After 22 years in business, Chicago Dog has closed permanently
Des Moines fans of Chicago-style hog dogs have lost a go-to spot for the Windy City's second-most famous food export.
Chicago Dog, located at 2314 University Ave. in the Drake neighborhood, has closed permanently.
The restaurant made the announcement Monday on its Facebook page. "Thank you to all of you who have supported us," it reads.
Originally named Chicago Dog and Deli, the restaurant opened in 1997 in the Kaleidoscope at the Hub mall in downtown Des Moines.
Chicago Dog served classic all-beef Chicago dogs with mustard, relish, onion, tomato, sport peppers, pickle spear and celery salt on a poppy seed bun — along with plenty of other items like fried pickles and gyros.
The restaurant changed owners and locations several times over the years. The Drake location opened in November 2017. It was owned by Lisa Keena of Waukee.