The state of Illinois and the city of Chicago have built quite a reputation for incredible food, but none have reached the level of obsession like the Chicago-style hot dog.  Discover the 5 hot dogs in the Windy City you must try before you die.

One look at these five Chicago hot dog spots and you will start to feel something move inside you. That's your hunger. Try any of these hot dogs and your life will never be the same.

Where to get the BEST Chicago-Style Hot Dog

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There is almost no other question that stresses me out more. It is nearly impossible to call out the BEST Chicago-style hot dog in the city with many things to consider first.

What are the best hot dog toppings?

Gourmet Grilled All Beef Hots Dogs with Sides and Chips
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Another near-impossible question to answer. The only thing that can be said about Chicago-style hot dog toppings is that none of them should be ketchup.

Ketchup does NOT belong on a Chicago dog

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Hey, you do you, but I wouldn't show or tell too many people that ketchup found its way onto your Chicago-style hot dog.

5 Best Chicago Hot Dog Experiences To Try Before You Die

What makes these 5 hot dogs around Chicago so impressive to me includes a number of things:

  • Toppings
  • Type of hot dog/meat used
  • Sides
  • Packaging/Presentation
  • The Restaurant/Stand/Cart

Big thanks to Chicago Eater for always helping us make good food choices in one of America's most delicious cities.

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The state of Illinois and the city of Chicago have built quite a reputation for incredible food, but none have reached the level of obsession like the Chicago-style hot dog. Discover the 5 hot dogs in the Windy City you must try before you die.

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