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Gene & Jude's

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2720 River Rd, River Grove, IL 60171-1325
+1 708-452-7634
10:30 - 02:00
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 02:00
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

No frills. EXCELLENT!!!!! Vienna hot dogs with fresh cut Fries. I think they are the world's best. You can get a dog with fries for only $2.93. 3/17.

Thank Dorothy S
Coral Springs, Florida
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32 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It´s a different chicago style hot dog. Very good but different. You must eat standing no tables in the place.

Thank mochilerosenpareja
Lexington, Massachusetts, United States
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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's all about the $3 hot dog, with fries included. The lines are incredible long, but move along real well. The staff is great at making your dog the way you want it, though within their rules. But staff is a Big Plus. The dogs are steamed, as are the buns. The dogs "snap" and to a hot dog fan,... More 

Thank Joe R
Norridge, Illinois
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57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been going here for over 40 years. This is hands down the best dog in Chicagoland. Menu is simple, Hot Dogs (no ketchup), fries, tamales and pop. They follow the KISS method, Keep It Simple Stupid, minimalist menu prepared to perfection. Ten thumbs up for this dog. Only negative, long lines because it is just so darn popular.

Thank Michelangelo S
Downers Grove
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've been coming here since the 60's. It seems recently they changed a few things. Poppy seed buns are gone and I know Vienna dogs, they didn't look or taste like them at all.

Thank Dino S
Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Don't be fooled by the long lines when you go here. I have never waited more than 15 minutes on the most crowded of lines. Prices are very good, It is cash only. The selections are limited but good. A large parking lot and there never seems to be a time when it is not busy. They have a system... More 

2 Thank George K
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I drive 13 miles each way just to dine on Gene and Jude's hot dogs. It world famous, I have met people from all over when I go there. Fair warning, no ketchup to be found anywhere in the shop. P.S. As I said in the title, Hot dogs are their specialty. And they they have the best fries in... More 

Thank reverendgftravel
Memphis, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

This place has always been the best when it comes to hot dogs. Fast pace on serving the food. The history it has on being one of the best in the area. People from all over the Chicagoland area comes to the place just to spend about $2.40 on hot dogs and fries (with no KETCHUP!!).

Thank Noe S
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

This place is a small fast food joint. No sit down dining or fancy food. Just a plain ol great hot dog! You can pick it up to go or stand up and eat it there. I recommend eating it there. These hot dogs were amazing. The sport peppers and fries on top of the dog kick it up a... More 

Thank jsotox3
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91 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

I took my teenagers to this hot dog joint and it was love at first sight.....for them! The "dogs" are so good.....but I gave it five starts because of the overall experience. It's great to have that "go back in time" feeling. The no-frills, stand in line, no seating, chatty workers made us feel like it was sixty years (or... More 

Thank RegTerry

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:30 - 01:00
10:30 - 01:00
10:30 - 01:00
10:30 - 01:00
10:30 - 01:00
10:30 - 02:00
10:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2720 River Rd, River Grove, IL 60171-1325
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  River Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 708-452-7634

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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?