I know VI asked us to describe the hot dog joint nearest us, but the one probably closet is perhaps the most vile place I know I think its called Carloss gyros across from Evanston township H.S. at Church & Dodge. Do not be fooled by the sign that mentions pambazos they dont exist nor does any passable food.
Instead Ill focus on Bills cause I stopped by Sunday and its reasonably close. Ive mentioned Bills a couple of times and I think Mike G. has as well. Bills has also been in a couple of documentaries about hot dogs Ive seen on PBS. I think because it dates back to 1949 (perhaps the oldest restaurant in Evanston) and is in a very cool old building. They use Leons skinless which Im dont really like, toppings are: mustard, relish, tomatoes, pickle, onion, celery salt, sport peppers. Buns are Rosens. Ketchup is not standard in the with everything order. They go heavy on the celery salt, which I like, and the tomatoes at least as of Sunday are pretty decent. You can also get 50s style hamburgers from single to quad - which are pretty damn tasty with grilled and raw onions. (unlike the other toppings you have to specify grilled onions when ordering). Fries are fresh cut, with, for me, the perfect amount of salt. If the dogs were just a little bit better Id be there quite a bit.
Bills is on Western just north of Howard (Western changes to Asbury in Evanston)
120 N Asbury, Evanston