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Jim's Original Hot Dog

1250 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL 60607-5034
+1 312-733-7820
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“polish sausage” (15 reviews)
“polish dog” (4 reviews)
Open Now
00:00 - 22:59All hours
Fast food, American
1250 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL 60607-5034
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As a former sportswriter for the Chicago Daily News and Chicago Sun-Times,I remember when I covered Chicago Public League playoff games at Illinois-Chicago's old baseball field in the 1970s and 1980s. Sometime between the fourth or fifth innings, we'd always sneak away to buy a...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a concert, our Uber driver dropped us here for a late night snack. Be prepared to wait. It was busy. I ordered the polish and cheese fries. Best polish I've ever had. Perfect snap and packed full of flavor. Decent bun with some sautéed...More

Thank Jeff B
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Such a great polish sausage. Wonderful snap and full flavor. I will definitely return the next time we are in Chicago. I would love to do a comparison with the very similar looking Express Grill next door. Menu item to menu item. I've heard Jim's...More

Thank Shawn B
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Finally made it to Jim's Original Hot Dog and I can't wait to go again. I tried polish Hot dog. Amazing it had a great snap and a wonderful beef flavor. Also tried the Pork chop sandwich juicy tender and delicious. A lot of people...More

Thank nana5815
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Jim’s is a Chicago institution. They had to move from their original Maxwell Street location in 2001 to make room for the UIC expansion. I have been eating at Jim’s since I used to visit my grandmother here in the 1970’s. When I mover here...More

Thank MW196
Reviewed 14 March 2017

When I attended the old Chicago Police Academy at 720 W. O'Brien St. (before the one on 1300 W. Jackson Blvd.), Jim's Original Hot Dog would be a distracting smell while listening to lectures or taking exams. Now O'Brien St. is named for the late...More

1  Thank Allen21096
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Jimmy Stefanovic created the first polish sausage sandwich at his small hot dog stand on the corner of Maxwell and Halsted Streets in 1941, two years after he opened. A complex mix of spices, garlic, crunch, meatiness, sweetness and hot, Jimmy grilled one-third pound of...More

1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Love this place. Been going since I was a little girl with my Dad. Now I take my kids and we eat in the car right outside the place. I get the beef polish, usually I'll have the split it and grill it for extra...More

1  Thank Lisa G
Reviewed 11 November 2016

Following our drivers recommendation, we endured terrible friday night traffic to get here. Quick service, yet very buys. Great dogs and other menu options. Worth the effort for old school food. we only ate the hot dogs but the other food looked great.

1  Thank Swannynz
Reviewed 6 November 2016

BE sure to ask to have your onions a little more well done. Great dogs and maxwell st polish. A Chicago dog staple. Perfect fries. p.s. the hot peppers are hot (very tasty)

1  Thank Mark R
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
00:00 - 22:59
00:00 - 22:59
00:00 - 22:59
00:00 - 22:59
00:00 - 22:59
00:00 - 22:59
00:00 - 22:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1250 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL 60607-5034
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > University Village / Little Italy
  • Neighbourhood: University Village / Little Italy
  • Phone Number: +1 312-733-7820
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