CHICAGO — Late night eaters are going to have to find a new all-night hot dog stand on the Near West Side.
As of Friday night, Jim’s Original — famous for its Maxwell Street Polish sausages — is being forced to close down between 1 and 6 a.m daily. For the first time in its history, the stand will not be open around the clock.
Jim’s owners say their landlord, the University of Illinois at Chicago, dictated the new rules in order to cut back on neighborhood crime. They estimate the stand, located at 1250 S. Union Ave., does between 15 to 20 percent of its business during those early morning hours.
Manager Betty Domagala has been working for 27 years and believes crime in the city is an issue, but says Jim’s has their situation covered.
“We have security at night. We have two security guards at night to make sure our customers are safe,” Domagala said. “I think it’s unfair.”
The Chicago institution has fed hungry diners for more than 80 years.