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Chicago Hot Dog Fest Extends to Two Days After Running Out of Dogs in 2013

By Paul Biasco | July 30, 2014 5:26am | Updated on August 8, 2014 8:42am
 A hot dog mascot at the first Chicago Hot Dog Fest.
A hot dog mascot at the first Chicago Hot Dog Fest.
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OLD TOWN — Apparently one day isn't enough time to celebrate one of Chicago's favorite foods, the hot dog.

The Chicago History Museum decided to extend the celebration to two days this year, kicking off at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The doubling of the Chicago Hot Dog Fest, now in its second year, was due in part to extreme interest during 2013's event.

Last year the festival ran out of hot dogs halfway through Sunday afternoon. 

The organizers had planned for 700 people, but their count exceed 1,400 visitors. About 60 lined up outside the museum a half hour before it opened.

This year's festival will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday in the park north of the history museum near the intersection of Clark and LaSalle streets.

The museum promises not to run out of hot dogs.

Aside from the classic hot dogs that will be available at the fest, there will be beer from Goose Island and vendors such as Connie's Pizza, SiFu Chino Latino and Greek Delight serving up their spin on hot dogs.

The musical lineup includes Led Zeppelin tribute band Kashmir headlining at 3:15 p.m. Saturday and The Who tribute ban Who's Who earlier in the day.

Sunday's headliner at 5 p.m. will be Don't Speak, a No Doubt tribute band, and earlier in the day two '90s tribute bands are scheduled to play.

Authors Bruce Kraig and Patty Carroll will discuss hot dog culture in America and their book "Man Bites Dog" on the speaker/demonstration stage.

Entrance to the festival is free, and discounted early bird food tickets are available online ahead of the event.

This story was updated to reflect the correct date of the event.

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