CHICAGO — There’s no question Chicagoans love hot dogs — but what about people who prefer a meatless diet?
From soy dogs to Beyond sausages, the city has dozens of beef-free hot dog options.
Block Club rounded up spots to celebrate National Hot Dog Month sans a meat sausage.
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Fatso’s Last Stand
Fatso’s offers a veggie dog with fries and Chicago-style toppings for $5.50. Unlike most local veggie offerings, this dog comes deep-fried.
Address: 2258 W. Chicago Ave. in Ukrainian Village and 1982 N. Clybourn Ave. in Lincoln Park
Hours: Ukrainian Village: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Lincoln Park: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Phone: Ukrainian Village: 773-245-3287
Lincoln Park: 773-661-6061
Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat
Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat offers two kinds of veggie dogs (among a whole menu of meatless options). Besides a Chicago-style hot dog, the menu features the “Bucktown Bratwurst:” a meatless brat topped with grilled onions and peppers, mustard and ketchup.
Address: 1368 E. 53rd St. in Hyde Park
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays, 4-10 p.m. Saturdays
Chicago’s Dog House
Chicago’s Dog House offers a variety of dogs that can be made vegetarian, from the classics to unique offerings like the German Shepard Dog topped with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, dijon mustard and caramelized onions.
Address: 816 W. Fullerton Ave. in Lincoln Park
Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sundays
Dog House Grill
This joint offers a “Garden Dog” alongside its classic hot dog, fries and burger options.
Address: 1534 N. Wells St. in Old Town
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily
Kim & Carlo’s Hot Dog Stand
Kim and Carlo’s has provided fresh, Chicago-style dogs out of its museum campus location for more than 18 years. In 2016, it began offering “vdogs,” vegan hot dogs prepared Chicago-style.
Address: 499 E. McFetridge Drive in the South Loop’s Museum Campus and 1330 W. Chicago Ave. in Noble Square’s Eckhart Park
Hours: Museum Campus: 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily
Noble Square: Varies
Devil Dawgs offers customers the “Veggie Lover,” a meatless dog that’s been dragged through the garden.
Address: 767 S. State St. in the South Loop, 1431 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park and 937 W. Belmont Ave. in Lakeview
Hours: South Loop and Lakeview: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday
Wicker Park: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
Phone: South Loop: 312-583-9100
Wicker Park: 773-687-9441
Clark Street Dog
This timeless counter-service spot cooks up a mean meatless dog for just under $4.
Address: 3040 N. Clark St. in Lakeview
Hours: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. daily
Flub A Dub Chub’s Hot Dog Emporium
A fast-casual spot decorated like a ’50s diner, Flub A Dub Chub’s Hot Dog Emporium offers “The Willie Dog,” a vegan soy-dog prepared Chicago-style.
Address: 3021 N. Broadway in Lakeview
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily
Victory Grill serves up Chicago-style veggie dogs and other classic American specials out of its modernized diner digs.
Address: 2246 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Logan Square
Hours: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday-Saturday
Chicago-based food brand Upton’s Naturals offers a vegan dog made with its “Updog” seitan sausages. They are wrapped in an algae-based coating to give a clean snap when you bite in — no intestine casing needed.
Address: 2054 W. Grand Ave. in West Town
Hours: 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily
Hot Dog Station
This 9-year-old hot dog spot offers a dozen different styles, among them a veggie dog. It’s situated next to Nighthawk, a quaint coffee house by day and tavern by night with a pet-friendly back patio that allows patrons to bring in takeout.
Address: 4742 N. Kimball Ave. in Albany Park
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
Hot Dog Box
Recording artist Bobby Morelli co-founded this hot dog spot with his daughter, Brooklyn. Hot Dog Box offers customers a vegan sausage substitute topped with classic Chicago fixings.
Address: 330 E. 51st St., Box 11, in Bronzeville’s Boxville
Hours: Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday
Bangers and Lace
Bangers and Lace has two vegan sausage options: the vegan Hot Italian and the vegan bratwurst. Once you make your pick, you get a choice of two toppings and a sauce to customize your dog.
Address: 1670 W. Division St. in Wicker Park
Hours: 4-11 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 4 p.m.-midnight Thursday, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays, noon-3 a.m. Saturdays, noon-11 p.m. Sundays
Relish Chicago Hot Dogs
This hot dog stand doles out a variety of items, including a Chicago-style veggie dog.
Address: 315 S. Michigan Ave. in the Loop’s Grant Park
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Half Acre Beer Company
This rustic brewery’s Take-Away Cafe & Beer Garden offers a Beyond sausage beer brat that’s smothered in caramelized onion, apple slaw and grainy mustard on a poppyseed bun.
Address: 2050 W. Balmoral Ave. in Bowmanville
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday
Kale My Name
Kale My Name’s menu is 100 percent plant-based, so customers can customize their orders by adding jackfruit, seitan, guac and more. Their wieners are served up with two Beyond sausages topped with grilled onions, mustard and relish.
Address: 3300 W. Montrose Ave. in Albany Park
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
Budacki’s Drive In
This spot’s veggie dog is served with French fries.
Address: 4738 N. Damen Ave. in Ravenswood
Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Slim’s on Montrose
Slim’s offers a Lightlife Veggie Dog covered in classic Chicago toppings.
Address: 2020 W. Montrose Ave. in Ravenswood
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
Joey’s Red Hots
Joey’s, which also has suburban locations in New Lenox and Orland Park, offers a Chicago-style veggie dog for $4.
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