Eat up at the Chicago Hot Dog Fest

CHICAGO (WLS) -- One of Chicago's signature dishes will be on full display August 5-7, 2016 for the 4th Annual Chicago Hot Dog Fest. The event is presented by the Chicago History Museum in Lincoln Park. You can try the classic Chicago-style hot dog from vendors Byron's Hot Dogs, Flashy Hot Dogs, Fatso's Last Stand, Frank Meats Patty and many more.

As well as trying several different hot dogs, the three-day family friendly celebration also brings bands and hot dog historians to share the history of the local cuisine. Families and kids are also invited to celebrate with craft activities, rides, face-painting and kid-friendly musical entertainment. Russell Lewis, Chief Historian at the Chicago History Museum, and Robert Magiet, the owner of Fatso's Last Stand, joined ABC 7 Eyewitness News to talk about the Chicago Hot Dog Fest, and to show how to create your own Chicago-style hot dog at home.

Chicago Hot Dog Fest
Date: August 5 - 7
Hours: Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Address: Clark & LaSalle (Across the street from the Chicago History Museum)
Admission/Ticket Prices: FREE; dog dollars are for purchase available at and at the Fest


Char Dog (and Cheddar Char Dog) Recipe

Hot Dogs
Poppy Seed Bun
Cheddar (for Cheddar Dogs)
Toppings: Yellow Mustard, Relish, Onions, Pickles, Sport Pepper, Tomatoes, Celery Salt

1.Score the hot dogs (cut the tips off of them before cooking them, so they open up)
2. Place the hot dogs on the grill
3. Cook until there are char marks on the hot dog
4. Once charred place the hot dog into a poppy seed hot dog bun
5. If Cheddar: Put cheddar cheese on the hot dog bun
6. Prepare them Chicago Style (yellow mustard, relish, onions, pickles, sport pepper, tomatoes, and celery salt)
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