Let’s Be Frank

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, and benefitting, 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 our red hot lineup!

Purchase Discounted Dog Dollars
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Meat the Bands

Friday

  1. Foolhouse 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  2. Polkaholics 1:00 - 2:15 pm
  3. R Gang 2:45 - 4:00 pm
  4. Run Forrest Run 4:30 - 6:00 pm
  5. American English 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Saturday

  1. Three Beards 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Gussied 12:30 - 2:00 pm
  3. Roots Rock Society 2:30 - 4:00 pm
  4. Funkadesi 4:30 - 6:00 pm
  5. JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Sunday

  1. School of Rock 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
  2. Stardust Big Band 12:45 - 1:45 pm
  3. Frozen Ground Blues Band 2:15 - 3:15 pm
  4. Guitarra Azul 4:00 - 5:30 pm
  5. Catfight 6:00 - 7:00 pm

How Does It Work?

The festival features FREE admission, live music and games. 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! 
Purchase Discounted Dog Dollars

Discount Packages

  • Chicago Hot Dog Fest - Children
  • Chicago Hot Dog Fest - Children
  • Chicago Hot Dog Fest - Children
  • Chicago Hot Dog Fest - Children

Made for Mini-Dogs

This ultimate picnic is great for hot dog fans of all ages! Visit the family fun tent, filled with great activities, games, rides and entertainment to keep your little ones wagging their tails. Head on over for great family fun including:

  • Face painting
  • Games
  • Inflatables
  • Crafts
  • Rides
  • Prizes
  • And more!

Meat the Speakers

Friday

12:00pm Laura Doherty
Acoustically rockin’ your kids world! The Hot Dog Song and more!
1:00pm Jennifer ‘Mustard Girl’ Connor
Starting a Mustard Movement
2:00pm Peter Alter
Dogs, Diamonds, Wieners and Losers: Baseball in Chicago
3:00pm Russell Lewis
The Stockyard Saga: When Chicago Ruled the Meatpacking Industry
4:00pm Peter Alter VS. Janet ‘Queen of Wien’ Riley
The Great Meat Debate: Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?
5:00pm Laura Ustick
How Superdawg Made the Hot Dog Emoji Happen

Saturday

12:00pm Laura Doherty
Acoustically rockin’ your kids world! The Hot Dog Song and more!
1:00pm Joy Bivins
The Best Fest: Chicago World’s Fair
2:00pm Mark Reitman of Hot Dog University
Nation’s College of Encased Meat Knowledge
3:00pm Janet ‘Queen of Wien’ Riley and Dr. Jeff Sindelar
What’s in My Hot Dog? A Discussion of Common Hot Dog Myths
5:00pm Jenny Pfafflin (JP)
Franks N’ Foam: Pairing Hot Dogs with Beer

Sunday

12:00pm Laura Doherty
Acoustically rockin’ your kids world! The Hot Dog Song and more!
1:00pm Rich Bowen
Chicago, What a Wienerful World!
2:00pm Petra Slinkard
BBQ Dressing: Fashion’s Move to the Backyard
3:00pm Rich Bowen, Bob Schwartz
Expert Panel: Never Put Ketchup on Your Chicago Hot Dog
4:00pm Bob Schwartz
The Passion and People Behind Chicago’s Hot Dog Stands
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Location & Parking

The festival is held at Stockton and LaSalle Drive. Limited 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 156. Visit the CTA website for public transportation information and directions.

Our Sponsors

  1. Lead Sponsor

    Vienna Beef
  2. Presented by

    Chicago History Museum
  3. Produced by

    Special Events Management
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We have a number of sponsorship opportunities available. Please download our sponsorship kit for more information.

Special Thanks

CPD

The Chicago History Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago.