The traditional Chicago-style Vienna hot dog comes “dragged through the garden,” but there are always new purveyors ready to shake things up with gourmet sausages and inventive toppings. The only rule is that ketchup is reserved exclusively for fries and young children who don’t know any better.
In this edition of Eater Chicago’s map of the city’s best wieners, there’s a glaring omission: Big Guys Sausage Stand. The shop, located in suburban Berwyn has temporarily closed. Owner Brendan O’Connor has warned that a variety of challenges (pandemic related and personal), may lead to the permanent closure of one of the Chicago area’s top hot dog shops. As is the depressing custom in the restaurant world, Big Guys has launched an online fundraising page for customers to help.
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