Chicago Style Hot Dog:
The all-beef hot dog introduced by Emil Reichel and Sam Ladany during the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 wasn’t just a hit… it was phenomenon and quickly became a symbol of American prosperity. It was affordable, filling and good! And while Chicago was the birthplace of the Vienna hot dog, it took the market crash of 1929 to give rise to the signature combination of toppings found today on a traditional Chicago Style hot dog.
Enter the original Fluky’s stand on Maxwell Street. Knowing that hot dogs went from a favorite cheap eat to a necessity that nutritionally sustained many out of work Americans, Fluky’s introduced the “Depression Sandwich” in the 1930’s, selling for only $0.05. During this time there were many different variations of “Dragging it Through the Garden” but eventually the sacred combination of mustard, sweet relish, chopped onions, sliced tomatoes, pickle spear, 2 sport peppers and a dash of celery salt won out and the Chicago Style hot dog was born!