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Relishing Chicago’s 10 funniest hot-dog joints

Chicago hot dog beauty shot ©2010 by Leah A. Zeldes
Part 10 of a series in honor of National Hot Dog Month.

Every neighborhood in Chicagoland has a hot-dog stand, a gyros place or an Italian beef joint. Often, the menus aren’t much different from one to the next — typically encompassing all three Chicago favorites.

So how do you tell which is which? By the sign outside!

It’s the hot doggers who have the funniest names.

As we bid farewell to National Hot Dog Month, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite restaurant monikers:

  1. Chubby Wieners, Lincoln Square

  2. Dog Walk, Prospect Heights

  3. Felony Franks, Near West Side

  4. Franks for the Memories, Mundelein

  5. Irving’s for Red Hot Lovers, Wilmette

  6. Johnny’s Wee Nee Wagon, Markham

  7. Mustard’s Last Stand, Evanston

  8. Relish the Thought, Lakeview

  9. Wiener and Still Champion, Evanston

  10. Wiener Take All, Buffalo Grove

What hot-dog stand names make you smile?

Chicago hot dog series:

  1. The Chicago-style hot dog: ‘A masterpiece’
  2. Eat this! The Chicago hot dog, born in the Great Depression
  3. Know your wiener!
  4. Friday food porn: Seasons’ sexed-up hot dog
  5. It takes big buns to hold Chicago hot dogs
  6. Origins of neon relish and other Chicago hot dog conundrums
  7. Do only barbarians put ketchup on hot dogs?
  8. Chicago’s Schmidt the real Mr. Footlong Hot Dog Inventor
  9. Chicago’s Oscar Mayer has a way. . . .
  10. Relishing Chicago’s 10 funniest hot-dog joints