Chicago’s Iconic Hot Doug’s Hot Dogs Is Closed, But Not Forgotten

July is National Hot Dog month!

A delicious hot-dog makes your stomach very happy. Chicago’s legendary hot-dog destination, Hot Doug’s, built its entire business around serving up this kind of happiness. No matter your order, they guarantee you’ll leave smiling. Unfortunately, they’re now closed but they are by no means forgotten.

Hot Doug’s was a Chicago, Illinois-based restaurant specializing in a variety of hot dogs and sausages. Owner, Doug Sohn retired and the self-proclaimed “Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium” closed its doors on October 3, 2014. Hot Doug’s was frequently featured in local and national media for its unique menu, and its purveyor and head chef, Doug Sohn, has been noted for his work to create affordable gourmet food. The restaurant was an extremely popular dining destination among both locals and tourists, and at lunch time and throughout much of the weekend customers could expect to wait in lines sometimes exceeding an hour just to get in the door.

Doug may have retired, but he’s been doing seemingly unceasing comeback gigs that have included a pop-up at Publican Quality Meats, a pizza collaboration with Piece, and a partnership with the Cubs that allowed Sohn to sell sausages at the team’s spring training games in Arizona and to set up a stand at Wrigley Field for past 3 Cubs’ home openers.

Today, Chicago-based Think Jerky revealed that Sohn has collaborated with the company to create a jerky that “combines savory beef with a hint of black pepper for a modern twist on a classic.” The jerky can be ordered via Think Jerky’s website and found in stores (including Starbucks and Mariano’s). According to its website, Think Jerky products use grass-fed beef and free-range turkey, with 10 percent of profits from sales of the products going to the David Lynch Foundation.

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