Wiener’s Circle

Hamburgers | Hot Dog | Street Food
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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. 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
Must-Try
Some of the best French fries in Chicago ... served in superabundance
Wiener’s Circle, Char Red Hot
Char Red Hot
Must-Try
All the way, grilled onions (no tomato!)
Wiener’s Circle, Chicago Dog
Chicago Dog
Must-Try
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
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
9 stops | 3 hr 21 min total driving
Information
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes

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