Hot Doug Returns for Dog Dayz of Summer Festival


Those longing for just one more taste of Hot Doug’s encased meats and duck fat fries are in luck as owner and hot dog aficionado Doug Sohn is bringing back his famed stand this weekend only.

The stand’s super fans and hot dog lovers alike can find Sohn and his dogs at the Dog Dayz of Summer, a festival hosted by Sohn along with Goose Island Brewery this Saturday and Sunday. Festival goers will have their choice of craft beers to wash down their encased meats with, ranging from Matilda and 312 Urban Wheat to Blue Line and Green Line.

Along with dogs and the suds to wash them down, the event will also feature live music featuring bands such as Freakwater and Bare Mutants.

As he was at his encased meats emporium in Avondale, Sohn is the main attraction. Each session will feature a “Dog Dayz Discussions w/Doug.” Saturday’s first session will feature Sohn talking with David Manilow, the creator and executive producer of WTTW’s famed “Check, Please!” program, while the second session’s discussion will feature Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick.

Sunday’s first discussion session features Sohn talking with Senior Vice President of Vienna Beef Bob Schwartz, who authored the book “Never Put Ketchup on a Hot Dog.” The second session will feature Daniel Gerzina, senior editor of Eater.

Sohn closed his famous sausage superstore last October after more than a decade in business despite being as popular as ever. Lines often stretched around the block with people coming from far and wide to try his delicious creations.

Tickets for each three hour session are $75, which will get you five tickets for beer and access to unlimited amount of dogs, which will come in sample sizes. Perhaps the best part, there will be no hours-long line to wait in. Tickets will be sold up to an hour before the event starts and are will call only.

Sessions will go from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. June 27 and 28, with the festival taking place at the Goose Island Barrel Warehouse at 605 N. Sacramento Blvd. in Humboldt Park. While the site is nudged between Metra tracks, driving is the best mode of transportation. For more information, visit

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