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Hot dog! Five of Chicago’s best wieners

Chicago hot dog beauty shot ©2010 by Leah A. Zeldes

No matter what you put on it, it's the wiener that counts. (Photo by Leah A. Zeldes.)

National Hot Dog Month is with us again. Try some great locally made dogs from Chicago sausage makers.

  1. Bobak’s Sausage Co. in Garfield Ridge makes natural-casing all-beef, all-pork and all-veal wieners.

  2. Crawford Sausage Co., founded in 1925 on what was then South Crawford Road in Little Village, makes Daisy Brand hot dogs. They’re best known for natural casing beef-and-pork frankfurters, but they also offer an all-beef dog and a jalapeno wiener.
  3. Gene’s Sausage Shop in Belmont-Cragin and Lincoln Square makes all-veal, veal-and-pork and all-beef wieners.

  4. Romanian Kosher Sausage Co. in Rogers Park offers skinless, all-beef franks seasoned according to an Old World recipe and hardwood-smoked in small batches.

  5. Vienna Beef is the oldest and best-known hot dog maker in Chicago, and a visit to its Bucktown company store is always a treat. You can buy Vienna and David Berg hot dogs in bulk or by the pound or have a meal in the company cafeteria.

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