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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
    EaterJuly 19
    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
    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
  • 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.
    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
  • 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 :-)
  • Jeremy T.
    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
  • Noah M.
    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.
  • Maddie
    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.
  • 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.....
  • 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.
  • 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
  • jake f.
    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.
  • 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!!
  • Simon K.
    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'.
  • 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
  • Chulses M.
    Chulses MacSmithsSeptember 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.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DonovanOctober 23, 2016
    Service with a smile. Most polite staff you'll ever meet. Great place to take your grandma for wieners.
  • 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
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinJuly 23, 2014
    Get a wiener, obviously. If you go during the day, don't be afraid, they're actually nice!
  • Jeremy T.
    Jeremy ThurberApril 14, 2015
    Hot dogs, soda, fries, maybe a milkshake"-", I love the burgers though, hands down best!
  • Noah M.
    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
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherJuly 13, 2016
    Excellent Chicago style hotdogs! An institution!
  • 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!
  • Chris S.
    Chris StrunkApril 13
    Go after 8pm and order a chocolate milkshake.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.....
  • Charles B.
    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.
  • Colin Y.
    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.
  • Justin R.
    Justin RandAugust 11, 2014
    Get the cheddar fries, they look disgusting, but you're drunk and they taste awesome.
  • Danny C.
    Danny CaccioppoMay 6, 2012
    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.
  • Dustin H.
    Dustin HaleyJune 16, 2016
    Great hotdogs and always quick service.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Allison K.
    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
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out The Wiener's Circle as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzFebruary 3, 2016
    $20 chocolate "shake" will change your life. Do it.
  • Abbie W.
    Abbie WNovember 16, 2015
    I had a char dog and plain fries. Char dog was great, fries were not.
  • Ted X.
    Ted XenohristosSeptember 1, 2012
    Get here before 5. Line starts early. Byob and sodas
  • 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
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MoranMay 26, 2011
    Blatant cursing and good hot dogs. Don't forget to order the fries too.
  • 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.
  • Janelle T.
    Janelle TSeptember 2, 2012
    Know what you want or you will get told off- even in the daytime lol.
  • Sabrina P.
    Sabrina PalmerApril 14, 2012
    Great location for dinner and a show... I had a lot of fun! Great food.
  • Boris M.
    Boris MomcilovicNovember 20, 2013
    Best chocolate milkshake ever! Worth every penny
  • Eric R.
    Eric ReillyAugust 2, 2012
    Kind of expensive for just one hot dog and cheese fries, and the cheese was thicker than I'm used to.
  • Ronak M.
    Ronak MallikApril 20, 2010
    After a heavy night, go to the wiener's circle and get the chocolate shake. it's $20, but worth every penny!
  • Brad
    BradAugust 10, 2014
    Chardog with everything. Don't mess with a classic.
  • Matthew G.
    Matthew GarchikMarch 31, 2016
    Only 2 good things on menu- chocolate milk shakes and cheese fries
  • Robert H.
    Robert HOctober 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The doorman @ B.L.U.E.S.2519 N. Halted is always hungry! Bring him a HALF order of fries and the Boss says he can let 2 people in... NO COVER CHARGE! This is not a joke!!!!! Monday...Thursday !
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittAugust 28, 2014
    Order a burger, sit back, and watch the crazy unfold.
  • Nathaniel K.
    Nathaniel KingDecember 8, 2012
    The cheddar fries. Period.
  • MR R.
    MR RiceMarch 18, 2012
    Get the cheese fries! And a char dog.
  • DidiTH Ad! W.
    DidiTH Ad! W!jaYaAugust 10, 2010
    Best Hot Dog that I ever eaten.. With french fries n coke or milkshake.. Hhppfff... Yuuummm... : :))
  • Brian T.
    Brian ThielOctober 10, 2010
    One of the best places to get a hot dog in Chicago! Watch out for the sass!
  • Tristan O.
    Tristan O'TierneySeptember 27, 2013
    You can't come here without ordering the chocolate shake.
  • Jennie
    JennieAugust 28, 2013
    Ask for a chocolate milkshake ($20). Hahaha
  • Eric S.
    Eric SteeleApril 2, 2014
    Wait for ig-nant people to come in! A blast!
  • Claire P.
    Claire PerkinsJune 7, 2012
    Ask for the pepperoni pizza.
  • Festou
    FestouAugust 31, 2014
    Great hot dogs and cheddar fries
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanAugust 10, 2015
    Employees were a bit intimidating but the fries were good
  • StreetWise_CHI
    StreetWise_CHIJuly 30, 2012
    Couple the chocolate milkshake with some StreetWise ;)
  • Chazarae A.
    Chazarae AprylOctober 9, 2011
    :::thumbs up::: mmmm REAL cheddar cheese fries!!!! :-)
  • Jan Q.
    Jan QinMay 5, 2013
    Definitely get the chocolate shake!
  • Alexa
    AlexaAugust 26, 2011
    Make sure to get the chocolate milkshake
  • Mig P.
    Mig PascualDecember 14, 2009
    Best hotdogs in #Chicago. Yell at the staff to place your order. Its acceptable & encouraged.
  • Charlotte L.
    Charlotte LawDecember 9, 2012
    Best experience ever! Get ready for some r-rated jokes!
  • Jenny K.
    Jenny KornFebruary 6, 2010
    I like their burgers over their dawgs. Be prepared for a tasty mess on your hands!
  • Rob S.
    Rob SabettoJuly 7, 2012
    Leave a tip, or incur the wrath. Chocolate shake or not.
  • George H.
    George HayesJuly 31, 2015
    The burgers are great!
  • Missy
    MissyOctober 14, 2011
    WHOA, the late night banter is SHOCKINGLY CRUDE O____O; but WHOA, these chardogs are DELICIOUS!! ! ! ! !!! !!
  • Joe😎 P.
    Joe😎 PetersonDecember 5, 2013
    They don't yell and cuss until the late night crowd comes in... :D
  • David C.
    David CurielNovember 27, 2014
    Get some sass with your chat dog, fun place
  • Blake R.
    Blake RezJune 5, 2013
    Try the Nigerian Roast Beef!
  • jeff s.
    jeff semonesJanuary 19, 2012
    Best chocolate shake ever! Ever.
  • Ted X.
    Ted XenohristosSeptember 1, 2012
    Fast food, great dog
  • Ben G.
    Ben GaspariniSeptember 21, 2016
    Dumpy in a charming way. Feels very authentic.
  • Ross W. B.
    Ross W. Berman IVOctober 29, 2011
    Go sometime around midnight and just watch
  • Jon Y.
    Jon YagerMarch 20, 2016
    Great burgers and dogs
  • Meg M.
    Meg MinuskinNovember 14, 2009
    get the chocolate milkshake... $20... you will never other it
  • Marc
    MarcMarch 15, 2015
    They have mediocre food, and the women are rude...but if you didn't know that before you walked in then what the hell are you going here for in the first place?
  • Zach S.
    Zach Solomon-BeloinOctober 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    An interesting experience to say the least!
  • tolu
    toluJune 12, 2016
    tip, so the employees can get off welfare
  • David W.
    David WeathersbyMay 14, 2016
    I go there. Hoping I'll see them cuss somebody out.
  • Akos A.
    Akos AmaningApril 15, 2012
    They Now have a TV Show on trutv!
  • Diah K.
    Diah KumalasariMarch 23, 2011
    Chocolate shake and hot dog, so yummy
  • Garry T.
    Garry TanFebruary 3, 2016
    People do talk about chocolate milkshakes here
  • Joe M.
    Joe MescherDecember 29, 2009
    Go to Wiener Circle and grab a Char-Dog. Make sure to swear like a Champ if it's after midnight ;-)
  • A B.
    A BJuly 27, 2010
    Order a Chocolate Shake (fyi it's not on the menu)
  • Teddy C.
    Teddy C.April 27, 2012
    Try the chocolate shake
  • Greg W.
    Greg WallaceMay 20, 2016
    If you like indifferent service, attitude and Toni Braxton being blared from a boombox while the clerk bitches about her phone bill... go!
  • Carlo A.
    Carlo ArceoAugust 14, 2012
    Make sure to tip that bitch! ;)
  • JV
    JVJuly 27, 2013
    Order quick or get cussed out
  • Angie L.
    Angie LinderJuly 30, 2013
    Don't just tip these bitches, give them the WHOLE thing.
  • Bradley C.
    Bradley CharmbersFebruary 10, 2013
    Omg! I lived every moment of it!
  • Christian T.
    Christian TrappJanuary 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Really nice staff...
  • Joe M.
    Joe MescherOctober 23, 2009
    I'll never forget the awesome hot dogs (#Chicago Style!) and cursing at the Circle! #Lakeview rocks. Read more
  • Adam C.
    Adam ChannellAugust 21, 2011
    Please leave a tip. Please. Or you will be bitched out.
  • Anthony C.
    Anthony CorsiMarch 18, 2012
    Best shakes ever
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoJanuary 29, 2010
    Ketchup is never found on a Chicago-style dog. As Clint Eastwood’s character in the movie Sudden Impact put it, "Nobody - I mean nobody puts ketchup on a hot dog!" Read more
  • Joseph N.
    Joseph NunezOctober 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The best hot dog in Chicago. Hands down!
  • les r.
    les redmanAugust 24, 2010
    Don't froget to ask for the Chocolate Shake
  • Garland A.
    Garland ArmstrongAugust 29, 2013
    Get ur hot dogs
  • Mary H.
    Mary HelenSeptember 12, 2011
    A woman here physically threatened me because I returned a burger I ordered. I didn't even say anything, just left it on the counter. It's sad that a place like this exists in our society today.
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MurrayOctober 15, 2011
    BEST CHOCOLATE SHAKE!
  • Kim D.
    Kim DefrancoApril 7, 2012
    Aside from the rude bitch at the counter, there's absolutely nothing special about the dogs. Let down, don't waste your time.
  • Catherine H.
    Catherine HanAugust 12, 2013
    Don't get the veggie burger.
  • Sarah
    SarahSeptember 22, 2012
    Banter was decent, but the food was disgusting. Steam cheddar dog ad fries were cold and stale. Don't waste your money.
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie M.March 19, 2011
    Do not get the cheese fries.
  • Melissa G.
    Melissa GoetschApril 24, 2010
    Cheddar Cheese fries and chardog! Amazing
  • David H.
    David HeyburnAugust 21, 2010
    prepare to talk some trash if you want to get food after 12:00am... this place is priceless!
  • Anthony K.
    Anthony KahnyAugust 18, 2011
    Get a chocolate shake!
  • Science D.
    Science DropDecember 1, 2009
    Best Service Ever (cough, cough) Its a Chicago Landmark!
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SchrammFebruary 24, 2013
    I just got called a bitch for ordering a hot dog.
  • Beta G.
    Beta GutembergSeptember 6, 2014
    Filer fogm
  • Shelby Z.
    Shelby ZivkuAugust 6, 2010
    chocolate milkshake! nom
  • Gabe N.
    Gabe N.April 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    CHOCOLATE SHAKE!!!
  • Logan L.
    Logan LightApril 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I like wieners
  • Michael S.
    Michael SMay 6, 2012
    Worst restaurant ever. Employees swear, call you a bitch, and refuse service. Do not eat here!
  • SumSum
    SumSumMarch 18, 2010
    Chocolate shake!
  • Christine H.
    Christine HadamikApril 9, 2012
    Awful service. Awful people. This place sucks.
  • Heather M.
    Heather MittensAugust 1, 2011
    What a bitch. Never fucking spend your money here.
  • Fer C.
    Fer CSeptember 5, 2014
    Son muy groseros pero es parte de su "encanto". Todos los bares de alrededor vacíos, y aquí lleno. Puro efectivo.
  • Jorge C.
    Jorge ChavezApril 5, 2015
    Lugar de hot dogs estilo chicago
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