Wiener’s Circle

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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. Continue reading

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.

Inside, the perimeter of the Wiener’s Circle is outfitted with counters and stools well-suited for hot-dog eating and for gazing out the window at Clark Street. Outside is a row of picnic benches.

Dishes to try
Wiener’s Circle, French Fries
French Fries
Must-Try
Some of the best French fries in Chicago ... served in superabundance
Wiener’s Circle, Char Red Hot
Char Red Hot
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All the way, grilled onions (no tomato!)
Wiener’s Circle, Chicago Dog
Chicago Dog
Must-Try
One wonderful Chicago dog, dragged through the garden.
Cheddar Char Dog
Cheddar Char Burger
Cheddar Cheese Fries
Directions and Hours
Open Today
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
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
9 stops | 3 hr 21 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes