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Chicago Hot Dog Fest Returns to Lincoln Park


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

Take a bite out of Chicago history at the sixth annual Chicago Hot Dog Fest, presented by the Chicago History Museum. The Chicago-style hot dog is a quintessential part of Chicago’s storied history – celebrating its premiere at the 1893 World’s Fair 125 years ago, shared by our lead sponsor Vienna® Beef.

The three-day family-friendly celebration takes place Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, August 12 from 11 am to 8 p.m., at the corner of Stockton and LaSalle Dr. just steps away from the Chicago History Museum.

The hot dog lineup includes iconic hot dog restaurants Byron’s Hot Dogs, Frannie’s Beef and Catering, Chicago’s Dog House, America’s Dog and Burger, Dear Franks and many more cooking up their versions on the classic Chicago dog.

Can you name all seven ingredients on a Chicago-style hot dog? You’ll learn this and more at the Fest’s Speakers’ Stage which welcomes hot dog historians and plain old historians for talks on the city’s history. Hear from Museum experts as they walk audiences through topics like the 1893 World’s Fair and Chicago’s baseball history.

While fans enjoy hot dogs (without ketchup – of course!), cold beer and decadent dessert, their feet will start tapping as local and touring bands keep the party moving all weekend long on the Main Stage. The Fest welcomes headliners Hairbanger’s Ball on Friday, Billy Branch and The Sons of Blues Band on Saturday and Trippin’ Billies on Sunday.

Visit for an up-to-date lineup of vendors, music, speakers and special notices.

Fest admission is a suggested $5 donation per person and $20 per family. Proceeds benefit the Chicago History Museum and support the care and preservation of more than 23 million objects, images and documents; free visits to the museum for over 60,000 school kids each year; and exhibitions and programs on the city’s history.

Tickets for food, alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold individually at the Fest. Purchase tickets in advance to save up to 20 percent. Advance ticket sales close Thursday, August 9. For more information please visit or call 312-642-4600.

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 situated on ancestral homelands of the Potawatomi people, who cared for the land until forced out by non-Native settlers. Established in 1856, the Museum is now at 1601 N. Clark Street in Lincoln Park, its third location. As a major museum and research center for Chicago and U.S. history, the Chicago History Museum strives to be a destination for learning, inspiration and civic engagement. Through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming, the Museum connects people to Chicago’s history and to each other. To share Chicago stories, the Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents, images and other items that are relevant to the city’s history. The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. 

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