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October 17, 2018

Our founder, Dick Portillo, is releasing his memoir – Out of the Dog House on November 27th. The book, penned by Portillo with 11-time New York Times best-selling author Don Yaeger, is currently available for purchase on portillos.com and Amazon.com.


In 1963, Dick Portillo opened a simple hot dog stand in Villa Park, Illinois with an initial investment of just $1100. Housed inside a 6 x 12 trailer, the stand had no running water or bathrooms. The stand, serving a short menu of hot dogs, tamales and fries, was appropriately named “The Dog House,” and was soon a hit with locals. Read how he cultivated an iconic brand for his Chicago-style concept that has now grown to over 50 locations across seven states.


Want to meet Dick Portillo and purchase a signed copy of Out of the Dog House?

We will host book signings throughout the month of December at select Chicagoland Portillo’s locations and at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL. Check out the book tour schedule below:

  • December 3: 7pm-9pm at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL
  • December 8: 11am-1pm at Portillo’s Naperville, 1992 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL
  • December 12: 5-7pm at Portillo’s Summit, 5532 S Harlem Ave, Summit, IL
  • December 13: 5-7pm at the original Portillo’s, Villa Park 635 1/2 North Ave, Villa Park, IL

The First 50 guests at the events held at Portillo’s restaurants will receive a complimentary copy of Out of the Dog House and a T-Shirt!

To pre-order Out of the Dog House, please visit Amazon.com.


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