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Portillo's

Portillo's

Hot Dog Joint, Fast Food Restaurant, and American Restaurant$$$$
River North, Chicago
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  • 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. 👍🏼👌🏼
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    Choose from a variety of hearty menu options ranging from flame grilled burgers & hot dogs, to ribs and gourmet salads. Be sure to save room for the infamous Portillo's chocolate cake shake. Read more
  • 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!
  • Eater
    EaterMay 6
    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
  • 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.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HaywardMarch 4, 2015
    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.
  • 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...^^
  • MafiaHairdresser J.
    This staff is always happy and gives great customer service. I just made a mistake in ordering and they fixed it-no charge. Even if they mixed it up I'm sure they would fix with a smile. Great food!
  • 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
  • PandaBelle c.
    PandaBelle chicAGoAugust 16, 2010
    This is a rare non-dog friendly spot in Chicago. Dogs are not allowed in the outdoor sitting area and they have to stay outside of the fence, even if it's 90+ degrees out and there's no shade outside
  • 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!
  • The Weather Channel
    The Weather ChannelJuly 28, 2015
    The hot dog is served any way you like it, but go for traditional Chicago style: topped with mustard, relish, chopped onions, sliced red tomatoes, a pickle spear, and sport peppers.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Cairenn R.
    Cairenn RhysFebruary 1, 2013
    I grew up down the street from the original Portillo's which was a little shack in Villa Park, IL. No one does it like Portillo's! Get a dog and an Italian Beef. You won't regret it.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Chevrolet
    ChevroletSeptember 20, 2010
    The first Portillo's didn't even have running water. Today, no two Portillo's look the same, inspired by different Chicago histories. The Hot Dogs, on the other hand, are consistently Chicago's best.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Sam W.
    Sam WakimMarch 8, 2015
    A must stop for any visitor to Chicago. Do NOT put ketchup on your hot dog, a major faux pas in the Windy City. Wash it down with a Chocolate Cake Shake. You're welcome.
  • 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.
  • Amanda N.
    Amanda NatividadOctober 18, 2011
    Italian Beef and Chocolate Cake Shake are amazing. Cheese fries are at least decent anywhere, even here. Don't know why people think it's so delicious. They're just cheese fries.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneJune 25, 2015
    What could possibly be better than taking a very well-liked slice of cake, adding ice cream and putting it through a blender? As it turns out, nothing. For $3.05, sugary bliss is imminent. Read more
  • Brendan M.
    Brendan MalafronteMarch 29, 2011
    Get the malt! Shut up, and MAKE EVERYONE in your party get the chocolate malt. Best in my entire life! Sorry for the shut up thing, it's just very important. Malt, chocolate.
  • Jeff E.
    Jeff EarlyNovember 24, 2015
    Please...yes I wasted 3 characters on that and the explanation. This is so average it should not even rate here. There are a hundred better mom & pops out there. Support smaller better businesses.
  • 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
  • Joey N.
    Joey NowakJanuary 27, 2015
    Chocolate cake shake will knock your socks off. And the chopped salad is better than their Italian beef and hot dogs, which are both pretty average by Chicago standards.
  • 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!
  • Paul B.
    Paul BakerOctober 21, 2010
    Portillos makes the best Chili Dog in the world. No place else even comes close. They even use special Chili Dog Chili, different from what you get when you order a Bowl of Chili.
  • 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.
  • stephanie k.
    stephanie kellyMarch 4, 2010
    Jumbo Chicago dog or a wet Italian beef sandwich. I'm not sure why there's anything else on the menu. Also, the cheese fries are delish, but I get mine well done.
  • 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.
  • naveen
    naveenSeptember 18, 2011
    what a place! so much going on all over. start simple: get two classic chicago-style hot dogs. lemonade on the side. it's plenty for your first time.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick CaponeFebruary 24, 2010
    At Portillos, you either order the Italian Beef or a hot dog. Anything else is just weird. Some people LOVE the choc cake, whatever, order a beef you freak.
  • Angeles R.
    Angeles RomeroMarch 22, 2013
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SociaLogic
    SociaLogicAugust 3, 2011
    A Chicago legend. Get a big burger and feel guilty about it a few hours later. Also, make sure you hear them rhyming your order number when your food's up.
  • Dan K.
    Dan KnightDecember 7, 2014
    Amazing atmosphere, best Chicago dogs and Italian beef sandwiches I've ever had! Enjoy the view from balcony, and get there before 5.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongOctober 10, 2015
    Come to the original portillos! Fast and friendly service. I recommend trying portillo's original hot dog.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Tobias R.
    Tobias ReiperAugust 20, 2015
    A Chicago institution where the Portillo's Beef Hot Dog is a must try given its unique toppings!!!
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