It really is amazing how the longevity of so many Chicago hot dog places have influenced and been an integral part of neighborhood culture and growth over the years. One of the best examples of this phenomenon is George’s Hot Dogs in the center of what is now Chicago’s Bucktown community. Since 1948, George’s has been an iconic stand serving up hot dogs and other menu specialties to multiple generations of friendly customers.
George’s Hot Dogs is a fourth-generation family owned and operated business led by Vasillios Kotopoulis, George, Mary, and now Tasso Ziamparas and Ilioula Papanos. George’s has had many awards and accolades over the years like “Best Hot Dog,” “Best Gyros,” and their Greek Squeeze sandwich has been voted one of the “40 Sandwiches You Should Eat Before You Die,” by Thrillist. Their Grecian Chicken, salads with homemade dressings and sauces have been well-received menu additions. They have also been featured on ABC, WGN News, Crain’s Chicago Business and the Chicago Tribune Red Eye. George’s Hot Dogs has participated for decades in sponsorships and support for local community schools, church and the City of Chicago. The Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame was created to honor hot dog operations that have achieved longevity and developed into neighborhood landmarks.
Out of thousands of Vienna Beef customers over the years, we have recognized 130 nationwide since the award was inaugurated in 2006. We are extremely proud to welcome George’s Hot Dogs as the 131st recipient. Congratulations to Vasillios, George, Mary, Tasso, and the entire family and staff who built this 70-year-old iconic landmark as an important part of the Chicago landscape.