Chicago Hot Dogs – I think I’ll stick to their pizza

Wrigley FieldOn June 11th, I met up with my little brother in Chicago and we went out for Chicago style pizza, as I mentioned in my previous post. What I neglected to tell you was why he was there in the first place. He and one of his good friends decided to make a series of baseball stadium pilgrimages this summer and part of their journey happened to bring them to Chicago at the same time I was attending a conference. They kindly let me tag along to the Cubs game that evening and we watched a riveting game where Kosuke Fukudome hit a three run homer in the first inning, Alfonso Soriano was hit with a pitch by Jeff Bennett of the Braves in the second inning, and the Cubs went on to win it 7 runs to 2. (Check out their travels at

Chicago DogAnd what’s a trip to the ball park without a hot dog? I figured if there was anyplace to try a Chicago Hot Dog, it was definitely at Wrigley Field. I mean, it’s the great American pastime, so they surely would be featuring real Chicago food, right? During the top of the sixth, I hopped up and went down to the concession stand to pick up a couple of Chicago Dogs. I asked the guy at the counter what goes on an authentic Chicago hot dog and gesturing to the condiment stand, he said “everything EXCEPT the ketchup.” So I loaded up my all beef hot dog with everything they had out, except the ketchup, which really wasn’t much…just mustard, pickle relish, and sauteed onions, all on a poppy seed bun. Honestly, it looked pretty pitiful for the grandiose song and story I’d been told about these.

All in all it tasted fine, but really…it was just a boring hot dog, just like I’ve had a thousand times. Verdict? If this was a “real” Chicago Hot Dog, they were uber lame. If it’s not a real Chicago Hot Dog, someone please get me one to review, because as good as the Cubbies were, their stadium food left a lot to be desired.


  1. Leave it to a ballpark to screw up a potentially great experience. Here is an awesome site ( with the 411 on the definitive Chicago Dog – I need some Chicago folks to give us the names of the stands that they recommend.

  2. BYRONS!!! And if you were at Wrigley, you were RIGHT by one of them. 🙂 We'll go next time you are in town. I am a HUGE fan of hot dogs. That one up there, doesn't look that good. There's even Superdawg, which is an awesome institution and one of the top 1000 places to see before you die, and has also been on Food Network. They make their own relish. I'll take you guys there too.

  3. I am so dying to go on a total “foodie-bender” in Chicago with you catango 🙂 I think it's time to consult the tradeshow calendar….

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