Express Grill

Hot Dogs, American
1260 S Union St (at Maxwell St)
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 738-2112
9:00am - 10:00pm
9:00am - 10:00pm
9:00am - 10:00pm
9:00am - 10:00pm
9:00am - 10:00pm
9:00am - 10:00pm
9:00am - 10:00pm

In the '50s, relative Tom Lazerevski opened a similar stand to Jim’s Original nearby called Express Grill. That may seem strange. Stranger, they were moved twice due to a University of Illinois at Chicago expansion: in 2001 and 2005. It’s hard to describe why and how these two places and their proximity to each other near the corner of Union Avenue and James Rochford Streets make sense, other than to say there’s an old-school kinship in place and preparation. At Express, the hot dog setup is similar to Jim’s. There’s that free bag of mushy fries (that’s not without its charm), and a dog on a bun bare of poppy seeds, that’s topped with grilled onions and mustard. There’s still a snap, but perhaps a bit less than at Jim’s, but when it comes to separating these two places, it’s really about splitting hairs, or how your allegiance formed. — Arthur Bovino, Chicago's 29 Best Hot Dogs, 7/22/2013



  • Chicken sandwich with cheese.
  • Making a Chicago-style hot dog, with all its requisite toppings, is also known as "dragging it through the garden".
  • Be prepared to wait a while for what you order....
  • Speedy service. Know what you want when you get to the window, don't waste their time.
  • Possibly some of the most delicious food that noone should ever eat.
  • Ice cream best
  • Best place for a cheap lunch, or after clubbing snack!
  • Delicious delicious delicious besides the overly greasy fries.....totally see why they are free with anything you order.....drove home to Romeoville and food was still warm when I got there!
  • Be sure to ask them to grill your Hot Dog.
  • Have to get a hot dog with grilled onions, sports peppers, and of course an RC
  • Be prepared to wait a while for whatever you order...
  • Make sure to get a beef polish. I love this place!
  • Polish sausage
  • Cheese fries & fish sandwich. On point. I'm drooling just thinking about it!
  • thumbs up for the pork chop sandwich!
  • These people are stupid nice.
  • Best fucking hot dogs
  • Got 2 lov there polish with hot peppers
  • Credit cards NOW accepted!

Nearby places

1250 S Union Ave (at James M Rochford St)
1011 S Delano Ct E (at W Roosevelt Rd)
100 W Ontario St (at Clark St)