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Celebrating Superdawg Muscleman Maurie Berman

The 12-foot-tall colorful couple atop the stand has become a Chicago icon. He is clad in a leopard-skin wrestling tunic, flexing his muscles to impress his more demure, blue-skirt wearing partner, who has her hands folded sweetly in front of her. A bright lightbulb in one of his eyes is set to wink every few... Read more »

Hangin’ with The Card: The Art of Cardinal Francis George

Having worked at a few Catholic nonprofit agencies in Chicago over the years, I’ve had several occasions to meet and talk with Cardinal Francis George. We weren’t good buddies or anything, and I don’t mean to imply that, in spite of the cheeky title of this blog entry. The fact is, when I’d go somewhere... Read more »

The Great, Unexpected Hot Dog Experience

How much of a great hot dog experience is about the hot dog – and how much is about the place or circumstance where it was enjoyed? Recall your best hot dog experience. Where was it? Who was with you? Maybe you were with your Old Man at your first-ever baseball game at Wrigley Field,... Read more »
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Hot Doug Redux – Back in May, One Night Only!

Disappointed that the "free hot dogs for life" turned out to be too good to be true....
What’s this? Hot Doug’s is coming back – after a lengthy and extremely profitable retirement party that lasted for several months, ending in an extremely profitable five-hour long line one soft day in October? Back again to take orders for the dogs and exchange banter with fans? I’m feeling a little like I did when Berghoff’s... Read more »

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: A Dog Story

When my third marriage ended, there was no custody battle. No kids who had to deal with the split-up and no rancorous accusations nor venting of pent-up hostilities. There was, however – and still is – a dog. His name is Baxter, a Border Collie with bright, inquisitive eyes, and leaving him behind was one... Read more »

Best Chicago Style Hot Dog of 2014? It’s Official….

Murphy's Red Hots: Best Chicago Style Hot Dog 2014
“You hungry?” Murph asks, and it’s sincere and kind of quiet, like he‘s talking to one of his kids. “We can help you with that.” Bill Murphy is a Chicago icon, with 27 years of hot dogging under his substantial belt, and his customer service skills are as sharply honed as his hot dog making.... Read more »
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Best Chicago Style Hot Dog -- Survey Says .....

Who gets the Golden Weenie? This is a democracy after all …. so why shouldn’t You the People get a chance to register your opinion and vote for which Chicago hot dog stand should receive the 2014 Golden Weenie for the Best Chicago Style Hot Dog? For a while, I worried about opening this up... Read more »

Golden Weenie 2014 Honors Best Chicago Style Hot Dog

Hot-C and I are poring over the notes, reviews, and video clips of hot dog joints we visited this past season as we attempt to arrive at our fateful decision: which place merits the coveted Golden Weenie Award for 2014 for putting together the best Chicago style hot dog. And no, we’re not giving a... Read more »

Robin Williams: Best Hot Dog Impression Ever

The man knew how to commit. From his searing performance as Tommy Wilhelm in 1986’s often overlooked “Seize the Day,” based on Chicago author Saul Bellow’s novel of the same name to his Teddy Roosevelt in another “Night at the Museum” film soon to be released, Robin Williams could play a role. Wonder if he was... Read more »
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It’s National Hot Dog Day – So Indulge Already

Wednesday, July 23, is “National Hot Dog Day,” a date that was probably chosen because it’s the middle of summer, and hot dogs and summer go together like Wrigley Field and selfies. Many people wouldn’t be caught dead eating a hot dog, because they dwell too much on where hot dogs come from. Having gone... Read more »