This weekend, the fourth annual Chicago Hot Dog Festival aims to take place in Lincoln Park, Chicago, where local vendors such as Byron’s Hot dogs, Fatso’s Last Stand and Chubby Wieners aim to serve hungry customers. In addition to the complimentary entry and Vienna Beef hot dogs which may be purchased with the festivals special Dog Dollars currency, guests may have the opportunity experience a selection of musical displays, competitions and debates revolving around Chicago, hot dogs and their mutual history.
Whilst it may seem unusual to host such an event in celebration of what may be considered an otherwise standard fast food option, the unique Chicago style hot dogs have a history beginning in the 1930s, when they may have been sold for a nickel to passersby on the streets as quick, affordable and efficient meals. In addition to the hot dog topped with mustard which many people may know today, vendors typically aim to add relish, onion, tomato, a pickle, sport peppers and celery salt, according to this year’s sausage supplier, Vienna Beef.
In addition to its hot dog history, Chicago may also be well known for its deep-dish pizza scene, and as the home of potentially intriguing art installments and architecture. With a view which may span areas of four different states, the Willis Tower may be a point of interest for travellers, especially considering its previous title of the tallest building in North America at approximately 1,450 feet tall. Also towering over Chicago’s skyline is the John Hancock Center, in which tourists may experience the three-hundred and sixty Chicago observatory deck.
Travellers may have little need for public transport in the Chicago summer either, with many tourist hotspots potentially being accessible on foot, such the Millennium Park, where visitors may find the Cloud Gate installment and other artistic exhibitions. Another site which may be of interest to those exploring the city on foot is the Navy Pier which aims to celebrate its hundredth year later in 2016, where guests may visit one of the theatres, participate in a cruise or enjoy a meal overlooking Lake Michigan.
Also available in the city are points of cultural interest such as the Art Institute of Chicago, which was voted the number one museum in the world as of 2014 by Tripadvisor. Offering potential areas of artistic history such as the Asian Jewelry or the New Contemporary exhibitions, museum-goers may have the opportunity to experience new and interesting realms of art, history and culture when visiting the institute, which has been located in its current building since 1893 (10). If science is more appealing to visitors or inhabitants of Chicago, there may also be the prospect of a visit to the Alder Planetarium, which aims to offer an ‘engaging, user-friendly museum’ to its guests. As of its forty-fifth anniversary in April of 2015, the museum has endeavored to offer an exhibition which chronicles America’s first steps to and on the Moon, which may feature artifacts from figures of possible interest such as Captain Jim Lovell.
As a city which may be known for its food, art and music, Chicago may be considered a location of interest for travellers this summer, especially with the upcoming hot dog festival in Lincoln Square. Through combining the potentially enticing qualities which the city may be well known for, this festival aims to create an environment of diversity, fun and accessibility for many visitors to the city as well as its inhabitants.
How may cities broaden cultural horizons through public events such as the Chicago Hot Dog Festival?