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$5 - $10
American, Fast Food
Lunch, Dinner

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University Village/Little Italy
1.0 miles from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Didn't get to eat lunch so grabbed a polish and double cheeseburger. Got home, ate it, tummy got warm and vomitied. And I kept vomiting until it found a different exit.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Illinois High School Association and the Illinois Pork Producers Association are co-sponsoring a contest to determine which high school's concession makes the best pork chop sandwiches. So which Chicago sandwich shop produces the best pork chop sandwich? What makes a great pork chop sandwich?...Start with a bone-in pork chop. Dredge it lightly in flour and cook it in a healthy amount of oil until it is golden brown and crisply. Then put the tender, juicy pork chop between a steamed bun with a layer of yellow salad mustard and top it with a mountain of grilled Spanish onions and spicy hot sport peppers. One place you can find this iconic sandwich is Jim's Original Hot Dog stand. Located at 1250 South Union Street, at Rochford Street, south of Roosevelt Road, next to the Dan Ryan Expressway, in the University Village and Little Italy neighborhoods, it is an old school hot dog stand that started in 1939 and is open 24 hours a day. Jim's is more widely known for its all-beef hot dog and the first Maxwell Street Polish sausage sandwich, which it introduced in 1943. But old-timers insist that the oldest continuously operating hot dog stand to have once done business on Maxwell Street that Jim's bone-in pork chop sandwich is every bit as good if not better. In fact, the bone-in pork chop sandwich also was invented at Jim's, also in 1943. Other competitors for "best pork chop sandwich" include Maxwell Street Depot in Bridgeport and Original Maxwell Street in West Garfield Park.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed May 20, 2021

Where else you going to eat after 10pm with covid restrictions limiting your options? Cheap, filling, decent quality dogs and fries. Outstanding people-gazing in line

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed December 24, 2020

One of the BEST of Chicago eats! This stand is open 24 hours a day and has been serving those delicious Maxwell St. polish for decades! Loved that little snap you get when you bit from a hot dog (it comes with fries). Parking can...be tricky but service fast and friendly! It's a must-do if visiting the Windy City!More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed October 3, 2020 via mobile

Jim’s is a bit out of the way, especially for tourists without a car, but this ~80-year old street food destination is a Chicago foodie institution. If needed, the Chicago Transit Authority’s #8 Bus (Halsted) lets you off a block from the Sandwich Shop. I...decided to visit Jim’s (based on the “Somebody Feed Phil” recommendation) and enjoyed my taste of the local cuisine. I tried the all-beef Polish hot dog with cheese fries. There wasn’t much of a line when I was there, the prices were decent, and the service was quick. Be warned, the accompanying hot pepper is extra spicy!More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 30, 2020

So Yum! Cheap, fast, delicious. Pork Chop sandwich, say what! Security is also now in place so you feel safe. The only downfall is the smell of piss everywhere outside. But such a unique experience. You want local and history, you go to Jims!

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed February 29, 2020

I had a really local experience! I was lucky, no lines when I arrived. Fast service, good price, and so yuummm. And the best part of the experience was eating outside stand up, reading the amazing history about the Jim´s Original hot dog. A hook...to my list LOL i heard a lot of local people never have been there. OH, be careful with the pepper is HOTMore

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 24, 2020

Always a line..cars parked everywhere, no designated area to park...and you wait. Delicious food that must be tried at least one time. Think the Polish and the hot dog are on the smaller size for the buck, but nevertheless, mouth watering. Fries are included and...are excellent. Can go there day or night. Line moves fairly fast. No inside dining. Great on a summer night...eat in car during the colder days.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed December 22, 2019

76 years and still going strong. Jim's Original Hot Dog has been selling hot dogs since 1943. They actually began on Maxwell Street, but when Maxwell Street was re-done, Jim's Original Hot Dog moved over to the 1250 S. Union location. I remember eating here...while attending the Chicago police academy when it was located here. Now, all that remains of that time is the street named for the former superintendent. But, I digress. This time, we decided to do a taste test and pick up one Polish sausage sandwich from Jim's Original Hot Dog and one Polish sausage sandwich from Express Grill. We decided to each eat one half and then switch. So, we found that the Polish sausage was very similar tasting and probably is from the same supplier. On top of the Polish sausage sandwich were mounds of sweet colossal Spanish onions, two huge sport peppers and a bed of yellow salad mustard on the bun. We thought that the onions tasted great. The French fries at Jim's Original Hot Dog were not the crinkle-type, so they didn't seem as crisp as the French fries from Express Grill. Both sandwiches come with a small bag of French fries and both sandwiches are $5.15 each Jim's Original Hot Dog is the first of the two hot dog stands on this block of S. Union Ave. Jim's Original Hot Dog does accept credit cards..More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 25, 2019

Opened in 1939, Jim's Original is an old-school, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week hot dog stand that is noted for smothering almost all of its hot dogs, burgers and sandwiches with Sweet Colossal Spanish onions, spicy hot sports peppers and yellow salad mustard. Located at 1250 South Union...Avenue, at the southwest corner of Union and James Rochford Street, it started at Maxwell and Halsted but moved to its current location in the wake of the University of Illinois-Chicago's expansion. Jim's claim to fame is the original Maxwell Street Polish Sausage sandwich, which it created in 1943. It features Polish sausage on a hot bun with a layer of yellow salad mustard topped with a mountain of Sweet Colossal Spanish onions and spicy hot sport peppers. With a free order of fries. Honestly, I've never warmed to Polish sausage or brats. But I truly enjoy Jim's cheeseburger with grilled ground beef on a hot bun with yellow mustard, onions, peppers and a slice of American cheese and Jim's filet of fish sandwich with tender whitefish on a hot bun with tartar sauce and onions. My wife prefers the chicken breast sandwich. Imagine, a hot dog stand that isn't noted for its hot dogs. Perhaps that's because Jim's version is a 100 percent beef hot dog with yellow mustard, onions and peppers, not the more celebrated Chicago-style model. Jim's pork chops sandwich also is very popular. Jim's has been in business for 80 years. So he must be doing something right.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Jim's Original Hot Dog is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4