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'Sausage Panel Guests' Announced for This Weekend's Dog Dayz of Summer

By Darryl Holliday | June 23, 2015 1:36pm

HUMBOLDT PARK — “The Sausage King of Chicago” is set to return this weekend, and he’s bringing a few friends.

Hot Doug, aka Doug Sohn, will give fans a taste of the small business that made a huge mark on the world of encased meats, July 27-28, when the Chicago hot dog shop hosts The Dog Dayz of Summer at 605 N. Sacramento Blvd., near the border of Humboldt Park, Garfield Park, the Near West Side and West Town.

“The Sausage King of Chicago,” Doug Sohn, is set to return this weekend, and he’s bringing a few friends. (DNAinfo/Justin Breen)

Joining Sohn for the panel discussions will be David Manilow, the creator and executive producer of Check, Please!; Chicago’s notoriously outspoken artist Tony Fitzpatrick and senior vice president of Vienna Beef, Bob Schwartz.

In addition to an all-you-can-eat tasting of the “best hits from Hot Doug’s,” Doug will lead one-on-one discussions on a variety of topics, including the history of the Chicago hot dog, according to an announcement for the weekend event.

“Since we closed last fall, the demand for a Hot Doug’s comeback has been humbling. I’m excited to give fans another taste of Hot Doug’s — this time in a laid-back party atmosphere,” Sohn said via a news release. “I’m psyched to dish about sausages with some of Chicago’s leading food and culture personalities.”

Doug Sohn browses the menu as Paul Kelly awaits his order. Sohn's restaurant, Hot Doug's, closed after 13 years. (DNAinfo/Josh McGhee)

Sohn will curate a selection of his famous sausage sandwiches and renowned duck fat fries and reprise his old role behind the counter, serving dogs and chatting with customers, as he was often known to do at his former Avondale establishment.

Meanwhile Goose Island will pour its latest summer and specialty beers and a mix of local punk and country bands will set the tone on the stage.

The “Sausage Panel Discussions” are scheduled as follows:

• Saturday, 1–1:30 p.m. (1st Session): David Manilow

• Saturday, 5:30–6 p.m. (2nd Session): Tony Fitzpatrick                   

• Sunday, 1:15–5:45 p.m. (1st Session): Bob Schwartz

• Sunday, 5:45 – 6:15 (2nd Session): TBA

The Dog Dayz of Summer is a family-friendly event taking place on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 at two different ticket times each day: Noon to 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (four separate ticketed sessions total). There will be no VIP section; everyone gets the same ticket, same access, same dogs. Admission tickets are still available, and can be purchased by visiting www.dogdayzofsummer.com.

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