Chicago, the sausage capital of America, keeps on offering a smattering of wonderful new spots serving traditional Chicago-style hot dogs dragged through the garden, as well as gourmet spots with inventive toppings. As always, the ketchup is only for the fries and young children who don’t know better.
The classic Chicago preparation includes these toppings: yellow mustard, white onions (raw or grilled), green relish, tomatoes, celery salt, and sport peppers. Sometimes it’s challenging to differentiate Chicago dogs from one another. Most use Vienna Beef products and similar buns. The following hot dog slingers offer more thanks to longevity, proprietary encased meats, and just friendly surroundings. Yes, some may even allow that aforementioned red stuff to complement your sausage.
For the 2021 edition, Wiener’s Circle drops off as the hot dog stand remains closed so it can add a bar; Morrie O’Malley’s was removed for fresh blood. There are two new additions: Bronzeville sensation Hot Dog Box and one of the city’s oldest stands, Dave’s Red Hots.
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As of June 11, Chicago restaurants have fully reopened and the city has lifted restrictions on capacity, masking, and social distancing. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following safety guidelines. The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is available here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Find a local vaccination site here.Read More