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It has been over a half century since Bob Bailey Senior started Chickie’s at their original location on South Pulaski on Chicago’s southwest side in 1962. It was quite the phenomenon when Chickie’s began selling Vienna Beef hot dogs and their homemade Italian Beef. Now in its third location, Bob’s grandson, Chuck Falco, has opened the latest version of Chickie’s on Roosevelt Road in Hillside.
Keeping with the family tradition, Chuck has perpetuated a modern menu and has even added pizza, soup, and chili to their successful formula. A family-style hot dog stand with great food and friendly smiles has helped Chuck maintain the integrity of The Original Chickie’s long standing name. Now with Chickie’s new location, Vienna Beef has deemed it worthy to once again ‘ring the bell’ for Chickie’s and alert the consumers that a Hall of Famer is in their neighborhood.
The Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame was created to honor hot dog operations that have achieved longevity and developed into true neighborhood landmarks. Vienna Beef is proud to recognize these establishments above all others. Out of thousands of Vienna Beef customers, only 119 have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Now, with their new location and expanded menu, we wish Chuck and the entire Chickie’s family best wishes for continued success.
The Vienna® Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame was created to honor hot dog operations that have achieved longevity and developed into true neighborhood landmarks. We are proud to be able to highlight on these establishments. Out of thousands of Vienna® Beef customers, only 118 have been recognized since 2006. Our 119th addition is Plush Pup in Chicago, Illinois.
It has been four decades since Plush Pup has embraced the scenery on Chicago’s northwest side. Creating a popular neighborhood hot dog stand in a fast moving environment is no small chore. For the past fifteen years, George Bistolis has made it his priority to perpetuate this pleasant home of some of Chicago’s favorite comfort foods. From Vienna® Beef products to their burgers, chicken, and Greek specialties; George and his staff have been the model of consistency for generations of customers that keep coming back.
To George, his customers and staff are his celebrities day in and day out. Some of the staff has even worked at Plush Pup for over thirty years. Quality, cleanliness, and hard work are more than words to George and his folks; they are the foundation of this restaurants continued success. Being open seven days a week and until late nights most days gives people in the area a first class opportunity to check them out.
Now in our 125th year, it’s Vienna® Beef’s turn to acknowledge and thank George Bistolis, his family, and staff for their passion and hard work. We proudly welcome Plush Pup into the Vienna® Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame.
The Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame was created to honor hot dog operations that have achieved longevity and developed into true neighborhood landmarks. We are proud to be able to highlight on these establishments. Out of thousands of Vienna Beef customers, only 117 have been recognized since 2006. Our 118th addition is Wally’s Restaurant in Park Ridge, Illinois.
For the past 40 years, this bustling triangular corner located at Northwest Highway and Oakton Street in Park Ridge has been the home to Wally’s Restaurant. Besides owner Peter Buhelos; his staff, including Kim, Manny, Peggy, Enriquez, Wilfredo, Bill, Mario, Mona and 30 others, are known to many of their large customer base.” Its iconic sign features a big red “W” that looks a lot like an upside down letter of a well known national fast food restaurant. A three stool diner whose original owner was named Wally, became an expanded reality when Gregory Buhelos bought Wally’s and was joined along the way with his two sons, Peter and Gary, established this food service icon. Over these past four decades Wally’s has been a familiar and valuable part of the Park Ridge community, featuring their famous gyros and Vienna Beef hot dogs, as well as many other menu specialties. Wally’s is a favorite of local high school students and also three generations of other community ‘regulars.’ Wally’s is said to be “that nice place with character featuring good food and friendly great service.” Peter is very proud of his entire staff, and that is one of the special qualities that make a true Hall of Fame restaurant pass the test of time. It is that commitment to their food, their staff, their customers and their community.
As Vienna Beef celebrates its 125th anniversary, it’s our turn to acknowledge and congratulate Peter Buhelos, his retired brother Gary Buhelos, the memory of their father Gregory, and the entire staff as we welcome Wally’s Restaurant into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. This award symbolizes loyalty, character, and community and is given to those very special places that have distinguished themselves with those attributes. All of us at Vienna Beef wish Wally’s much continued success in the years to come!
In 2006, Vienna® Beef created an award to honor those unique hot dog operations that have achieved longevity and developed into neighborhood landmarks. Athen’s Gyros has been serving great food to the southwest suburbs since 1975. Pete Kanavos has been serving great gyros along with Vienna® Beef products since he started the food emporium in the Lincoln Mall. Athen’s Gyros has become the go-to place to meet and eat delicious food.
Since the move to Richton Park 25 years ago, Sally Ali and Pepe Rocha have been the faces of the restaurant, along with Pete and Kostas Kanavos. They are very proud of what they serve and how welcoming the community has been. Athen’s, ‘the king of Gyros,’ has been an ongoing supporter of Richton’s Youth Baseball and the Special Olympics to name a few. Over the recent years, Athen’s has been designated “The Best” by Chicago Magazineand many polls by the Daily Southtown who have tagged them as “Best Hot Dog.” Sally says “it’s the consistent good quality and service that has been bringing people back for many years.”
In an era when there is so much change, it is refreshing to see the landmark iconic status the community has felt for Athens Gyros. Now, it’s Vienna’s turn to thank and acknowledge the work that Sally, Pepe, and the Kanavos family has accomplished. We proudly welcome Athens Gyros into the Vienna® Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. From all at Vienna®, we wish Athens Gyros much continued success.
In 2006, Vienna Beef created an award to honor those hot dog operations that have achieved longevity and developed into true neighborhood landmarks. These is proud to highlight on these establishments. Out of thousands of customers, only about 100 have been recognized throughout the past decade. Our latest addition is Lulu’s Hot Dogs in Chicago, Illinois.
Lulu’s Hot Dogs has been serving a variety of menu specialties including Vienna Beef sausages and homemade Italian beef since 1968, when Don Grieco Sr. started this little food emporium on the near southwest side. The neighborhood is often called either University Village, Medical District, or the Tri-Taylor area. Whichever name you prefer to use, Don Jr. and brother Joe have been operating Lulu’s for the past half century.
The business began around the same time that the Vietnam conflict was in high gear. With the Veteran’s Administration and Hospital virtually across the street, Lulu’s has become the community “go-to” place for many men and women who have served our country. Lulu’s is an oasis for good food, warm smiles, and people who care.
Now it’s Vienna’s turn to acknowledge and thank the Grieco brothers and welcome Lulu’s Hot Dogs into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. We are very proud to have been a part of what Joe and Don have accomplished for the past 50 years in which they served their customers.
Sitting on a small triangle, not in Bermuda but the corner of Crawford, Gross Point, and Central in Evanston stands Little Island. It’s sometimes difficult to find the entrance, but once inside Kevin Craig remembers what most regulars order and greets everyone else with a warm smile. Kevin has been at the helm of this neighborhood gem for over 37 years now and has carried on the same quality standards the Siegel family created nearly 55 years ago.
Little Island has been featuring Vienna® Beef hot dogs, polish sausages and more since day one from their extensive menu. They have welcomed many generations of returning fans from all over the area. The presence of this iconic landmark and their 9:30 am to 8:30 pm hours has made almost any mealtime accessible. Kevin is proud to be a part of the neighborhood geography and continues to serve the community with great food, a little conversation, and a lot of nostalgia.
Vienna® Beef is equally as proud to have been part of the Little Island’s menu and landscape for decades. Therefore, it is with great pride that Vienna® welcomes Kevin and the Little Island into the Vienna® Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. From all of us at Vienna® Beef we congratulate Kevin and send best wishes for much continued success.