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Gene & Jude's

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2720 River Rd, River Grove, IL 60171-1325
10:30 am - 1:00 am
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 2:00 am
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Elburn, Illinois
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been coming here for 50+ years. Only the building and a few employees have changed, lol. Great, simple menu and the best Chicago hot dog ever.

Thank Gromitspal
Madison, Wisconsin
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85 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by here on a recommendation from a local. Good dogs, great fries, fun way to order and eat. Cheap eats at a slice of America!

Thank Porknbeans99
Bowling Green, Ohio
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First off, Rachel Ray magazine rated this place as having the best hot dog in the US. But I knew before the article was published that Gene and Jude's is amazing!! By far the best hot dog ever. My husband and I go every time we visit family in town. It's so simple yet so amazing. I don't even have... More 

Thank htessler
Atlanta, Georgia
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247 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Be prepared to stand in a line but it is worth it. The menu is limited and the condiments non existent but the hot dog is fantastically different and their fries are cut while you watch. Not a traditional Chicago dog but some traditions we built to change!! Was not a huge fan of the Tamale.

Thank ANP123
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been eating here for 50 years 4 family generations have eaten here Don't even ask for catsup they don't have it !! lol . The best chicago hot dog ever made .You could see a line at 1.00 am to order .Don't miss this place

Thank Hotrod H
Columbia, South Carolina
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371 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It had been many years since I had eaten at Geneva Judes. Back in those days I had no idea that many rated this as the best Hot Dog in the Chicago area. On a return trip to Chicago my wife and I decided to stop for a vaunted Gene and Judes dog. What a poor choice. This is a... More 

Thank Toddb62
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bring cash!! But these dogs and fries are the best I have ever had. They actually use real potatoes and dice them right in front of you. No chili, but you don't need it. If there is a line, get in it and wait!!! Worth the wait. BRING CASH NO CARDS!!

Thank Paul B
Justice, Illinois
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Their menu may be short, their lines may be long wrapped outside around the block, but this is hot dog heaven Chicago style as well as quick service but it's cash only!!! If you go here for a good mouth watering hot dog!!! You will not regret it!!!

Thank mannsh
Fort Collins, Colorado
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124 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

Gene & Jude's does what they do better than anyone else. What they do is make hot dogs and fries. They do not like ketchup (And really, do you need ketchup? Not here.). They charge low prices for delicious hot dogs and fries. If you are interested in these things, eat at Gene & Jude's. If you do not like... More 

Thank BethB02
Melrose Park, Illinois, United States
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

I was not on the Gene & Judes hype train before this visit, considering I like to have ketchup on the hotdogs . However, I was hungry for a hot dog and it was late night on my way home from work. When I got home I put the condiment that they do not like there into the dog and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Fast Food
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
10:30 am - 1:00 am
10:30 am - 1:00 am
10:30 am - 1:00 am
10:30 am - 1:00 am
10:30 am - 1:00 am
10:30 am - 2:00 am
10:30 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2720 River Rd, River Grove, IL 60171-1325
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  River Grove
  • Phone Number: 708-452-7634

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