Welcome to the dog days of summer. Love ’em or leave ’em, hot dogs are big in Chicago, and if your kids haven’t begged for one yet, they will soon. We love the on-the-go ease (no silverware!) and colorful condiments (kids get a pass where the sacrilege of using ketchup is concerned). Grab one at a legendary local spot and turn eating into an adventure. Click through our album to discover a classic drive-in, counter-service icon and more.

The Best Drive-In: Superdawg

One of the most revered, iconic hot dog destinations not only in Chicago, but in the country at large, is Superdawg. Recognizable for its statues of hot dog characters that stand on the roof of their Norwood Park location, this spot is Americana nostalgia at its best. Pull up in a car and park by one of the intercom stations. You place your order with a staffer who shuffles to and fro the small restaurant, and then eat in your car. Just like the good old-fashioned drive-ins non-kids remember and cherish! It’s a bygone experience, made all the better by crinkle-cut fries, randomly square-shaped scoops of ice cream, and those dogs. Oh, those dogs. The signature Superdawg frankfurter arrives on a poppy seed bun with piccalilli, mustard, pickle, Spanish onions and hot peppers. Another favorite is the adorably named Whoopskidawh, a char-broiled sausage enrobed in “special” sauce with grilled onions and a pickle.

6363 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Norwood Park
773-478-7800
&
333 S. Milwaukee Ave.
Wheeling
Online: superdawg.com

Photo: via dirt on Flickr

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What is your favorite hot dog joint in Chicago? Let us know in the Comments!

— Matt Kirouac