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.

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.

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.
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
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
9 stops | 3 hr 21 min total driving
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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