The Weiner City; Chicago’s Hot Dog Festival


Written by Dustin Ford

If there is one Chicagoans know, it’s a good hotdog. The Chicago Hot Dog is one of the most iconic in the world. Each year the good people of Chicago come together to celebrate their famous dog. From August 9th through the 11th the 7th annual Chicago Hot Dog Festival will be held outside the Chicago History Museum. There is no entry fee, but there is a $5 suggested donation that goes straight to the Chicago History Museum. As you would expect there are plenty of different hot dog creations on display, but there are also other food and activities to enjoy.

The Food

Some of Chicago’s favorite hot dog vendors, such as Byron’s Hot Dogs, Chicago’s Doghouse, Lola’s Coney Island, Guac Dog, and Cela’s Boricua will be setting up shop at the Festival. Each with its own interpretation of the Red Hot. In addition to hot dogs, you can also expect handcrafted yogurt from Yoberri, finger-licking BBQ from Ribs1, and down-home cooking from Luella’s Gospel Bird. You can find a full list of confirmed vendors here.

The Music

This year’s line up has a little bit of everything. There are the upbeat eastern jams of India, wild samba, classic rock & rock, dreamy Boy Bands, mariachi, and the ever-popular country music. There are also several other live events besides music at this event, such as the Jesse White Tumblers. You can check out the complete schedule for live performances here.


Besides having plenty of gramable moments, there will also be a bunch of different games and children’s activities set up. There are enough inflatable obstacles courses to keep the kids busy for hours. Since this event is put on by the Chicago History Museum you can expect to learn quite a lot about the Red Hot and its impact on the city. There will be plenty of things to do that weekend; we’ll see you there.

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