Gene and Jude's hot dog, courtesy David Hammond

The Chicago hot dog is held dear by many who think they know what makes a Chicago hot dog. But is there consensus?

There’s the stripped down Gene and Jude’s hot dog, just onions and mustard.

And there’s the fully loaded Portillo’s, a poppy seed bun, onions, relish, long dill pickle and sports pepper, which is a type of Chicago hot dog, too.

And then there’s the even more fully loaded dog with sliced cucumbers and tomatoes, impossible to eat without prior disassembly.

Anyway, do you have a favorite dog? Do you consider your favorite a “Chicago hot dog”?

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David Hammond

David Hammond, a corporate communications consultant and food journalist living in Oak Park, Illinois, is a founder and moderator of, the 8,500 member Chicago-based culinary chat site. David...

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