Downtown Dogs closing after more than 26 years due to coronavirus pandemic

Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Tribune
·1 min read

Downtown Dogs, the much-loved Chicago hot dog stand that first opened in 1994, plans to close by the end of the month. According to a message from the restaurant, “the pandemic has caused us to lose our lease and permanently close our doors.” The restaurant also noted that it was looted twice over the past year.

While finding a hot dog in Chicago isn’t exactly a difficult task, Downtown Dogs’ location a block from the Chicago Water Tower, meant that it was a welcome reprieve from the crush of bag-toting tourists on the Magnificent Mile. Along with fully loaded hot dogs, the shop served a number of classic Chicago dishes, including Italian beefs and Polish sausages. In fact, we last visited for a pizza puff, that misunderstood Chicago classic.

You have until Jan. 30 to place your last order.

804 N. Rush St., 312-951-5141,

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