July is National Hot Dog Month. We don't know why (the dog days of summer?) but we do know you can tour the factory in Chicago where Vienna Beef makes its famous hot dogs and other sausages. Held at the company headquarters (2501 N. Damen Avenue), tours run on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00. Unfortunately, each tour can take only six people, and there is usually a waiting list—all the more reason to book your place now. You can request a tour at the Vienna Beef website.
Want to do some homework before you go? See the website of the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, where you can learn the truth about the manufacture of the mighty hot dog. You may also be surprised by the list of the U.S. cities where the most hot dogs are eaten. (Surprisingly, Chicago is not top dog.)
While you're in Chicago, you may want to visit some of the other hot-dog makers that abound in the city. For a full listing, see a recent article in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Posted By Karen Axelrod Jun 24, 2011