From Sausage to Hot Dogs: The Evolution of an Icon

October 29 - December 31, 2013

Matty's Hot dog stand

The hot dog is an American creation, and Chicago even has its own style.  But where did this popular food come from and how did it develop?  This exhibit looks to the hot dog's origins in sausage-making practices brought by European immigrants to the Midwest.  We consider techniques used in neighborhood butcher shops and the rise of industrial meat production.  Homemade recipes and artisanal makers past and present are also examined.

This exhibit was curated by Bruce Kraig, Patty Carroll, Gerry Rounds, Eleanor Hanson and Andrea Katavic.

Photograph of Matty's hot dog stand above by Patty Carroll.

Exhibit is no longer on display

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