Top Dog


New Yorkers may demur, but nothing beats a genuine Chicago hot dog. For the uninitiated, that's a pure beef frankfurter, made with natural casing and covered with a lurid kaleidoscope of toppings: yellow mustard, emerald green relish, white onion, juicy red tomato, forest green pickles and olive-colored chilies, known locally as "sport peppers." Served with celery salt in a poppy-seed bun, this great Chicago tradition typically sells for less than $5.

For many Chicagoans, the quintessential place to munch on a hot dog is the historic Wrigley Field baseball stadium while watching a Chicago Cubs game (

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