Gene & Jude’s

Hot Dog | Street Food
Worth driving from anywhere!

Gene & Jude’s, just a few minutes the other side of O’Hare Airport, is hugely popular, but it is relatively small and extremely modest. There are no tables or chairs at all; as is Chicago custom, the eatery offers a chest-high counter to which you may bring your meal, unwrap it, and eat standing up. When you’re finished, use the wax paper in which the food was served to gather up any scraps and heave them in one of the large garbage cans provided in the corners of the room. We find this arrangement comfortable and eminently practical for eating extremely messy food; however, many customers choose to dine in their cars in the parking lot.

You get a hot dog or a double dog. The natural-casing, all-beef Vienna brand franks are slim and snappy; they are inserted into soft buns and dressed with mustard, onions, piccalilli, or sport peppers as you request. Some hot dog historians consider this the “original” Chicago style dog, before the more baroque garnishes of pickle spear, tomato slice, and celery salt.

It is a fine, fine hot dog … but wait, there’s more! Whatever toppings are included, each dog gets heaped with a large fistful of French fries … some of the best French fries in Chicago. Fresh? Forget about it! As you wait for your hot dog to be prepared, you can watch the counter folks peel and cut whole potatoes, then fry them, drain them, and pile them onto waiting dogs. They spend a good long time in the bubbling oil, emerging dark brown with some pieces crunchy through-and-through, others thick and potato-creamy inside.

What to Eat
Gene & Jude’s, Hot Dog
Hot Dog
Hot dogs come swaddled in French fries.
Gene & Jude’s, French Fries
French Fries
Chicago has so many street-food wonders that its magnificent French fries are often overlooked.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday10:30 am - 1 am
Monday10:30 am - 1 am
Tuesday10:30 am - 1 am
Wednesday10:30 am - 1 am
Thursday10:30 am - 1 am
Friday10:30 am - 2 am
Saturday10:30 am - 2 am
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
9 stops | 74 MILES | 3 hr 21 min

Frankfurter historians believe the Chicago red hot (aka hot dog) was first configured in 1929 by Abe "Fluky" Drexler at the erstwhile street bazaar on Maxwell Street. Drexler's genius was to bun the sausage and top it with so many condiments that it seemed more like a meal than a snack. Today, nearly 2000 vendors…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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