100 W Ontario St Chicago

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Portillos is a Chicago restaurant that doesn’t need much introduction. Specializing in serving Chicago-style hot dogs, burgers, and Italian beef, this Chicago classic is one that will leave visitors wanting more. Portillos has been a hot topic with Chicagoans since it’s inception.

Starting out as a humble hot dog stand known as “The Dog House” in 1963, the company has grown exponentially since then due to its food’s unmatched taste and quality. Portillo’s founder, Dick Portillo, originally invested $1,100 into the 6’ x 12’ trailer that housed “The Dog House” (it didn’t even have running water!). In 1993, Barnelli's Pasta Bowl was introduced where customers can get many different kinds of pasta and sauces along with gourmet salads and hand-made sandwiches. A year later, after years of requests from Portillo enthusiasts, a location was opened at the intersection of Clark and Ontario. That is Portillos current spot and one where they continue to serve happy customers day after day. Now, they have over 50 locations spanning across the country and a new fundraiser program that helps support local communities.

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As a company, they have always believed in serving up a better tomorrow and giving back to people who support causes they care about. With the “Portillos for Good Fundraiser”, Portillos is dedicated to helping anybody raise money for an organization or cause close to their heart. So if you’re visiting Chicago and are looking for a new place to try, Portillos is a one-stop-shop for good food that supports good causes. It makes a great spot to take an out of towner and introduce them to the infamous Chicago style hot dog. They are also popular for their milkshakes and chocolate cake. Many of the decorations displayed around the restaurant were purchased from the original Chicago NHL Stadium including the 1938 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup banner.

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