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Relishing Chicago’s 10 funniest hot-dog joints

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!

Chicago’s Oscar Mayer has a way. . . .

Nary a hot-dog stand in the city serves the brand, but we can hardly let Hot Dog Month go without a few words about Chicago’s most famous sausage maker: Oscar Mayer. (Part 9 of a series in honor of National Hot Dog Month.)

Chicago’s Schmidt the real Mr. Footlong Hot Dog Inventor

Yes, we’re the home of the extra-long wiener. (Part 8 of a series in honor of National Hot Dog Month.)

Do only barbarians put ketchup on hot dogs?

Chicagoans aren’t the only ones who think ketchup on hot dogs is abominable. (Part 7 of a series in honor of National Hot Dog Month.)

Origins of neon relish and other Chicago hot dog conundrums

The Chicago hot dog — with the white of the onions, the red of the tomatoes, the brilliant green relish — “It’s like a work of art.” A look at the condiments. (Part 6 of a series in honor of National hot dog month.)

It takes big buns to hold Chicago hot dogs

What is anything without its proper foundation? The bun doesn’t get the attention that other parts of the canonical Chicago hot dog do, but it forms a critical base for the wiener and its load of condiments. (Part 5 of a series in honor of National Hot Dog Month.)

Friday food porn: Seasons’ sexed-up hot dog

Through July 31, Seasons Lounge and Bar inside Streeterville’s Four Seasons Hotel Chicago serves this handmade version of a Chicago hot dog. (Part 4 of a series in honor of National Hot Dog Month.)

Know your wiener!

A top-notch Chicago-style red hot is more than the sum of its parts. Nevertheless, you can’t achieve a great banquet on a bun without a fine frank at its core. (Part 3 of a series in honor of National Hot Dog Month.)

Eat this! The Chicago hot dog, born in the Great Depression

The “banquet on a bun” had its origins in a Maxwell Street vegetable cart. (Part 2 of a series in honor of National Hot Dog Month.)

The Chicago-style hot dog: ‘A masterpiece’

“A hot dog is a masterpiece,” says Jim Photopoulos, proprietor of Photo’s Hotdogs. (Part 1 of a series in honor of National Hot Dog Month.)