Chicago Losing A Well-Known Hot Dog Stand: Murphy’s Red Hots To Close After More Than 30 Years

Bernie Tafoya
August 09, 2018 - 11:28 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A North Side hot dog stand that’s been around since the ‘80s will be soon closing for good.

Murphy’s Red Hots, located in a little storefront in the in the 1200 block of West Belmont, has been in the Lakeview neighborhood for more than 30 years. 

The signs in the window read, "Thank You Chicago For More Than 3 Decades Of Support And Friendship. After more than 30 years it’s time for a long vacation. Last Day of Service August 18th."

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A week from Saturday the final dogs will be sold and the shop will be closing.

"It's an institution, you know, and it's a great for the neighborhood and it will be missed," said George Bickford.

Bickford said the closing of Murphy’s Red Hots will be a loss for the Lakeview neighborhood.

Molly Anderson said she has only eaten at Murphy's once, but calls it a staple in the community.

"It's too bad. I think that's sad. I should have gone more," she said.

Owner Bill Murphy tells the Tribune he has sold the building and that in its place will be condos, to which George Bickford said, "it’s probably going to be one of those ugly three or four flat condos come in here, but it is what it is."

Bill Murphy said it’s been a long run of 30 years and that life is short and it’s a matter of how he wants to spend the next 30 years.