Chicago Hot Dog Fest

Looking for more reasons to eat hot dogs this summer? Chicago Hot Dog Fest has got you covered. The second annual event put on by the Chicago History Museum kicks off this Saturday, August 9th. 

The festival, which was only one day last year, is expanding to a two day event-Saturday (10am to 5pm) and Sunday (11am to 7pm)-this year, due to overwhelming interest.

While the classic Chicago dog has top billing, several vendors, including Connie's Pizza and Si Fu, will be on hand to serve up specialty dogs (think: toppings like kimchi or smoked pulled pork). And since hot dogs are always better with beer, Goose Island will be there to fill glasses. Soda and water will also be available.

For entertainment, Led Zeppelin tribute band Kashmir headlines on Saturday, with The Who tribute band Who's Who and pop band Slap Happy playing earlier in the day. On Sunday, Hello Weekend, According to Sarah and No Doubt tribute band Don't Speak will entertain the crowds. 

Those looking to expand their hot dog knowledge can check out the festival's second stage, where the authors of "Man Bites Dog," Patty Carroll and Bruce Kraig, will be on hand to talk about hot dog culture in America. Food stylist Mary Valentin and author and historian Joe Gustaitis will also make appearances.

The event will take place at the south end of Lincoln Park, just north of the museum, at the corner of Clark and LaSalle. 

Admission is free and food will be purchased using a ticket system. If you're planning on going, it's not too late to save a few bucks by buy discounted ticket packages online.