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  • Post #91 - September 30th, 2010, 7:57 am
    Post #91 - September 30th, 2010, 7:57 am Post #91 - September 30th, 2010, 7:57 am
    teatpuller wrote:Another fun thing is to make panhandlers tap-dance for change. I always get a kick out of that.

    You can bet those who do, get better "tips"!

    I was walking down Ohio, right by Ginza,
    one evening, and a guy sidled up to me
    so quick I didn't know what to think.
    He had my shoes shined with hardly a
    break in my stride. I just had to laugh
    and congratulate the guy on his hustle.
    How could you not pay the guy for that?
    People hustle. People perform -
    even for money! The HORROR!!
  • Post #92 - October 1st, 2010, 3:01 pm
    Post #92 - October 1st, 2010, 3:01 pm Post #92 - October 1st, 2010, 3:01 pm
    David Hammond wrote:Well, not to defend anyone, but I do think it's questionable to criticize a restaurant (or hot dog stand) that you've never been to. Just as it'd be questionable to criticize a piece of music you've never heard or a painting you've never seen.

    Historical events...well, they're in a different category, don't you think?

    Why? Because there's no video available?

    Unless there's a chance it was doctored, why isn't it fair to draw an opinion of human behavior from audio and video evidence?

    Or what are radio and tv news for?

    From what I've heard and read and seen and been told so far (not just in this thread; the This American Life piece was particularly cringeworthy), without ever having been there, I gather that the nighttime WC experience and the daytime WC experience are as different as, oh, let's say, night and day. The former - from what I've seen and heard - makes me ashamed of some of my fellow humans.

    Again, I freely admit, I haven't been there. I'm presuming the daytime food and the nighttime food are basically the same.

    If the nighttime display of humans behaving very badly is in fact as shameful an example of bad human behavior as I've so far gathered it is, it bothers me to think that anyone on this board would defend the place, no matter how pleasant the daytime food experience may be. I mean, geez... we're living in Chicago ... how far are you willing to go to rationalize a good hot dog?
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #93 - October 1st, 2010, 4:06 pm
    Post #93 - October 1st, 2010, 4:06 pm Post #93 - October 1st, 2010, 4:06 pm
    Some people yelling at each other is shameful?
    Get some perspective.
    7% of Americans live in poverty. That's shameful.
    Chicago has some of the worst schools in the country. That's shameful.
    Mean people at a hot dog place?
    Not shameful.
    Again, I'm just boggled by the fact that people care so much.
  • Post #94 - October 1st, 2010, 4:22 pm
    Post #94 - October 1st, 2010, 4:22 pm Post #94 - October 1st, 2010, 4:22 pm
    DML wrote:Some people yelling at each other is shameful?

    White men - customers - yelling at black women - employees - to lift up their shirts and show their breasts to them? What did you think "chocolate shake" meant? Yes, that's shameful. Do you really not get that?
    Last edited by Katie on October 1st, 2010, 4:53 pm, edited 1 time in total.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #95 - October 1st, 2010, 4:31 pm
    Post #95 - October 1st, 2010, 4:31 pm Post #95 - October 1st, 2010, 4:31 pm
    This place is just different. Maybe unique in all of the US.

    Someday they will close for one reason or another and maybe Portello's will move in.

    Enjoy it while you can (or not).
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #96 - October 1st, 2010, 5:43 pm
    Post #96 - October 1st, 2010, 5:43 pm Post #96 - October 1st, 2010, 5:43 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:Someday they will close for one reason or another and maybe Portello's will move in.


    That will be a sad day indeed!
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #97 - October 1st, 2010, 6:09 pm
    Post #97 - October 1st, 2010, 6:09 pm Post #97 - October 1st, 2010, 6:09 pm
    Yeah, why are people posting about terrifying aspects of a restaurant on a restaurant discussion forum? It clutters up the page in between the panhandler anecdotes.
  • Post #98 - October 1st, 2010, 8:05 pm
    Post #98 - October 1st, 2010, 8:05 pm Post #98 - October 1st, 2010, 8:05 pm
    No one's making anyone eat there. No one is making anyone work there. There are other hot dog stand jobs and other hot dog stands to go to.
  • Post #99 - October 1st, 2010, 8:19 pm
    Post #99 - October 1st, 2010, 8:19 pm Post #99 - October 1st, 2010, 8:19 pm
    Yeah ... as I think some previous posters were implying, jobs are SO easy to get these days. Do you need a ringing red bell to recognize sarcasm? The point is that people who have to work whatever minimum-wage fast-food jobs they can get should not be subjected to the kind of abuse that night-shift WC employees apparently are. Nor, for that matter, should anyone else.

    If the staff there feel exploited by the drunk kids, I'm guessing there wouldn't be chocolate milkshakes for sale.
    Because no one's ever had to do degrading things to feed one's family.
    Thanks for posting that clip, David. I haven't been there in years and never at night, but that was stomach-turning. Painful to watch, I feel for the employees who put up with this in order to care for their families.


    Are there plenty of other hot dog places to go to here in Chicago? God, yes, which was one of my points. If you know what goes on there at night, aren't you ashamed to patronize that business, at any hour of the day or night, when dozens if not hundreds of other options are available to you?

    I truly can't believe I'm getting flakked for defending a woman's right to not have to bare her breasts at work.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #100 - October 1st, 2010, 9:09 pm
    Post #100 - October 1st, 2010, 9:09 pm Post #100 - October 1st, 2010, 9:09 pm
    You presume a great deal to insist that she HAS to do this, can't find any other job or wants to. Have you met her? Have you asked her about this? Do you know that this was someone else's idea to do this versus her own? Or does it matter how she feels about it because NO woman* should be allowed to do this because it's not good for them? Hmmmm....


    * I am, for the record, female :P
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #101 - September 18th, 2015, 9:52 am
    Post #101 - September 18th, 2015, 9:52 am Post #101 - September 18th, 2015, 9:52 am
    The Wiener Circle, Chicago's rudest hot dog stand, is sold

    . . . a group of five local investors who call themselves hot dog obsessives and have grand plans to grow the Wiener Circle brand beyond its Lincoln Park location.

    =R=
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #102 - September 18th, 2015, 9:57 am
    Post #102 - September 18th, 2015, 9:57 am Post #102 - September 18th, 2015, 9:57 am
    Ari Levy said one of the strong traits of The Wiener's Circle is the restaurant as theater, and they hope to leverage that to greater exposure.

    “There’s great comedy that goes on there,” Levy said. “We think that, with help of some great people in the comedy world, we can make that experience so much better.”


    RED FLAG!
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #103 - September 18th, 2015, 12:51 pm
    Post #103 - September 18th, 2015, 12:51 pm Post #103 - September 18th, 2015, 12:51 pm
    I started going there around 1985. All I ever wanted when I went there was a couple of hot dogs and great fries. That whole yelling sideshow at night was so annoying once it started years later.
  • Post #104 - September 18th, 2015, 12:56 pm
    Post #104 - September 18th, 2015, 12:56 pm Post #104 - September 18th, 2015, 12:56 pm
    Ram4 wrote:I started going there around 1985. All I ever wanted when I went there was a couple of hot dogs and great fries. That whole yelling sideshow at night was so annoying once it started years later.


    The verbal abuse doesn't happen during the day. Only at night, once the bars close. By day, Wiener's Circle is one of the better dog/burger stands in town. Hopefully, the quality of the food won't take a hit once the new owners turn it into a sanitized Ed Debevics-like experience.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #105 - September 18th, 2015, 6:03 pm
    Post #105 - September 18th, 2015, 6:03 pm Post #105 - September 18th, 2015, 6:03 pm
    stevez wrote:
    Ari Levy said one of the strong traits of The Wiener's Circle is the restaurant as theater, and they hope to leverage that to greater exposure.

    “There’s great comedy that goes on there,” Levy said. “We think that, with help of some great people in the comedy world, we can make that experience so much better.”


    RED FLAG!


    Betting they'll announce a lease for a location at Navy Pier by year's end...
  • Post #106 - September 18th, 2015, 10:04 pm
    Post #106 - September 18th, 2015, 10:04 pm Post #106 - September 18th, 2015, 10:04 pm
    blipsman wrote:Betting they'll announce a lease for a location at Navy Pier by year's end...


    Okay, that completely depressed me.
    For what we choose is what we are. He should not miss this second opportunity to re-create himself with food. Jim Crace "The Devil's Larder"
  • Post #107 - September 18th, 2015, 10:41 pm
    Post #107 - September 18th, 2015, 10:41 pm Post #107 - September 18th, 2015, 10:41 pm
    stevez wrote:
    Ram4 wrote:I started going there around 1985. All I ever wanted when I went there was a couple of hot dogs and great fries. That whole yelling sideshow at night was so annoying once it started years later.


    The verbal abuse doesn't happen during the day. Only at night, once the bars close. By day, Wiener's Circle is one of the better dog/burger stands in town. Hopefully, the quality of the food won't take a hit once the new owners turn it into a sanitized Ed Debevics-like experience.


    I agree with Steve. I guess I better go get my order of fries with celery salt this week.

    If the new owners can bring back their awesome, and actual frozen dessert drinks that would be awesome.
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #108 - September 19th, 2015, 9:51 am
    Post #108 - September 19th, 2015, 9:51 am Post #108 - September 19th, 2015, 9:51 am
    pairs4life wrote:If the new owners can bring back their awesome, and actual frozen dessert drinks that would be awesome.


    You need to try Snow Dragon Shavery next door to Wiener Circle, I think you'll really like it.
    For what we choose is what we are. He should not miss this second opportunity to re-create himself with food. Jim Crace "The Devil's Larder"
  • Post #109 - September 20th, 2015, 2:21 am
    Post #109 - September 20th, 2015, 2:21 am Post #109 - September 20th, 2015, 2:21 am
    Da Beef wrote:I have decided to give the WC its own launching pad for discussion both good and bad. Hate it or love it it is one of Chicago's most famous and well known hot dog stands and if you don't like it, it isn't because the food is bad.

    Image

    I have stated my opinions elsewhere on the board if you want to know exactly how I feel about it outside of the food. This post is all about the food.

    I hadn't been to WC in at least a year until a few days ago when I stopped by during the day. Nothing has changed food wise its as good as it was when I ate there a few times a week in HS. There were a group of 4 young HS boys, myself and some older regulars from the neighborhood and hospital. It was as mellow as a hot dog stand can get and there were "please" and "thank you" and "your welcomes" being exchanged back and forth. I got a char dog with a cheese fries, I always get my cheese on the side.

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    This is the best hot dog in the city that is not the old depression style (G&J and Jimmy's) One thing they dont do at WC is skimp on toppings, these dogs come loaded with grilled onions or raw, mustard, pickles, sport peppers, relish, tomato, and celery salt. The cheese fries? still my favorite batch of cheese fries in town.

    Then last night when I was standing outside of the bar with my friend while she smoked a cigarette I got rather agitated. Some POS 30 something was walking around with his drunk friends yelling and make a fool of themselves when one said something like "are we going to wieners circle, I need a hot dog and to yell at those (wont repeat it) I need to unload some steam" I offered him the chance to unload that steam on me and told him to yell that at me or someone not behind a counter and see what happens. Well it ended with his friend dragging him away as they both were very scared and shaking and got worried that there designer jackets were going to get ripped apart.

    So that is a peak into the other side of WC. I wont hide anything. Since my dog was so tasty and brought back many a memory I went back last night for a burger and to check the scene on a Thursday night around 1am. It was almost as quiet as my previous visit. The only time there was yelling go on was when I snapped this picture of the grill. I was told "to leave sumtin in that tip jar for that picture" and I told her in a normal toned voice "sweety I have been coming here longer than you have been here, you'll come to learn I always do"

    Image
    The grill is always flaming at WC. This is a slow night, thats 2 dogs and a burger, you can imagine the grill on a night when the line is out the door.

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    Hey, they are the home of the char broiled cheddar burger. If you dont like these then you dont like burgers. One of the best around. OK its not quite as good as Paradise Pup's but its right behind it and a hell of alot closer to me.

    So in defense of the WC, I think it gets a bad rap on this board and other places.

    For every schmuck like that guy I ran into last night there is a neighborhood regular who knows what good Chicago fast food is and goes there to eat great grub and not yell back and forth.

    Its also a straight shot down Clark St. from the downtown area on the bus making it one of the best hot dogs accessible to tourists and visitors.

    Its a great stop during the day if your shopping, visiting the zoo or just enjoying the neighborhood.

    It has GREAT street food and there is parking in back.

    What more do you need? Sure it'll never get a GNR with its reputation for stuff other than the food but those of us that live in the area are sure lucky to have it and its not going anywhere soon.

    Other mentions of WC can be found here, here, here here, here. Thanks a bunch Mhays, Ive been asking around about how I do that and trying to figure it out forever.

    The Wieners Circle
    2622 N Clark St
    Chicago, IL 60614
    (773) 477-7444



    hahaha, reading this first post...you've come a long way Beefy! lol j/k (internet smile) :)
  • Post #110 - September 21st, 2015, 9:17 am
    Post #110 - September 21st, 2015, 9:17 am Post #110 - September 21st, 2015, 9:17 am
    stevez wrote:
    Ram4 wrote:I started going there around 1985. All I ever wanted when I went there was a couple of hot dogs and great fries. That whole yelling sideshow at night was so annoying once it started years later.


    The verbal abuse doesn't happen during the day. Only at night, once the bars close. By day, Wiener's Circle is one of the better dog/burger stands in town. Hopefully, the quality of the food won't take a hit once the new owners turn it into a sanitized Ed Debevics-like experience.

    I know, that's why I said "at night." :wink: I remember for years telling people about Weiner's Circle, but very few people had heard of them. After midnight I've never been offended in there, just annoyed. It's pretty funny sometimes. One memory stands out from November 2009. The band I was in had played a gig at Wise Fools Pub (on Lincoln) and we were packing up after the show. A friend of mine we hired to count people at the door for us to make sure the club wasn't stiffing us and to carry equipment was now totally falling over drunk. It didn't help that the Pub gave him free beer for 5 hours. So now my car is packed up around 2AM and I want to get out of there and eat. But I had to deal with my friend. Suddenly his cousin appears and she takes him to another club, so I am now on my own (gladly). I was debating on a pizza slice next door for a few minutes when she comes back with him - saying the other club they were trying to get into won't allow him in because he's too drunk. So I am stuck with him after all. I should have left! :x I decide to go to Weiner's Circle, but of course I now have to deal with the freakshow. I get my food and watch my friend eat with his head propped against the window shoving his burger and cheddar fries into his mouth with both hands. Normally this would be totally embarrassing, but not at the Weiner's Circle at 2:30AM! :lol: For once I was glad to be there at that time with all the yelling and insanity because of his condition. We managed to make it back to his apartment in Evanston without him puking in my car. The next day he couldn't remember a thing.
  • Post #111 - May 17th, 2016, 9:25 am
    Post #111 - May 17th, 2016, 9:25 am Post #111 - May 17th, 2016, 9:25 am
    Woman hurt at Wieners Circle can sue over unruly atmosphere, court rules

    A woman who suffered broken bones when the notoriously rowdy atmosphere at Wieners Circle got out of hand can sue the North Side hot dog stand for helping to create the unruly ambience in which she was hurt, a state appellate court panel has ruled.

    It [the appellate court panel] added that the restaurant could "properly train its employees not to antagonize customers beyond a certain point, or could hire security to work the late night hours" and said that "where a business ... such as Wieners Circle intentionally creates and knowingly maintains a volatile environment in which the likelihood of injury to its invitees in unreasonably high, it has a duty to protect its invitees or to warn them of the danger."

    =R=
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #112 - May 18th, 2016, 1:55 pm
    Post #112 - May 18th, 2016, 1:55 pm Post #112 - May 18th, 2016, 1:55 pm
    ...sounds good to me.
  • Post #113 - June 26th, 2018, 7:18 am
    Post #113 - June 26th, 2018, 7:18 am Post #113 - June 26th, 2018, 7:18 am
    The Wieners Circle, that Lincoln Park institution known as much for its late-night insults as its hot dogs, may soon have to take its shtick somewhere else.
    The hot dog stand's longtime landlord has hired a broker to sell the Clark Street property and an apartment building next door, potentially setting the stage for a developer to raze the 36-year-old restaurant and put up apartments or condos in its place.

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realesta ... the-market
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #114 - June 18th, 2019, 11:36 am
  • Post #115 - April 14th, 2020, 8:04 pm
    Post #115 - April 14th, 2020, 8:04 pm Post #115 - April 14th, 2020, 8:04 pm
    Wiener's Circle Releases Mock YouTube News Channel:
    https://patch.com/illinois/chicago/wien ... ws-channel
    Widely known as Chicago's most foul-mouthed, late-night restaurant, The Wiener's Circle recently released its first edition of "The Wiener's Circle News," as-told by the hot dog joint's employees.

    Infamous employees like Roberta (Poochie) Jackson share the latest political updates and other employees report on the "shi$$#" Chicago weather and non-existent sports.

    Warning! Profanity and humor follows!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW9FrZVW_oM
  • Post #116 - January 2nd, 2021, 5:42 pm
    Post #116 - January 2nd, 2021, 5:42 pm Post #116 - January 2nd, 2021, 5:42 pm
    From their Twitter feed:

    We’re closing our doors Jan 2...not forever though! WC will reopen with new improvements, but the marquee and staff will remain the same.
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #117 - March 15th, 2021, 5:46 pm
    Post #117 - March 15th, 2021, 5:46 pm Post #117 - March 15th, 2021, 5:46 pm
    When Wiener’s Circle Reopens, the Infamous Hot Dog Stand Will Add a Bar.
    https://chicago.eater.com/2021/3/15/223 ... -dog-stand
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #118 - March 15th, 2021, 8:32 pm
    Post #118 - March 15th, 2021, 8:32 pm Post #118 - March 15th, 2021, 8:32 pm
    Dave148 wrote:When Wiener’s Circle Reopens, the Infamous Hot Dog Stand Will Add a Bar.


    ...So their late night customers can get more drunk?

    Buddy
  • Post #119 - March 23rd, 2021, 8:43 pm
    Post #119 - March 23rd, 2021, 8:43 pm Post #119 - March 23rd, 2021, 8:43 pm
    Dave148 wrote:When Wiener’s Circle Reopens, the Infamous Hot Dog Stand Will Add a Bar.
    https://chicago.eater.com/2021/3/15/223 ... -dog-stand

    Gee, how could this possibly go wrong?

    "In other news, Wiener's Circle presented inspectors with their revised fire safety plan whereby they keep a gasoline can on standby for use in dousing kitchen fires."
  • Post #120 - April 27th, 2021, 9:43 am
    Post #120 - April 27th, 2021, 9:43 am Post #120 - April 27th, 2021, 9:43 am
    The Wieners Circle Wants To Expand Its Patio And Add A Bar Menu, But Neighbors Worry About ‘Late-Night, Rowdy’ Atmosphere
    https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/04/27 ... tmosphere/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard

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