From Sausage to Hot Dogs: The Evolution of an Icon

Matty's hot dog stand

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

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.