Chicago Style Hot Dog Establishments

Though Chicago may be known elsewhere for its pizza, our video collection seems to have a preoccupation with hot dogs and hot dog establishments.

The video below features a trip in 1980 to the easily recognizable Superdawg at Milwaukee and Devon, where filmmakers Joe and Frank McGarry stop to eat before waiting for Pope John Paul II’s motorcade to pass through the distinctly Polish neighborhood. It also features a 1992 commercial for Gold Coast Dogs, back when they only had three locations:

Gold Coast Dogs was first featured on Image Union in 1988, when videomaker Chuck Olin captured the unique success story of Irv and Barry Potekin on tape:

Watch more footage from Gold Coast Dogs featuring Barry Potekin and artist Tony Fitzpatrick: “The only place I never eat a hot dog is at home.”



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