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Paradise Pup

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Hot Dogs, Hamburgers
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1724 S River Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018-2253
847-699-8590
Today
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • 69
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 0
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch

Great food for the price. Only open 11-5. Usually a line starting at 10:45 and never stops until 5:00 p.m. 6 days a week.. Great food.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Des Plaines, Illinois
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Des Plaines, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Great food for the price. Only open 11-5. Usually a line starting at 10:45 and never stops until 5:00 p.m. 6 days a week.. Great food.

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

If you are looking for a "real" Chicago dog, but really don't feel like traveling to the city from the suburbs, this is your place. All the components that make up the real deal and more. Just get there early. I have never seen this place without a line out the door. If I had to say anything, I would... More 

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Outstanding food - especially the burgers! Not sure about the wait, but it they have been on TV and it's a lot of fun. I stopped in for a late lunch (2:30pm) and only a few people in line. Cheddar burger is a favorite. Juicy and perfectly prepared, with a great helping of toppings made to order. The fries are... More 

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The name says Hot Dogs, but Paradise has a large eclectic menu from pasta to pups. The prices are more than reasonable and the food is hot and good. Eat in or carry out options are available. The biggest complaint is they are not open on Sunday.

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Parkville, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I always prefer a local place to any chain or hotel restaurant. If you like burgers, fries, hot dogs, milkshakes....you gotta try this place. I went at 3:00 in the afternoon. Short line, great service, and the food was more than good enough to warrant a return trip! Cash only, so bring $20, and try one of each!

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We've been going to Paradise Pup for eight years. It's become the neighborhood place to go. There's always a line and you wait outside most of the time, but nobody minds. You talk and joke with the people in line and see friends and meet new ones. Then you make your way inside and George greets you with his nice... More 

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I had to try the food here after hearing so many raves and I agree that it's great. But, to be honest, the hamburgers are a little too "charred" for my taste. Aside from that, I have not found a flaw. If they took credit cards, it would be a perfect stop for me!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Friends recommended Paradise Pup to us. "If you love burgers and fast food, you've got to give it a try. You won't be disappointed," they said. We do and we did and we weren't. But after only one visit to Paradise Pup at 1724 South River Road in Des Plaines, we had to wonder: Why do they close at 5... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I ordered Char Polish sausage and an order of fries. When I got looked, smelled and tasted like a hotdog. however they insisted it was a Polish sausage. I can't believe so many other places have gotten it wrong all of these years. Now if it were a hot dog that I was eating I would say it was pretty... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is an awesome place. Burgers are great. They do sell other items. Try the beef sandwich it is also excellent.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1724 S River Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018-2253
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Des Plaines
  • Phone Number: 847-699-8590

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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