I am a Chicago girl, born and raised. I graduated from DePaul University right here in Lincoln Park. Nothing tastes better to me than a Chicago-Style Hot Dog to me. And why not embrace your hometown and where your wedding is being celebrated than having Chicago-Style Hot Dogs at your Chicago wedding? Pass them at cocktail hour or maybe you have a station of them later in the evening or passed in the cardboard boxes later on the dance floor. Feel that the whole dogs are too big? Do a mini version passed by the servers around 11:30pm when people need a quick snack to keep them going on the dance floor. Or, what about having a traditional cart come in to offer it to guests as they depart? Carts of Chicago can offer this service to you at your wedding.
You may ask, what is a Chicago-Style Hot Dog? Chicagoans are pretty strict about our hot dogs, you see. Here are the ingredients necessary to be a TRUE Chicago Style Hot Dog.
A steamed poppy-seed bun. My favorite kind is S Rosen's.
Kosher, all beef hot dog
Diced white onion
Neon green relish, yup, NEON
Two Sport Peppers
Two tomato slices (not chopped, but slices)
And finalized with a kosher dill pickle
No, you did not see ketchup on there, that is correct. A real Chicago-Style Hot Dog does not have ketchup on it.
Vienna Beef is my favorite kind of dog. They have a great ingredients and recipe handout here on their website. In Chicago we take our hot dogs quite seriously and there is nothing better than enjoying a Chicago-Style Hot Dog on a Friday afternoon summer Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field!
My favorite spots to get Chicago-Style Hot Dogs in Chicago are:
Byron's Hot Dog Haus at 1017 West Irving Park
Embrace your Chicago-Style wedding and serve Chicago-Style Hot Dogs for your guests!
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