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Hot Dog Joint, Fast Food Restaurant, and American Restaurant$$$$
River North, Chicago
585 Tips and reviews
  • hot dogs
  • Italian beef
  • chocolate cake
  • Chicago dogs
  • lively
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  • 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.
    Upvoted Jun 6
  • 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 Jul 2
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jul 3
  • 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. 👍🏼👌🏼
  • 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!
  • Drew G.
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Xavier
    XavierOctober 8, 2016
    Best italian beef sandwiches in chicago! A little crowded worth the wait.
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiFebruary 4
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongOctober 10, 2015
    Come to the original portillos! Fast and friendly service. I recommend trying portillo's original hot dog.
  • 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.
  • Tobias R.
    Tobias ReiperAugust 20, 2015
    A Chicago institution where the Portillo's Beef Hot Dog is a must try given its unique toppings!!!
  • John M.
    John MorganMarch 16
    The Chicago dog was delicious 😋. A must visit for families anyone wanting a delicious Chicago dog.
  • Hudson Sutler
    Tough to find outside of Chicago, the highlight here is the Italian Beef Sandwich- part french dip, part New Orleans Muffuletta, all delicious. Read more
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ben K.
    Ben Kessler (@kessler)September 6, 2016
    Feels like Disneyland inside - avoid everything but the hot dog or Italian beef which are both great.
  • 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.
  • MafiaHairdresser J.
    MafiaHairdresser Jon-DavidJune 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Dareine M.
    Dareine Marti-ArrueOctober 31, 2016
    Holy moly!!! The Italian Beef with sweet and hot peppers!!!! I wish they had one of these places in Miami!
    Upvoted Jul 3
  • My N.
    My NguyenMarch 24, 2016
    Hands down the best hotdog I've ever had; and I've been to New York! Had the jumbo dog
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BollingerNovember 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go for the cheese fries. Something for everyone if you like burgers, chicken or hotdogs. Drive thru can be long but worth it!
  • Alex T.
    Alex TuckerMay 6, 2014
    Cake shake is the best! But you also can't go wrong with their custard. Either way, make sure you get dessert before you leave.
  • Amy W.
    Amy WeisenbachSeptember 15, 2012
    Buy a whole chocolate cake for your favorite person's birthday and write their name on it with store-bought icing. Voila! Now you're their favorite person!
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon F.April 21, 2016
    Yes, you need to make a pilgrimage here whether it's your first time in Chicago or your 150th. HUGE portions that are great for sharing or saving for later.
  • 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.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 17, 2013
    come for any of these--Chicago-style hot dog, Italian beef, grilled Polish sausage covered in caramelized onions, Chocolate cake shake
  • Ben V.
    Ben VJune 18, 2012
    Italian beef was delicious. Now, I'm an Italian beef novice, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. However, for my first Italian beef, I was not disappointed.
  • Paul B.
    Paul BakerOctober 21, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 19
    The Eater 38 member produces a faithful version of the traditional Chicago-style dog. Read more
  • lino b.
    lino brescia™2 days ago
    Fast food. Good dogs. Get two. Smaller than I thought. The beer was bigger than I thought. Worked out well :)
  • 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
  • PandaBelle c.
    PandaBelle chicAGoAugust 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisNovember 16, 2015
    Try the Jumbo Chicago Style Hotdog - Always think of my lunch buddies Jeff Hall and Kevin Schindler when I get a Chicago dog. (via @Foodspotting)
  • David P.
    David ParkJuly 14, 2014
    Italian beef and sausage combo sandwich!! Add the hot peppers and get a side of red sauce to dip it in.
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CooperFebruary 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite place for Chicago style hot dogs or hot dogs in general. For dessert get the cake shake, you won't regret it!
  • @jason_
    @jason_April 4, 2014
    Tell them to drag your Chicago Style Hot Dog through the garden and you'll be good to go. I highly recommend it.
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkOctober 26, 2013
    If you've never had a true Chicago-style hot dog, this is the place to go. Delicious and affordable!
  • Jared P.
    Jared ParmenterApril 22, 2013
    My very first Chicago style hot dog with everything. It was delicious. If you are a novice to Chicago dogs you HAVE to start here!
  • jiresell
    jiresellOctober 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The best hot dogs! Krinkle cut fries! Get a tamale. And a combo need and sausage with giardenara!
  • 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.
  • Long
    LongNovember 11, 2013
    Heaven on earth ! The Italian beef dipped is 💣.. And the hotdogs are to die for . Great place must visit
  • Tom F.
    Tom FortierSeptember 19, 2011
    Get the traditional hot dog, with all the toppings! If you haven't had a Chicago-style dog before, you will be a convert after! Read more
  • Pablo M.
    Pablo MSeptember 2, 2013
    Great bacon burger, try the Chicago hot dog, beware of the jalapeno if you are not used to spicy food
  • @MisterHirsch
    @MisterHirschAugust 23, 2011
    You haven't had Portillo's until you have had either a beef sandwich (with or without chedder) or a Chicago Style Dog with everything.
  • Nathan
    NathanSeptember 22, 2013
    Apparently they are known for their hot dogs, but I had a cheeseburger and it was by far the best I'd had from a fast food restaurant.
  • Rick C.
    Rick ColburnDecember 6, 2013
    Get the Italian Beef, wet with hot and sweet peppers. OFF THE CHAINS!!!
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuDecember 20, 2014
    Festive and fun atmosphere, especially during the holidays. Besides the classic must-get Chicago dog, try the Italian beef sandwich.
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BydlonAugust 4, 2015
    The Italian Hot Beef Sandwich was the best! You need to try it.
  • 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.
  • Tim S.
    Tim ScoutelasJune 14, 2012
    Fun Food! If you can't find something here, you're crazy! Huge menu, plenty of seating, and affordable. Enjoy!
  • angel j.
    angel joshinaNovember 19, 2014
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  • Alberto Q.
    Alberto QuirozDecember 3, 2016
    You must try Chicago style hot dog.
    Upvoted Jul 3
  • Colin N.
    Colin NelsonJanuary 12, 2016
    A Chicago staple. You have to get the Chicago hot dog and a chocolate cake shake.
  • Harsh
    Harsh3 days ago
    Love the Italian beef combo, and of course the Chicago dog
  • Jill
    JillAugust 22, 2012
    Delicious beef sandwich; however, very fast foody atmosphere.. Get it to go or sit outside on the patio!
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VegelMay 19, 2016
    My all time Chicago favorite since I was a kid! Love the chocolate cake shake, cheese fries, and hot dog w/ everything.
  • 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.
  • Nazary N.
    Classic spot for Chicago style hot dogs
    Upvoted Jul 3
  • Sara J.
    Sara JonesAugust 3, 2014
    The Chicago dog was delicish, the beef cheese croissant was not extraordinary. Beautiful plants on the patio.
  • Jody M.
    Jody MclamarrahFebruary 17, 2012
    Visiting my daughter she haddd to take me here.. Those salads were amazing... And they are sosweet here. Im so please with my visit here
  • Simon C.
    Simon ChanMay 5, 2014
    Char-Grilled Maxwell Street Style Polish hot dog and strawberry shake are just plain amazing!
  • Joanna
    JoannaJune 30, 2013
    Get the Portillo Dog! It's literally the best hot dog I have ever had!! Thumbs up from Nebraska!
  • Mohamed A.
    Mohamed Al-GowaiflyJune 18, 2013
    Double burger with cheese, and chopped salad is highly recommended.
  • Hillman P.
    Hillman PhilistiaAugust 7, 2014
    the only hot god place we need. fast drive through and good selection of original Chicago cuisine.
  • Sergio M. 🇲🇽🇧🇷🇱🇷 R.
    Rustic place, but cozy and warm. The Italian beef & sausage combo is delicious!
  • Anja H.
    Anja HarrisFebruary 4, 2013
    The cheese fries are served cheese on the side- so they stay crispy. Plus they're CRINKLE CUT! Order them!
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrouchMay 29
    Been here 5+ times
    Italian Beef dipped with sweet and hot peppers. Add an order of cheesy fries and then pour the cheese on the beef.
    Upvoted Jul 3
  • Chris H.
    Chris HAugust 14, 2013
    Good food, not expensive and a big menu selection, and pretty quick. The dogs and fries are very good
  • Janice L.
    Janice LiJuly 18, 2011
    Amazing hotdogs, skip the beef sandwich. Regular and jumbo portillo's hot dogs are a must, no need for ketchup.
  • Abbie K.
    Abbie KeatingJanuary 7, 2015
    Hot dogs of course but the chopped salad is amazing!!! Their house dressing is to die for
  • Laney B.
    Laney BMay 26, 2011
    Favorite spot in Chicago! Chicken Al'Diavolo = spicy, cheesy deliciousness! Add a side of garlic bread and water. Yum for $11
  • inspector c.
    inspector clouseauMay 19, 2015
    Этакий фуд корт пр-д управлением одного владельца. Бургеры. Хот доги (!). Ребра. Паста. Вкусно. Бюджетно. Знаменито. Что интересно - через 20 метров огромный Макдональдс и ниче. А это о многом говорит
  • Diego Dier
    Diego DierSeptember 21, 2015
    Buenos precios, buenas porciones y buen ambiente donde se mezcla todo Chicago, perritos y chocolate cake.
  • Alma V.
    Alma VidalDecember 24, 2014
    Hotdogs estilo chicago un MUST! El pastel de chocolate 😍😍😍😍y las papas a la francesa con queso deliiii!
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