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Gene & Jude's

2720 N. River Rd., River Grove, IL - (708) 452-7634
As is Chicago custom, the Gene & Jude's offers a chest-high counter to which you may bring your meal, unwrap it, and eat standing up. The natural-casing, all-beef Vienna brand tube steaks are slim and snappy; they are inserted into soft buns and dressed with mustard, onions, piccalilli, or sport peppers as you request.
97% Approval Rating (38 votes)

Scorecard

5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Double Dog with Fries
French Fries
Hot Dog
tamales

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (6)
Roadfood.com Editor
" We owe a deep debt of gratitude to Glen Stepanovic, who wrote imploring us to visit Gene & Jude's. Somehow, this estimable hot dog stand just a few minutes the OTHER side of O'Hare had eluded our radar. It is hugely popular – Glen said it's the largest purveyor of ..."   [Read More]
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Robert Myers
April 15, 2007
"Gene and Jude's is a great stop either to or from O'Hare, on your way back from Six Flags, or just to take a friend for the best hot dog in Chicago. Nice and simple. They offer only hot dogs and tamales, fresh-cut fries and Pepsi products. No catsup served here; ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

2720 N. River Rd., River Grove, IL
(708) 452-7634

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
The hot dog comes wrapped with a pile of french fries. If you look closely, you can see a sport pepper, mustard, relish, and onion nestled in with the oh-so-ready-to-eat frankfurter.
"The hot dog comes wrapped with a pile of french fries. If you look closely, you can see a sport pepper, mustard, relish, and onion nestled in with the oh-so-ready-to-eat frankfurter."
Michael Stern





The traditional street-food eatery in Chicago provides customers with a high counter on which to unwrap the food and eat with little chance of dripping on shirt or pants. This photo was taken at 10:35am, five minutes after Gene & Jude opened. Within twenty minutes, there was no counter space available.
"The traditional street-food eatery in Chicago provides customers with a high counter on which to unwrap the food and eat with little chance of dripping on shirt or pants. This photo was taken at 10:35am, five minutes after Gene & Jude opened. Within twenty minutes, there was no counter space available."
Michael Stern


Here's how you get your Gene & Jude's hot dog at the counter: ready to unwrap.
"Here's how you get your Gene & Jude's hot dog at the counter: ready to unwrap."
Michael Stern


Chicago has so many other street-food wonders, that its magnificent French fries are often overlooked. These are some of the very best. Fifteen minutes before this photo was taken, they were whole potatoes, about to be sliced.
"Chicago has so many other street-food wonders, that its magnificent French fries are often overlooked. These are some of the very best. Fifteen minutes before this photo was taken, they were whole potatoes, about to be sliced."
Michael Stern


Here's a less-is-more menu to stir the soul of all hot dog lovers!
"Here's a less-is-more menu to stir the soul of all hot dog lovers!"
Michael Stern


Gene & Jude has been a player in the Chicago hot  dog scene since 1946.
"Gene & Jude has been a player in the Chicago hot dog scene since 1946."
Michael Stern



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