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This Weekend: Hot Dog Fest in Chicago – Aug 11-12

Make plans with family and friends and enjoy the the fifth annual Chicago Hot Dog Fest, which is held on the grounds of the Chicago History Museum overlooking Lincoln Park. The Chicago Hot Dog Fest hits the core of our food-loving city’s love affair with the ubiquitous, multi-faceted, encased meat—the hot dog. Held just steps from the Chicago History Museum, it has all the ingredients of an exceptional summer event. Join us to visit many of the city’s great hot dog vendors who offer both traditional and new, exciting takes on the standard. And of course, grab a cold craft or domestic beer to wash it all down as you head over to the stage to hear the red hot music lineup!


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The Chicago Hot Dog Fest features a music stage, kids’ activity area and vendors selling specialty encased meats. Get a cold craft or domestic beer and line up for Edzo’s, Wiener Takes All and Fatso’s Last Stand dishing out dogs while tunes are delivered by bands like American English, Polkaholics, Catfight, and JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. Speakers opine on subjects such as The Stockyard Saga: When Chicago Ruled the Meatpacking Industry and The Great Meat Debate: Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich? Free admission; purchase food and drinks using Dog Dollars (save up to 20 percent with advance purchase). 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11-12, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Chicago History Museum, Stockton Drive and LaSalle Street, Chicago. Suggested donation $5 or $20 for a family (312) 642-4600 or




The festival is held at Stockton and LaSalle DriveLimited public parking is located one block north of the Museum at Stockton and LaSalle Street. 


The festival is easily accessed via CTA bus routes 22, 36, 73, 72, 151 and 156Visit the CTA website for public transportation information and directions using 1701 N. Stockton Drive, 60614 as your destination.


Accessibility – The Chicago History Museum welcomes all visitors and we are committed to making the Chicago Hot Dog Festival accessible to everyone. Access to the park and entrance to both gates are wheelchair accessible. If you have any inquires, please contact Visitor Services at 312-642-4600 or If you have any questions at the festival, please visit the Chicago History Museum tent located by the South Gate. 




  •  Food and drink are available for purchase using Dog Dollars. Purchase Hot Dog Dollars in advance and save up to 20%!
  • What is a dog dollar?  Treat Dog Dollars as you would normal currency, $20USD = $20 Dog Dollars. Hot dogs range in price from $4 – $8 dog dollars
  • Can I purchase dog dollars at the festival?  Of course, but the discount is only available before the fest begins. Relish these savings and stock up today!


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