Chicago Style Hot Dog

The Chicago Style Hot Dog was created in the early 1920s by a man named Philip D. “Fritz” Zelazny. Zelazny was the owner of a hotdog stand in Chicago called The Original Maxwell Street Polish Sausage Company. His hot dog quickly became popular and is now considered to be a staple of Chicago cuisine. There are many variations of the Chicago style hot dog, but the most popular version is made with a poppy seed bun, Vienna sausage, yellow mustard, chopped onions, bright green relish, a dill pickle spear, and sport peppers, often served with French fries or onion rings.


The Chicago style hot dog is popular throughout Chicagoland and is considered a signature dish of the city. There are many restaurants and food carts in Chicago that specialize in serving Chicago style hot dogs.


If you are visiting Chicago, be sure to try a Chicago style hot dog! It is a unique and delicious experience. Or make your own at home. The recipe is simple and easy to follow. Enjoy! And whatever you do, don’t spoil it with ketchup!




  • 1 beef hot dog
  • 1 poppy seed hot dog bun
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sweet green pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 4 tomato wedges
  • 1 dill pickle spear
  • 1 dash celery salt



  1.  Place the hot dog in the bun.
  2. Top with mustard, relish, onion, tomato wedges, pickle spear, and celery salt.
  3. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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