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Portillo's Hot Dogs

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855 Cog Cir, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-7316
+1 815-788-0900
10:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 23:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I've always loved their Italian Beef and really no one else compares. But the downside is it's always pretty chaotic in there. And for some reason even though there's 15 people behind the counter getting your food together it always takes forever to get your food! Much too long of a wait for the simplest of orders and I can... More 

Thank Jennifer E
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter and son-in-law visited from Tennessee and missed Portillo's so much that this was the first thing they wanted to eat when they got into town. My daughter had the Italian beef while my son-in-law had the burger and a hot dog. I had an Italian beef as well. How can you go wrong? They're all fabulous when it... More 

Thank Jerrybuch
Woodstock, Illinois
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62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love this restaurant best hot dogs, fries, onion rings, and Italian beef. Very fast drive thru and even inside they have it down to a science how to move a crowd

Thank Claygoddess
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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146 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Whether dining in, ordering online, or going through the drive through, Portillos always delivers. The charbroiled burgers are delicious, drink sizes are generous, thick crinkly fries are tasty, and the availabilities of pastas (since Barnelli's is right there too -my favorite is the baked mostacolli) make it a great place for lunch and dinner. And who can bypass their delicious... More 

Thank Calmac3
Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

This place is a staple in the Chicago area. If you're looking for a great Chicago style hot dog or a really good Italian beef you must come here. All of their restaurants are a 1950s style diner decor. It's a great place to bring the family.

Thank Paul and Holly M
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I haven't been disappointed yet. Great beef sandwiches, hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, tamales chopped salad,and chocolate cake. The strawberry shortcake is good too. .

Thank coolbreeze7100
Mchenry, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We're fortunate enough to live near the Portillos in Crystal Lake, Illinois. (the picture above is not that location). By far the best cheeseburgers around and their fries... oh oh oh their fries! They make things to order so this is "not so fast" fast food but it's worth the extra few minutes wait. In the last year or so... More 

Thank Annette Y
Clarkston, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I can never come to this area without stopping in Portillo's. It is always great. Service, food. You can not beat it. Best Hot Dog anywhere. Can not wait to go back.

Thank JeffreyTravel
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Great food for cheap price. It is a fast food restaurant with quality food. You stand in line to order and either call your number or bring it to your table if the wait is long. They have a variety of food on their menu. Good for the whole family.

Thank lrizza
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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100 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

So how did Portillo's start? As a hot dog stand in Villa Park, IL in 1963! So despite the fact that I love their Italian beef sandwiches, hamburgers and many of their other dishes, I just have to come back to the original every once in a while. Their hot dogs are beefy, flavorful and best of all, they "snap"... More 

Thank Jerrybuch

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 855 Cog Cir, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-7316
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Crystal Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 815-788-0900
Home to America's favorite Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef, burgers, salads, and chocolate cake.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?