The "Chicago Style" hot dog history began with street cart hot dog vendors during the hard times of the Great Depression.
Money was scarce, but business was booming for these entrepreneurs who offered a delicious hot meal on a bun for only a nickel. The famous Chicago Style Hot Dog was born!
They'd start with a Vienna Beef hot dog, nestle it in a steamed poppyseed bun, and cover it with a wonderful combination of toppings: yellow mustard, bright green relish, fresh chopped onions, juicy red tomato wedges, a kosher-style pickle spear, a couple of spicy sport peppers and finally, a dash of celery salt.
This unique hot dog creation with a "salad on top" and its memorable interplay of hot and cold, crisp and soft, sharp and smooth, became America's original fast food and a true Chicago institution.
Vienna Beef was founded in 1893
ViennaÂ Beef wasÂ founded in 1893. Austrian-Hungarian immigrants Emil Reichel and Samuel Ladany introduced their family frankfurter recipe at the legendary Columbian Exposition/Worldâs Fair. The hot dog was a hit, and ViennaÂ Beef was born.
125 years later, weâre still making our sausages the old-fashioned way, with premium domestic beef and our original recipe, to the highest ofÂ quality standardsÂ and hickory-smoked for authentic flavor.