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Hot Dog Joint and American Restaurant$$$$
River North, Chicago
600 Tips and reviews
  • hot dogs
  • Italian beef
  • chocolate cake
  • Chicago dogs
  • milkshakes
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  • Eater
    EaterMay 6, 2016
    Whether you're looking for hot dogs or Italian beef, very few places offer up that kind of greasy iconic Chicago-style street food better than the classic food hall-esque Portillo's on Ontario Street. Read more
    Upvoted 2 days ago
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherAugust 11, 2015
    Americana! A must stop for tourist, out of towners, even locals in for a bit of nostalgia. Hotdogs, beef sandwiches,pizza,milkshakes etc. everything 'American' or Chicago is here!
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Khalid O.
    Khalid OmarOctober 18, 2013
    Fries. Done. Though there is hardly anything vegetarian the fries and malted shakes cover the essential veggie food groups in the bestest American expanding fashion. Nice clock here too.
  • Winson W.
    Winson WongSeptember 25, 2016
    I love Portillo's. Come here every time I visit Chicago. Their dipped Italian Beef sandwich with hot peppers is so delicious. Also get their shake. I want more already.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HaywardMarch 4, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Best known for their Chicago style hot dogs, but they also have great burgers, Italian beef, combo, salads and more. Overall there's nothing bad on the menu. Simply can't go wrong with Portillo's.
  • Nitasha
    NitashaMay 20, 2015
    My first taste of American Hot Dogs and I am glad it was Portillo's. Ordering is easy, there is a short wait for the food but once it arrive absolutely delicious. Lots of seating place. 👍🏼👌🏼
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyNovember 6, 2012
    This place is an essential stop for all hot dog lovers. Portillo's has made a reputation for making the best hot dogs on Earth, full of Chicago nostalgia and fantastic Italian beef. Phenomenal!
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • Drew G.
    Drew GoodwinJuly 10, 2017
    I got a jumbo hotdog with everything on it and it was delicious! I couldn't leave Chicago without trying Portillo's, I heard so much about their dogs and Italian Beef. So glad I decided to stop in!
  • Gsus S.
    Gsus S.S.January 20
    OMG 😱 Chicago Style hotdog it’s just amazing!!! Also Chili soup filled all my expectations. Great place for a real Chicago lunch!
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Michael C.
    Michael CottrellOctober 31, 2015
    The Portillo beef dog was the best. The fries and onion rings were wonderful! This place is cheap, fast and good. The space has an amazing vibe. Must have in Chicago.
  • Chris D.
    Chris DavisDecember 4, 2017
    Obviously a go to if you are visiting Chicago. I was impressed with all the floral they had in the entrance and patio. Always a busy place especially on Saturday’s but worth the wait. Get a shake!
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiFebruary 4, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Must haves: Chicago hot dog with the works, Italian beef with the peppers, chopped salad, cheese fries, chocolate cake or chocolate cake shake
  • Home Sweet Beer
    Home Sweet BeerOctober 25, 2012
    It's a miracle: Chicago-style hot dog place AND beer! Yeap, go for the Samuel Adams on tap and do not get used to! It's not easy to find a good hot dog place that sells beer! Thanks Portillo's!
  • Akira
    AkiraApril 20
    I am now a true believer of the Chicago-style hot-dog🌭 get the Jumbo Portillo’s, the original is too small for the bread.
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Jacky Y.
    Jacky YanJune 25, 2013
    Best Italian beef hit dog and cheese fries. A Very modern and very American style place. Plenty of seats available even it' full of people here. A highly recommended place if you are in downtown...^^
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereApril 7, 2015
    Portillo's Chicago Hot Dog (mustard, relish, onions, sliced tomatoes, kosher pickle and sport peppers hugged by a perfectly steamed poppy seed bun)
  • Lucille F.
    Chicago dogs with everything on it, chargrilled please! And just realized they do drive thru! 👍
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneDecember 22, 2014
    This is a bit of a touristy location but nonetheless should be tried at least once. Make sure to try their Italian beef with peppers or Chicago-style hot dogs. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 14, 2013
    The giardiniera on the Italian Beef is a well-balanced crunchy blend of jalapenos, carrots and celery that has just enough heat to enhance the tender, thinly sliced meat.
  • Nick T.
    Nick TurbideJanuary 20
    Chicago Dog is terrific, they really nail the steamed bun and the actual frankfurter is the best I’ve had anywhere. Don’t miss!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneMarch 5, 2015
    Drink this: Chocolate cake shake. This milkshake's consistency is something else entirely -- thick and creamy yet light and airy. Sugary bliss is imminent. Read more
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WAugust 30, 2017
    Delicious hot dogs and a quirky interior. This is one of my favorite spots from our trip to Chicago. The chili cheese dog and the Chicago dog were both great.
  • Andy T.
    Andy TaoDecember 31, 2014
    I had the chili cheese hot dog and Italian beef sandwich. They were both great. Get a lemonade to go with them as well.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 28, 2013
    Just about everything on the menu qualifies as a great cheap eat. Just remember that no visit is complete without a chocolate cake shake.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 26, 2011
    Get the Cheese Fries. Yes, these are frozen and this is fast food, but that doesn't stop us. Crispy and well salted with a piping hot cup of bright yellow cheese sauce. Sometimes, that's all you need. Read more
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MeekAugust 9, 2014
    Amazing burgers, hot dogs, chocolate cake shake. You pretty much can't go wrong. It is always crowded, but the lines move quickly. You can call ahead with your order
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneJune 26, 2012
    This River North location features Portillo's signature hot dogs, Italian beef, Polish sausage. An outdoor cafe used in nice weather is jammed with local professionals for weekday lunches. Read more
  • Xavier
    XavierOctober 8, 2016
    Best italian beef sandwiches in chicago! A little crowded worth the wait.
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LeeJuly 22, 2012
    You do not deserve to eat portillo's hot dogs if you put ketchup on it. Be sure to try their chili dog with a side of cheese fries! And any draft beer to quench your thirst.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 21, 2013
    You can scratch a shocking number of essential Chicago street food classics off your list with a stop by Portillo's--Chicago style hot dog, Italian beef sandwich, chocolate cake shake? It's all here.
  • Ofir W.
    The Italian beef sandwich is so good I could marry it
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Angela W.
    Angela WirigAugust 23, 2011
    The chili dog is reallllyy rich but it was pretty good! Great food for cheap. You don't find that everyday where I live (seattle..). I'm also going to give the chocolate cake a try now :)
  • Toria L.
    Toria LAugust 25, 2014
    Had the Polish hot dog and it was good (mmm caramelized onions) but I feel like I was underwhelmed. Great atmosphere & the cheese fries were better than they looked!
  • David C.
    David C.September 25, 2016
    Hot dog didn't blow my mind, but it was good. Worth it just for the experience. The staff is huge and it's fun to watch them hustle to make the food.
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LJune 2, 2011
    Best dogs in Chicago, don't mess around, get it with everything on it (Even peppers sissies)! Not feeling a dog? The Italian Beef will melt your face, and don't forget a side of cheese fries!
  • Caroline F.
    Tried the tradicional and the polish sausage hot dog. Simple, very affordable and the most important tasty! I recommend and would come back another time. 🌭🍟👍🏼
  • Nancy P.
    Nancy P.August 18, 2014
    The chili and cheese dog with onions was amazing! You can't go wrong with anything on their menu!
  • Chris R.
    Chris RichardsonOctober 20, 2017
    The pickup station for the dogs and beef sandwiches is NOT the same pickup station for the pasta dishes. I guess the ordering confusion is part of the experience!
  • Lisa N.
    Lisa NJune 23, 2013
    The italian beef and hot dog combo sandwich is highly recommended. Regular hot dogs are great but you could easily manage two as they are on the small side.
  • Joe P.
    Joe PayawalAugust 8, 2011
    Outside of your traditional Chicago style hot dog and Italian beef, try the Penne Al'aribiatta from the Barnelli's side. You can get it with chicken or sausage and has a real spicy kick.
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan C.March 15, 2015
    Chicagoland staple. Great dogs, beefs, burgers, chili, salads, desserts. It's all good, and hopefully stays that way now that they've gone corporate.
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonNovember 16, 2015
    Try the Chicago Style Hot Dog - Always one of the "Top 10" places for authentic Chicago style hot dogs, @portilloshotdogs (via @Foodspotting)
  • Travis T.
    Travis TindellDecember 20, 2017
    Awesome hot dogs. Get the dipped Italian. It’s delicious. Chocolate cake is pretty good too. Huge place!
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.July 14, 2015
    One of those rare places that's got a lot of tourists but is nonetheless really fun. I liked the grilled sausage more than the Chicago dog, personally.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongOctober 10, 2015
    Come to the original portillos! Fast and friendly service. I recommend trying portillo's original hot dog.
  • Leslie D.
    Leslie DuggerSeptember 29, 2017
    Delicious hot dog with everything on it! Definitely recommend a visit.
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • K W.
    K WagnerOctober 8, 2017
    Definitely worth a stop. I preferred the taste of the traditional jumbo chili cheese dog over the Chicago style but you can't go wrong either way.
  • Pauline R.
    Pauline RemyMarch 14, 2013
    Place full of chicagoans! So typically American and cliché! But good fast food that changes from burger! Definitely a go if you don't want to go to a restaurant!
  • Angeles R.
    Angeles RomeroMarch 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Dear italian beef sandwich, your au jus brings a tear to my eye. So delicious, keep up the good work. P.S - the Portillo's staff is friendly too.
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