Wiener’s Circle

Hamburgers | Hot Dog | Street Food
One of the best

The sign outside declares this place to be home of the char-broiled cheddarburger, and a comely patty of beef it is. But the name is The Wiener’s Circle, a typically Chicagoan bit of culinary word play that lets you know what’s really important. Here are seriously good Chicago-style hot dogs, served in steamy soft Rosen-brand poppy seed buns and topped with flawless condiments.

The major decision to make, dog-wise, is whether you want it boiled or charred. At many of Chicago’s red-hot joints, we recommend boiled or steamed because it yields the plumpest, tautest skin; but here at the Wiener’s Circle, charred is the way to go. Cooked on the grate just behind the order counter, the char dogs get a good crunch from the flames. For us, this rugged tube steak nestled in its super-tender bun is the essence Chicago.

Wiener’s Circle French fries are among the best: crisp and fatty, impossible to stop eating.

Dining is either at counter space inside or picnic tables overlooking Clark Street. Orders are taken and food delivered by one of several gals at the open-kitchen window. “Char Dog!” one calls out to a customer, using what he ordered as his name, then continuing her conversation as the bill is paid by calling him sweetheart, honey, and darling. However, pet names are an exception to the rule of rudeness that prevails. The Wiener’s Circle is famous for a staff that more often speak to customers the way Cubs fans yell at umpires who have made a controversial call.

What to Eat
Wiener’s Circle, French Fries
French Fries
Some of the best French fries in Chicago ... served in superabundance
Wiener’s Circle, Char Red Hot
Char Red Hot
All the way, grilled onions (no tomato!)
Wiener’s Circle, Chicago Dog
Chicago Dog
One wonderful Chicago dog, dragged through the garden.
Wiener’s Circle, Cheese Fries
Cheese Fries
Cheese fries: gilt for the lily
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday10:30 am - 4 am
Monday10:30 am - 4 am
Tuesday10:30 am - 4 am
Wednesday10:30 am - 4 am
Thursday10:30 am - 4 am
Friday10:30 am - 5 am
Saturday10:30 am - 5 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
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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