Encased Meats Reign at Chicago Hot Dog Fest

Celebrate all types of encased meat at the Chicago History Museum's Chicago Hot Dog Fest.

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Celebrate all types of encased meat at the Chicago History Museum’s Chicago Hot Dog Fest.

The Chicago-style hot dog is the star of this family friendly festival, but get to know other styles along with a little history from speakers, fun from live bands, and activities for children all across three days.

Byron’s Hot Dogs, Flashy Hot Dogs, Fatso’s Last Stand, Frank Meats Patty, Dog House Grill, Cooker’s Red Hots, and more will be providing their best hot dogs. Food and drinks are available for purchase using Dog Dollars. One normal dollar equals one Dog Dollar but you can purchase them at a 20-percent discount in advance. Hot dogs range from four to eight Dog Dollars.

Grab your dogs and enjoy them while listening to some experts on the history of Chicago’s relationship with the hot dog. Bob Schwartz, author of “Never Put Ketchup on a Hot Dog,” will be discussing the people behind Chicago’s hot dog stands. Learn about how Superdawg created the hot dog emoji. In addition, get passed the myths of our favorite encased meats with a lecture from Janet ‘Queen of Wien’ Riley and Dr. Jeff Sindelar about what is inside our hot dogs.

Dance off some of the extra pounds with bands American English, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Catfight, and more.

Kids can enjoy face painting, rides, crafts, inflatables, and more while they scarf down their food.

Chicago Hot Dog Fest takes place Aug. 5–7 at Clark Street and LaSalle Drive just next to the Chicago History Museum. Admission is free. For tickets and more information visit chicagohotdogfest.com


Written By Joel Mora

Joel Mora is editor at Concierge Preferred. Born and raised in Miami, Fl., Joel has slowly ate, drank, and explored his way up north refining all his senses to prepare for the stampede of delicious dining, notorious nightlife, stellar shopping, and captivating culture that calls Chicago home. In the wild he’ll be the red-bearded Cuban with a Lagunitas IPA in his hand.

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