August 11-13 

Stockton & LaSalle Drive

Let's be frank.

Chicago Hot Dog Fest hits the core of our food-loving city’s love affair with the ubiquitous encased meat—the hot dog. Held just steps from, and benefiting, the Chicago History Museum, it has all the ingredients of an exceptional summer event.

4:30PM | Polkaholics

Friday | 6:30PM

2:15PM | The Astronomer

Saturday | 7:00PM

11:30AM | Wiggleworms with Lisa Joy DeRosia

Sunday | 5:30PM

2:45PM | Frozen Ground Band



1:00PM | Hurricane Reggae Band

Prince Tribute by

Robert Cornelius & Friends 

Meat the Bands


& Joe

11:00AM | Laura Doherty & the Heartbeats

3:00PM | Four Star Brass Band

3:45PM | Funkadesi

4:45PM | Yoko & the Oh No's

Full-day Lineup

11:00AM | School of Rock Highwood

6:00PM | Prince Produced Music via DJ Numinous Radio

1:15PM | Crimson Octopus Society

12:30PM | ShooBooty


Countdown to the

2017 Chicago Hot Dog Fest

Food and drink are available for purchase using Dog Dollars. Purchase Hot Dog Dollars in advance and save up to 20%! 

What does it cost to get in?
There is a $5 suggested donation and a $20 suggested family donation at the entrance.

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! 

So, just how does this work?


Flashy Hot Dogs

Frannie's Beef & Catering

Theory Sports Lounge

Meat the Vendors

Big Bob & Fritzy's

Byron's Hot Dogs

Chicago's Dog House

Dog House Grill

Downtown Dogs


Smilin' Dawgs

Taco in a Bag




where can I find all this deliciousness?

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 using 1701 N. Stockton Drive, 60614 as your destination.

Accessibility – The Chicago History Museum welcomes all visitors and we are committed to making the Chicago Hot Dog Festival accessible to everyone. Access to the park and entrance to both gates are wheelchair accessible. If you have any inquires, please contact Visitor Services at 312-642-4600 or [email protected] If you have any questions at the festival, please visit the Chicago History Museum tent located by the South Gate.

1:00 PM | The History of Lincoln Park

Bernard Turner

* 2:00 PM | The Chicago Hot Dog: An Urban Icon

Rich Bowen

* 3:00 PM | Savor the Flavor: Chicago Hot Dog Inspired Brew

Cesar Marron

4:00 PM | Hot Dog Facts Figures and Folklore

Eric Mittenthal

On the Speaker's Stage


1:00 PM | A Four Star Flag 

Libby Mahoney

2:00 PM | Dogs, Diamonds, Wieners &   Losers: Baseball in Chicago 

Peter Alter

3:00 PM | A Trip through the 1893           Chicago World's Fair

Joy Bivins

4:00 PM | Stockyard Saga: When Chicago Ruled the Meatpacking Industry

Russell Lewis

5:00 PM | BBQ Dressing: Fashion's Move to the Backyard

Petra Slinkard


12:00 PM | What's in My Frank: A Discussion of Common Hot Dog Myths?

Dr. Jeff Sindelar

* 1:00 PM | The Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame

Bob Schwartz

 * 2:00 PM | In Defense of Ketchup

Julie Marchiano

* 3:00 PM | The Hot Dog Stand: Yellow Signs & Red-White-and-Blue Values

Bill Savage

4:00 PM | The Chicago Hot Dog: An Urban Icon

Rich Bowen

5:00 PM | The End of the Cubbie Blues: What Happens to Lovable Losers When They Win?

Holly Swyers


* Indicates that there will be an ASL interpreter for these talks.

Use code MEMHDF17 to save $10 off any level of membership, and receive $5 FREE Dog Dollars when you check in at the fest!  

Interested in becoming a 

vendor or sponsor? 

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