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Over the winter break, I was watching a local Chicago show where the host visited neighborhoods all around the city and explored many cultural cuisines. Of course, some local staples had to be mentioned like deep dish pizzas and the veggie-heavy Chicago hot dog. The host of the show took a viewer to Chicago Dog House​​. The location was never disclosed but I knew exactly where it was because I could see DePaul’s School of Music in the background. I realized I had been walking past this place for years and never bothered to try it out.

Located on Fullerton Avenue just by the CVS and McDonald’s, I remember three years ago Chicago Dog House were handing out $5 gift cards for their restaurant. Amazingly, I still had that gift card, so I went to try it out the day I came back from break. Chicago Dog House is not your typical hot dog stand. Although the coveted Chicago style is offered for $3.30 (an amazing price, in my opinion), there are some “exotic” offerings that remind me of Hot Doug’s or Hot “G” Dogs with gourmet styles of alligator, rattlesnake, rabbit, and duck, all ranging from $8 to $10. I tried the alligator since that was what I saw on TV. 

Based off of that alone, I look forward to going back very soon. With a large assortment of options to choose, and the average price being around $5, I think I may have my go-to hot dog in Chicago.



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