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Michael's Chicago Style Red Hots

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1879 2nd St, Highland Park, IL 60035-3113
+1 847-826-9021
Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon 10:30 - 20:00
Thu 10:30 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 19:30
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Chicago, Illinois
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2,603 reviews
1,435 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,678 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ever since I began writing restaurant reviews for Tripadvisor, I've blinked every time I read someone else's review that criticizes a restaurant's decor. What's more important, the color on the wall or the taste of the food? Why do you choose one restaurant over another? Michael's Chicago-Style Red Hots has undergone some renovation since it originally opened in 1977. Located... More 

1 Thank Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
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96 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is great. Everyone from Highland Park has been here before. They just remodeled it so it looks very nice now. I come here very often.

Thank Zach S
Highland Park, Illinois
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

Title says it all , been going here for over 35 years.. Alway good , all the time. If not into burgers or hot dogs try their terriyaki chicken sandwich ,, very good and excellent shakes too

Thank dpint1300
Highland Park, Illinois
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Like many locals who have frequented Michael's for years, I was looking forward to the remodeling of the stuck in the nineties restaurant. Well.... their intentions may have been good but, in actual day to day functioning, confusing, frustrating and their prices have gone up! As you enter the restaurant, you're not sure if you should go straight if you're... More 

Thank PamDSapphireSky
Management response:

PamDSapphireSky- Good afternoon! Thank you for being a loyal customer of Michael’s. We appreciate your business, and your feedback! As you discovered during your recent visit, we completed a major renovation this summer at Michael’s. We renovated our operations at the same time. Our goal is to get your food to you more efficiently, and with a significantly shorter wait... More 

Northampton, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

I recently visited Chicago with three things on my itinerary: romance, sightseeing, and sampling some of Chicago's world-famous hot dogs. The first two having been checked off my list, I ventured to Michael's after hearing about their renowned Chicago-style dogs. I was not disappointed! Michael's has a good-sized selection of dogs and toppings that would be more than adequate for... More 

Thank The-Count-of-Tuscany
Deerfield, Illinois
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147 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

I haven't been here in a while. It is usually so busy that it sometimes causes me to not go in. This evening, it was at a slow moment so we went in. We could not decide what to eat, there were so many good choices from Hot Dog to Burger to Italian Beef to baked potatoes with all the... More 

Thank RJK_Chicago
Chicago's North Shore, Illinois
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

We go here sometimes and the food is good. We don't eat meat, but their salads, potatoes, and tuna steaks are good. They specialize in hot dogs which I heard were food, but can't talk from experience. Overall, this is a pretty good restaurant.

Thank Maxwell G
Vernon Hills, Illinois
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

One of the last decent kosher style hot dog places in highland park, Good dog's and sandwhiches. Happy employees and good service. Decent fries

Thank niceguyfromchi
Chicago, Illinois
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74 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

A delight for anyone who loves hot dogs, french fries, and steak sandwiches.For the health conscious great chopped salads. Great for families with any age children.

Thank Sparky399
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We love this place..the kids get buffalo burgers and perfect fries and we usually get the skirt steak. We've eaten at most of the well known restaurants in the city and HP...but no one makes a better skirt steak. My daughter has celiac and must be hluyen free (no wheat)..so we were thrilled they are going to have a dedicated... More 

Thank Karine B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 19:30
10:30 - 19:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1879 2nd St, Highland Park, IL 60035-3113
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Highland Park
  • Phone Number: +1 847-826-9021
We've been serving the community for over 40 years. We recently renovated and offer accommodations for private events 7 days a week. We are open for lunch & dinner and serve beer, wine & signature cocktails everyday, all day! Our space and menu and kid and family friendly and our large menu offers options from everyone. Gluten-free options are available!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?