Quirky Attraction: The Wieners Circle

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The Wieners Circle
Location: Chicago, Illinois (2622 N Clark)
When to visit: For the authentic experience, go on Friday or Saturday night after midnight
Cost: Around $10 for a meal (an extra $20 for the chocolate shake, and don’t you dare forget the tip!)
Time needed to enjoy: 30-45 minutes
Website: www.wienercircle.net (unofficial)

If you’ve ever gone to a hot dog stand and thought, “This experience would be so much better if only the person taking my order would viciously berate me while serving my food,” then the Wieners Circle in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago is for you.

Visiting the Wieners Circle in Chicago

Oh yes, the Wieners Circle is a Chicago institution. During the day, it’s a normal little hot dog shop, but on weekend late night shifts, it turns into a free-for-all, where profanities are spewed left and right by the sassy women behind the counter and the customers waiting in line. Many customers show up for the abuse because it’s oddly strange and fun. One of my balding friends gets called “Rogaine” by the staff.

Not everyone gets the same level of verbal abuse. I’ve been disappointed I wasn’t yelled at more – all I got was the forceful inquiry, “Where my tip at?!” You can guarantee yourself some insults by not being totally on the ball. When my friend’s order was ready but he didn’t hear his name being called, he was on the receiving end of some screaming: “Hey you, hairy motherfucker in the Members Only jacket, get over here!”

Some customers initiate the abuse by yelling at the servers as soon as they walk in, which leads to a hilarious back-and-forth contest of insults. While the crudeness may not be for everyone, it’s all in good fun.

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The Wieners Circle Chocolate Shake

If you’re feeling really adventurous, for $20 you can order the chocolate shake – and no, it’s not a drink. It involves the large women behind the counter taking their tops off. I have yet to witness one of these, but I hear they’re epic.

The Wieners Circle is the perfect capper to a drunken Chicago late night on the town. Here’s a short sneak peek of what you might expect. Would you visit the Wieners Circle?

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

36 comments on “Quirky Attraction: The Wieners Circle

  1. Haha this sounds crazy! I can’t believe people pay $20 for the privilege of the Chocolate Shake. This is one of those crazy word-of-mouth places where I’ll bet the entertainment is better than the food itself, not always a bad thing 🙂
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  2. When something like this works, it’s an absolute blast. When someone (like the sandwich shop lady in my office building in Singapore) tries it and it doesn’t work, it really doesn’t work.
    I don’t like hotdogs but I’d go to this hotdog stand to listen to the abuse. I like sandwiches but I won’t go near the freak at the sandwich shop!
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    • Oh yes, I wouldn’t stand for that kind of abuse if it wasn’t at a place that specifically markets themselves that way.

  3. Oh my – this sounds like an interesting place for sure! I’m still on the fence as far as it being somewhere I’d actually like to *visit* but I’d definitely like to look inside once in my life. 😉

    Heidi

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