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Jim's Original Hot Dog

Hot Dog Joint$$$$
University Village - Little Italy, Chicago
  • The experts at Eater and Explore Chicago recommend this place
    • Eater
    • Explore Chicago
  • Ryan E.
    "The polish sausage and pork chop sandwiches are both amazing."(13 Tips)
    'Juanette A.
    "I absolutely love the pork chop sandwiches & polishes."(5 Tips)
    Anton S.
    "Their Maxwell Street polish sausages"(2 Tips)
    "... sport peppers, are a true taste of Chicago."(2 Tips)
81 Tips and reviews
  • Polish sausage
  • hot dogs
  • pork chop sandwich
  • good for a late night
  • french fries
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  • Eater
    EaterJuly 19
    Does a polish sausage count as a hot dog? If so, then Jim's belongs on this list, as their Maxwell Street polish sausages, with onions and sport peppers, are a true taste of Chicago. Read more
  • Damien W.
    Damien WilliamsAugust 8, 2012
    Best polish ever. A good place to go when you had a bit to drink. Also don't let the line fool you. Service is lightning fast.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 7, 2015
    Jim's Original is a Chicago hot dog mainstay on the Near West Side. We've described Jim's Original's Vienna beef hot dogs and complimentary fries as the perfect hangover cure. Read more
  • ben m.
    ben mApril 24
    The polish is the standout, but you can't go wrong. Service is fast.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 16, 2013
    Best known for its solid Polish sausage heaped with sautéed onions and mustard, don't forget about the bone-in pork chop sandwich.
  • al v.
    al viciedoJuly 16, 2010
    Get the Polish Sausage, skip the hot dog. Free fries with EVERY order! Amazing Polish Sausage, authentic Chicago.
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoJanuary 29, 2010
    Except for a brief period when relocating to Union Avenue, Jim’s Original is the longest continuously operating hot dog stand to have once served the hungry patrons of Maxwell Street Market. Read more
  • Carla A.
    Carla AApril 20, 2014
    Absolutely delish! Every order comes with fries, they accept debit and credit cards, and it's cheap!
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoJanuary 29, 2010
    “A Chicago dog with the works” lets your server know that you want an all-beef hot dog in a poppyseed bun, served with all the toppings that make a Chicago-style dog famous. Read more
  • Erika D.
    Erika DavisMay 22, 2016
    Best polish sausage in Chicago. Their fries have a good flavor too. Very authentic Chicago.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 16, 2013
    The original Maxwell Street stand may have moved a few times, but it's still a classic.
  • 🍀♎️ ChiReddGotInk😘😊
    🍀♎️ ChiReddGotInk😘😊September 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I am EXCITED they accept debit cards because I don't carry cash &&&&& haven't had them in a long time I can say my 14$ was worth it especially after work
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterJune 30, 2015
    Their Maxwell Street polish sausages, with onions and sport peppers, are a true taste of Chicago.
  • Monica O.
    Monica O'KeefeJune 1, 2011
    If you are a tourist done behave like one! Order the polish all the way and get out of the line or b shouted at!
  • ShyInTheCity
    ShyInTheCityDecember 29, 2012
    This is a MUST HAVE in Chicago! Anything on the menu is great! Lived here for 20+yrs #JewTown
  • 'Juanette A.
    I absolutely love the pork chop sandwiches & polishes. My absolute favorites! 😉
  • Lucky Peach
    Lucky PeachOctober 15, 2015
    WHAT TO EAT: Polish sausage, deep-fried pork chop sandwich with griddled onions and pickled peppers. For full review, click Read more. Read more
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EickJuly 23
    The polish sausage and pork chop sandwiches are both amazing.
  • Patrice B.
    Patrice BrazilOctober 13, 2015
    Best French fries - best polish sausage and I don't know why - the other place is a poor second
  • Nikkia J S.
    Nikkia J SmithJune 15, 2015
    Didn't like the hot dog and didn't care for the mild sauce... First time here & I was disappointed but I will be back to try something different! Very optimistic!
  • Larry P.
    Larry PyrzMarch 14, 2013
    Pork chop with grilled onions and mustard is great "pig out" fare.
  • Cj V.
    Cj ValentinoJuly 30, 2011
    Legendary don't expect anything but good quick greasy food and you'll be uber happy THE BEST AFTA SPOT
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel K.July 14, 2011
    there's two pairs of lines - each has one line to order and another to pick up and pay - don't get in the line with the cash register first
  • Thai V.
    Thai VargasApril 29, 2012
    All sandwiches come w/ fries...warning for any dieters out there!! But they're so good!
  • Latasha B.
    Latasha BrownAugust 16, 2015
    Polish dogs are amazing just like when I was a little girl. Brings back memories.
  • Steve K.
    Steve KunkaAugust 7, 2014
    Polish Sausage and cheesesburger for lunch
  • Nick G.
    Nick GalindoFebruary 16, 2013
    Ask for them to deep fry your polish for a bit. Do it.
  • Dereald M.
    Dereald MAugust 22, 2015
    Hot dogs and polish sausages.
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathJune 14, 2011
    Open 24 hours, right next to UIC, every drunk college students dream!
  • Shiquita J.
    Shiquita JenkinsDecember 23, 2016
    Best polish in the city! I do missed this place.
  • t j.
    t jNovember 21, 2010
    Ive been coming for yrs, hung over, need a quick bite or just to late to cook...Jim's got ya covered!
  • Beverly A.
    Beverly ArmsteadJuly 29, 2013
    The chicken beast is really good!
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.
    Steve ‘Pudgy’ De RoseAugust 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Buses serve the Halsted | Rochford stop (one block west) 24 hours a day. Read more
  • Prince O.
    Prince OnyeiseNovember 17, 2014
    I like to order the Polish without the peppers
  • Malvene
    MalveneSeptember 19, 2011
    Great Chi-dogs...what else do you want?
  • David W.
    David WeathersbySeptember 3, 2015
    Classic hot dog spot in Chicago.
  • Tywond H.
    Tywond HamiltonJune 22, 2013
    You have to bite the pepper after every bite of your polish.
  • Karen H.
    Karen HornSeptember 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the cheeseburger, polish or pork chop sandwich
  • Nate J.
    Nate JonesFebruary 27, 2011
    If you come by taxi, don't let it go. No cabs in this part of town.
  • michelle
    michelleSeptember 5, 2011
    key to eating those damn peppers take out the white seeds (:
  • Elder James B.
    Elder James BoboMay 16, 2016
    Best polish sausages in the world
  • Krystal M.
    Krystal MangulabnanAugust 19, 2011
    Show your UIC iCard an get a free can of pop!
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhiteDecember 21, 2014
    Decent hot dogs and the price is right
  • lucy :.
    lucy :)January 5, 2013
    Fish sandwich hits the spot every time
  • Winston
    WinstonDecember 20, 2011
    The fish sandwich is surprisingly good.
  • Gary B.
    Gary BenderOctober 14, 2011
    Flame ass food..the peppers r hotter then that thang lol
  • Son E.
    Son E.May 9, 2012
    Delicious Chicago Style Hotdogs.
  • Jenn K.
    Jenn KimJanuary 1, 2014
    Way better fries than Maxwell's!!!
  • Arthur L.
    Arthur LeedsJune 10, 2016
    Great Polish and fries
  • Eddie W.
    Eddie WilliamsDecember 13, 2014
    Best ever hot dogs
  • Contessa G.
    Contessa GibsonJanuary 8, 2012
    A sincere favorite of mine.
  • Rick E F.
    Rick E FoxJuly 5, 2016
    Cheap, fast n tasty.
  • Justice W.
    Justice Wordlaw IVJanuary 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The cheeseburger is that good
  • Smokkee S.
    Smokkee SingletonMay 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Whoever the Mayor is here, he or she better watch out!!! This is my spot!
  • Tatiana T.
    Tatiana TavaresNovember 5, 2013
    Try the pepper :-)
  • J.R. O.
    J.R. OliveroMay 2, 2013
    Just spent $50 at lunch for crap. This was $3.50 and 100x better!
  • Maynor G.
    Maynor GJuly 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Good after ur done partying to ease up!
  • Xian B.
    Xian BarrettSeptember 21, 2014
    Beef polish!!
  • O S.
    O SmithFebruary 25, 2013
    Classic Chi!
  • Desirée R.
    They were so good mmmm
  • Tiffany E.
    Tiffany EnglishAugust 23, 2011
    It's the best after a drunken night!
  • Marisa V.
    Marisa VMarch 17, 2013
    If you dont speak mother fucking spanish your fucking order is guaranteed to be WRONG!!!
  • ☃
    August 11, 2014
  • Patrick D.
    Patrick DuffyJuly 16, 2010
    Polish, everything! Do it!
  • Jessica K.
    Jessica KellyApril 30, 2011
    Beyond rude workers! Spoke so we couldn't hear them, didn't tell us how much we owed or hand us our food then gave us the wrong order! Overpriced crap!
  • Phillip M.
    Phillip MarriottJuly 13, 2015
    Polish..for sure.
  • Dan C.
    Dan CampbellDecember 21, 2010
    best late night food in chicago...period
  • All over T.
    All over The worldFebruary 24, 2011
    $1.50 polish for black history month line is long as hell
  • Christine
    ChristineSeptember 22, 2011
    Jim's gets my vote for better fries over Express Grill
  • Wardell L.
    Wardell LathamOctober 30, 2010
    Beware of the HOT peppers.
  •  Deon P.
     Deon ParconMarch 4, 2012
    My damn favorite!
  • Jason M.
    Jason MagicksJune 26, 2011
    Don't be a jackass and hold up the line!
  • Johnny G.
    Johnny GFebruary 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I been coming here since I was a lil booger...
  • Kristen P.
    Kristen PerezJune 29, 2013
    Goin fish!q
  • Diana N.
    Diana NguyenAugust 8, 2010
    Bring cash!
  • Teresa O.
    Teresa OrtegaNovember 13, 2010
    True Chicago drunk food!
  • Steve P.
    Steve PMarch 6, 2011
    Bad customer service! Really rude servers! Don't ask for Chicago style BECAUSE THEY'LL YELL AT YOU!
  • Ramon D.
    Ramon De LeonAugust 24, 2009
    ever wonder where late night pizza guys sometimes eat? Got to love those ONIONS!
  • Oboy t.
    Oboy tonyJanuary 22, 2011
  • alfian f.
    alfian fannyDecember 2, 2010
  • Fernando R.
    Fernando RodriguezDecember 26, 2013
    Muy buenas las hamburguesas
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