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Chicago's Newest Summer Fest Is A Hot Doug's Pop-Up

By Rachel Cromidas in News on May 4, 2015 9:05PM

Photo by C. Kinnier Lastimosa via Hot Doug's Facebook page

Like an encased meat, neon relish and duck fat fry fever dream, Hot Doug's is back for two days this summer in the form of a new festival.

At $75 a ticket, "Dog Dayz of Summer" attendees will get Hot Doug's sausages and signature duck fat fries, beer and live music at a pop-up restaurant at the Goose Island Barrel Warehouse. Tickets went on sale earlier today at 10 a.m.

Hot Doug's broke our hearts last fall when the Northwest Side hot dog institution closed its doors after 13 years in business. But from owner Dog Sohn's upcoming pop-up at the Paulina Meat Market May 16 to the recently-opened Hot 'G' Dogs in Uptown, run by former Hot Doug's line-cooks, to this festival, has it ever really gone away?

Sohn told the Chicago Tribune he got the idea for this festival while on an all-inclusive vacation in Mexico—one of those vacations he said he would take after operating the city's most popular hot dog outfit for over a decade.

Produced by Criterion Productions, the folks behind Do Division and the Battle of the Burgers, the Hot Doug's fest will be held in four sessions, at noon and at 5 p.m. on June 27 and June 28.

We'd be surprised if this is your last chance to score a Hot Doug's creation but tickets are limited.