What is there to say about the Wiener’s Circle?
This iconic Lincoln Park spot is more famous for its take-no-shit staff and wild late-night scene than its hot dogs. Go ahead and watch this classic sketch from the Conan O’Brien Show to get an idea. But along with some good natured verbal abuse, this place also has very tasty Chicago-style dogs. And if you come here during the day and don’t take too long ordering, you can have a relatively normal experience.
One recent change this spot has made in the past 30 years is that it now has a spacious back patio. The partially-covered backyard has a full bar, mini basketball court, ping pong table, TVs, tons of tables, and heaters. Just be aware you can’t order food from the bar, so hit up the regular ol’ Wiener Circle for a char dog and a dose of humility, then head towards the back.
You can get your dog charred or steamed, it’s up to you. The staff won’t scream at you for your choice, unless you take a while to order because you don’t know what you want on it. We’ll help you out: You want a Chicago-style, with everything.
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