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Eight Great Hot Dogs

Seek out these worthy versions of Chicago’s quintessential cheap meal, all ordered with the works.

A hot dog from Arnie’s Dog House

Arnie’s Dog House

1503 Indianapolis Blvd., Whiting, Ind.
Photos: Colin Beckett

Cost: $3.09
Dog: Vienna Beef skinless
Toppings: Mustard, relish, onion, pepperoncini

Bite the pepper, then dribble the spicy juice it releases over the hot dog. Heaven.

 
A hot dog from Byron’s Hot Dogs

Byron’s Hot Dogs

1017 W. Irving Park Rd., Lake View

Cost: $3.10
Dog: Vienna Beef skinless
Toppings: Mustard, relish, onion, pickle, tomato, sport peppers, celery salt, cucumber, bell pepper, lettuce

This study in profusion stands at the pinnacle of the Chicago dog’s inclusionist philosophy.

 
A hot dog from The Dog Joint

The Dog Joint

350 W. Armitage Ave., Lincoln Park

Cost: $2.96
Dog: Red Hot Chicago
Toppings: Mustard, relish, onion, pickle, tomato, sport peppers, celery salt

The chopped tomato removes a textural contrast but adds depth to every bite.

 
A hot dog from Jeff’s Red Hots

Jeff’s Red Hots

3901 N. Cicero Ave., Old Irving Park

Cost: $2.46
Dog: Vienna Beef
Toppings: Mustard, relish, onion, pickle, tomato, sport peppers, sauerkraut

The mellow sauerkraut blends right in to produce an earthier Chicago dog.

 
A hot dog from Morrie O’Malley’s Hot Dogs

Morrie O’Malley’s Hot Dogs

3501 S. Union Ave., Bridgeport

Cost: $3
Dog: Vienna Beef
Toppings:Mustard, relish, onion, pickle, tomato, sport peppers, celery salt, cucumber

A cucumber spear sidekick and a heavy hand with the celery salt amp up the fresh-veggie dimension.

 
A hot dog from Rand Red Hots

Rand Red Hots

1441 Rand Rd., Des Plaines

Cost: $3.29 (includes fries)
Dog: Vienna Beef
Toppings: Mustard, relish, onion, sport peppers

This pared-down style requires a high-quality natural-casing hot dog to pull off. Rand delivers.

 
A hot dog from Superdawg Drive-In

Superdawg Drive-In

6363 N. Milwaukee Ave., Norwood Park

Cost: $6.02 (includes fries)
Dog: Proprietary skinless
Toppings: Mustard, relish, onion, pickle, pickled green tomato, sport peppers

The spicy pickled tomato counterbalances a thick, garlicky wiener.

 
A hot dog from Vienna Beef Factory Store

Vienna Beef Factory Store

2501 N. Damen Ave., Industrial Corridor

Cost: $3.05
Dog: Vienna Beef
Toppings: Mustard, relish, onion, pickle, tomato, sport peppers, celery salt

The hot-dog mother ship serves an adept version of the seven-condiment paradigm.

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