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Eat at Portillo’s for a Chicago Dog

20170818_225441When visiting Chicago there are two foods that tourists have to get, a deep dish pizza and a Chicago-style hot dog. My husband has been to Chicago a bunch of times, so I asked for his opinion about where to get a hot dog and he said we had to go to Portillo’s. Interestingly, Portillo’s just opened a new location in Champaign, IL so my family had already been to one. And my mom loves the place, so that’s where we went!

Portillo’s is located in Downtown Chicago at the corner of Ontario and Clark streets. It’s about 6 blocks west of Michigan Avenue and 7 blocks north of the River for anyone staying in the Downtown area.

My picture isn’t great, but Portillo’s has this great old-timey, diner 20170818_225110atmosphere that I loved. They have neon signs advertising the different menu items and you go up to different counters based on what you want to order. Since we were there for hot dogs, we went right up to the hot dog counter and ordered. But they also have a milk shake counter and an Italian food counter that also looked awesome and that I’m dying to try. The tables are covered with picnic style red and white checkered table cloths and there is so much space that you can easily find a place to sit.

We ordered hot dogs, french fries with cheese, and a chocolate milkshake to share.  If you are ordering a “Chicago-Style” hot dog it comes with a full pickle spear, sports peppers, onions, tomato, and mustard. Brian loves them that way. He also told me that if you ordered ketchup the Chicago-ans will judge you (I don’t know if that’s true or if he was messing with me, but I 20170818_225623ordered mine without just in case and got ketchup from the condiment station – LOL).

Once the food is ready, you pick it up in bags at the counter. It really just takes a few minutes of waiting. My reaction to the food was as follows: The milk shake is huge, I’m so glad I talked Brian into sharing; the hot dogs came with poppy seed buns, fancy!; and yum, liquid cheese.

Overall I loved our visit to Portillo’s and it’s on my list to go back to next time I’m in Chicago, or next time I visit my family in Champaign, IL!

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The Original Rainbow Cone

Our Friends modeling their Rainbow Cones! :)

When we visited Chicago our friends told us that we had to go to Rainbow Cone. However, they all said that it was way too far to Uber to the original location on the South Side of Chicago. But, our day was saved once we discovered that there was actually a location at Navy Pier, and so we set off!

The Original Rainbow Cone is located in a small white building, basically a hut, on the far right side of Navy Pier. It’s past the Ferris Wheel, about halfway down the pier and across from the restaurant called Riva’s.

Our friends had told us all about the flavor choices while we were in the Uber: Chocolate, Pistacchio (green), Strawberry (pink), Orange Sherbert (orange) and Palmer House (yellow) with cherry

chunks. However, Brian and I were completely surprised when we got there and found out that you actually get all 5 flavors! Your only decision is if you want it in a cup or a cone!

We loved it so much we actually got it two days in a row when we found ourselves at Navy Pier again! 🙂

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