Out of the Dog House

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In 1963, Dick Portillo purchased a 12-foot trailer with no running water and opened a simple hot dog stand in Villa Park, Illinois. He called it "The Dog House." More than 50 years and 50 locations later, his namesake Portillo's restaurants are a Windy City institution, famous for perfect, Chicago-style dogs. In Out of The Dog House, Portillo tells the incredible story of his life, sharing the ingenuity and hard-earned wisdom that went into building a beloved restaurant chain. From a modest childhood as the son of Greek and Mexican immigrants, to the core principles that became essential in growing a national business, this is a singular, at times surprising, tale of how one man crafted his own American dream, one hot dog at a time.


Dick Portillo is the founder of the iconic Portillo's restaurant chain, which serves its famous Chicago-style hot dogs in over 53 locations nationwide.

An 11-time New York Times best-selling author, Don Yaeger is an award-winning certified speaking professional, executive coach, and team culture expert. He is a contributor to Forbes and a former editor of Sports Illustrated.