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Downtown Dogs

#353 of 7,682 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Gold Coast
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804 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611-2006
+1 312-951-5141
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 10:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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Phoenix, Arizona
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

No one wants tablecloths with a Chicago Dog. No, you want a cramped little place with a narrow bar looking out on the street and killer good dogs. Look no farther, Downtown Dogs is all that.

Thank David B
Edmonds, WA
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571 reviews
388 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 311 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

While there is no such thing as a bad Chicago style hotdog, Downtown Dogs needs to up their game. I had a Charred Polish with everything and an order of fries. The Polish was one of the smaller versions that I have ever had, with a minimal char that lacked any snap. While my needs for a dog were met,... More 

Thank DP49
Brownsburg, Indiana
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

My husband and I love a good Chicago dog. You'd think with Indianapolis being so close to Chicago it wouldn't be hard to find one close to home. These were delicious and exactly what we were craving! We both got the Monday special--Downtown Dog with a side of fries. Both of us had our meals gone in under five minutes.... More 

Thank Alex M
Bennett, Colorado
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Stumbled across the downtown dog while walking through Chicago. Had to stop in. The dogs were a great introduction to the classic Chicago style dog. Watch out for the double dog, it slippery and tough to eat. The shop itself is a hole in the wall and could have been cleaner. Friendly staff. Overall glad we did it for the... More 

Thank Stacey M
Thornhill, Canada
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362 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Very popular with lots of choices, but no veggie dog. They aren't particularly special, and the fries tasted like frozen shoestring fries, certainly not "to die for" as claimed in recent review

Thank Kulbi
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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78 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Not only are the hot dogs the best ever. The fries are to die for! Plus my kids love the inside, it has pictures and videos of dogs!!!!

Thank 3deltas
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

If you're looking for a good Chicago style hot dog, you probably don't want anything too fancy, right? We went to Downtown Dogs and it was crowded and chaotic. I had to question if this was the best choice. But once I had the first bite of the hot dog and a sip of the cold beer from Pippin's next... More 

Thank KatieDalyMinnesota
Hurlock, Maryland
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

As someone who did not like yellow mustard, relish, or dill pickle, I hesitated to order a "Downtown Dog" with everything (everything being mustard, neon relish, dill pickle slice, celery salt, onion, tomato, and hot peppers). However, being that I was in Chicago and I heard a rumor that ordering a hot dog with ketchup was not acceptable, I decided... More 

Thank SteelDiddy87
Cedar Park, Texas
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64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

We were in town visiting friends and picked Downtown Dogs for our yearly Chicago dog experience. We read the reviews and we were prepared to have difficulty finding seating. That was not the problem. The problem was horrible customer service and the wait time for food was ridiculous (as in they forgot the order). The young lady at the counter... More 

Thank Amber02
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

On the food on foot tour we stopped here for an authentic Chicago dog. I generally eat everything plain, but lived the combination of the items on the Chicago dog. Glad I tried one. I did take the tomato off. We sat down at Pippens Tavern to eat.

Thank Sarah G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 804 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611-2006
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Gold Coast
  • Neighbourhood: Gold Coast
  • Phone Number: +1 312-951-5141

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Gold Coast

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Gold Coast
Located just north of The Loop, Gold Coast is one of Chicago’s most affluent and popular neighborhoods. The original Playboy, Hugh Hefner, once had a mansion here. In addition to prestigious hotels, historic mansions and luxury high-rise apartments, you’ll also find upscale specialty boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The Newberry Library is also a great stop to check out noteworthy exhibits and rare book collections.
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