Chicago Hot Dog Fest

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Celebrate the City’s Favorite Food with the Chicago History Museum


Take a bite out of Chicago history at the fifth annual Chicago Hot Dog Fest, presented by the Chicago History Museum. The Fest returns to Lincoln Park this August to include a full lineup of bands, hot dog history speakers and the star of the event - Vienna Beef hot dogs prepared in various regional and ethnic styles by the city’s top hot dog vendors.



The Chicago-style hot dog is second to none – celebrating over 100 years as a much loved and celebrated part of Chicago’s local cuisine. The Chicago Hot Dog Fest celebrates its fifth year becoming the largest festival in the world to honor the red hot.


More than 30,000 people attend to relish the interesting twists and unique red hot recipes from more than a dozen vendors, who are serving up both traditional and new, exciting takes on the standard. With more than 35,000 hot dogs served each year – there’s something on the menu for everyone.


While fans fill up on mouthwatering encased meats, cold beer and decadent desserts, a tasty lineup of local and touring bands will take the Main Stage to keep the party moving. Hot dog historians, epicureans and authors will provide fascinating fun facts and stimulating presentations on the Speaker Stage, while family-friendly performances entertain the youngsters throughout the weekend. Be sure to bring your dog too for a visit at the Pup Tent where they can cool off and grab a treat.


Take a bite out of history at the fifth annual Chicago Hot Dog Fest, presented by the Chicago History Museum.



Friday, August 11, 2017 – 11AM to 9PM
Saturday, August 12, 2017 – 11AM to 9PM
Sunday, August 13, 2017 – 11AM to 9PM



Lincoln Park, 1701 N. Stockton Dr. (at LaSalle Dr..), Chicago, IL 60614



FREE ($5 Suggested Gate Donation Requested)



Proceeds from the Hot Dog Festival fund educational programming at the Chicago History Museum, bringing the power and perspectives of Chicago history to students from across the city.








The Chicago History Museum, a major museum and research center for Chicago and American history, is located at 1601 N. Clark Street. The Museum can be reached by CTA buses 22, 36, 72, 73, 151, and 156. Parking is conveniently located one block north of the Museum at Clark and LaSalle Streets (enter on Stockton Drive). Admission includes our audio tours: $16 adults, $14 seniors/students, free for children 12 years and younger. Please call 312-642-4600 or visit us at To learn more follow us on Facebook and Twitter. The Chicago History Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago.  The Chicago History Museum is a 2016 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest award given to these institutions for their community engagement and having an impact on the lives of individuals, families, and communities. 

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1701 N. Stockton Dr.
Chicago, IL 60618


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