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River North


100 Ontario St.
Chicago, IL, 60654, United States
TEL: (312) 587-8910

Founder Dick Portillo began serving his delicious Chicago-style hot dogs out of a trailer back in 1963, and now this legendary franchise has nearly four dozen locations (including one in Buena Park, California). The busy River North diner sports a 30's gangster theme and has counters for different items, including hot dogs, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Portillo's musts include the classic hot dog, topped with mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, pickles and sport peppers, as well as the Italian beef sandwich, served on French bread. Celebrate this calorie splurge with a piece of their homemade, fudge-topped chocolate cake.

Insider Tip:

Make sure to order the Italian beef “dipped” (in gravy) and topped with both sweet and hot peppers - the flavor they add is worth the extra charge.


Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Dinner
  • Family-Friendly Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Lunch
  • Large Groups
  • No Reservations
  • Private Room Available
  • Patio/Outdoor Seating
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out Available

Cuisine Type:: Diner


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