Chicago Bobs: Fountain Hills’ Hot Dogs with a Heart

"Chicago Bob" Nabasny with Bruce Laessig of Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate and one of the basketballs to be donated to the local Boys and Girls Club

When Fountain Hills Restauranteur Bob Nabasny opened Chicago Bob’s last year, it was more than his love of the restaurant business that motivated him.  When you stop by Chicago Bob’s, located at the Circle K Shopping Center at Shea and Saguaro Boulevards, one of the first things you’ll notice is the famous “pickle barrel.”  From this humble vessel, the community and Bob have been able to support some pretty lofty philanthropic needs.  And, true to the nature of Fountain Hills, the giving just keeps getting better.

“Last year, the high schools kids needed money to support the Homecoming Parade,” says Bob, with his native Chicago emphasis.  “They lost their sponsor at the last minute, and we were able to kick in $330 to help them.”

(As one of those who love Fountain Hills’ tradition of a Homecoming Parade, I am very grateful the kids didn’t have to call off that hometown exhibition of pride and camaraderie.)

Chicago Bob’s has also been able to donate $400 to Wednesdays Riding For Kids by H.O.G. Chapter 93, a Phoenix motorcycle group made up of several hundred riders who weekly choose a worthy cause, then ride to collect donations from businesses around the state.

Nabasny has built over a dozen restaurants in the past 30 years, while he was raising his family and simultaneously serving as one of the Valley’s leading mortgage loan officers.  Along the way, he has always been one of thefirst to step forward to help a worthy cause and give back to his community.

The Famous Pickel Barrel at Chicago Bobs

Check out Chicago Bob’s.  The food is good, especially if you crave a taste of a real Chicago hot dog.  You’ll generally see Bob behind the cashier, handling custom made orders of broasted chicken, tasty hamburgers, specialty dogs, sausages and Italian Beef.  Order on-line at or call ahead at 480-816-3651.  They also have free wi-fi, if you need a quick place to catch up on messages.

And, when you’re there, don’t forget to donate to the pickle barrel!

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