoping I'll see them cuss somebody out.
  • Boris M.
    Boris MomčilovićNovember 20, 2013
    Best chocolate milkshake ever! Worth every penny
  • Danny C.heart icon on user image
    Danny CaccioppoFebruary 15, 2022
    Been here 5+ times
    They don’t do the abuse every night. Weekends are the times to go.
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