Chicago Hot Dog Festival

Dates: June 1-2, 2024
Location:  Portage Park, 4000 N. Milwaukee, Chicago
Estimated Attendance: 40,000
Demographics: Upscale, educated families 25-54; urban sophisticates; foodies

  • 12 or more of Chicago’s finest hot dog and sausage restaurants and purveyors..
  • Continuous live music from the Main Stage.
  • Several beer choices; wine.
  • Kid’s Area.


Windy City Hot Dog Fest hits right at the core of this food-loving city’s long romance with that ubiquitous, multi-faceted encased meat- that universally loved and perpetually evolving cooked sausage that is the star of this show. 

Early German and Polish settlers began making and selling sausages more than a hundred years ago, and ever since, the ancestral sausage, and it’s evolution- the Hot Dog-  have been a much loved and celebrated part of Chicago’s local cuisine. 

Finally, there is a festival dedicated to Chicago’s Hot Dog tradition- and what a celebration it is!

Hot Dog Fest brings together many of the city’s great hot dog vendors who each offer their particular type of hot dog, along with a wide variety of hot dog enhancing sides. Visitors can sample hot dogs in a wide variety of styles both old and new.  And, of course, there is plenty of cold beer and wine on hand to wash it all down.

Meanwhile, great local and regional bands perform continuously from the Music Stage and provide musical backdrop for all of this dining and drinking; while a second stage will feature entertaining lectures on the history of  Chicago hot dogs.  A creative Kids Area keeps children entertained throughout the two days.

It’s fitting that this hot dog nirvana takes place in Chicago- for there is no town in this world that loves hot dogs as much as the Windy City!

Sponsorship Opportunity

The Windy City Hot Dog Fest Sponsor Benefits Menu offers sponsors a variety of
ways to elevate, showcase and connect your brand to this audience of more than
40,000 urban dwelling, solid middle class families in a relaxed and friendly

The Sponsor Benefits Menu includes but is not limited to:

  • Naming Rights to the event, event components.
  • Logo inclusion in Internet and print ads; collateral.
  • Inclusion and messaging in event specific eblasts.
  • Links, logos on event website.
  • PR Inclusion.
  • Signage.
  • Stage Signage.
  • Exclusive on-site sales .
  • On-site activation with varying footprint sizes.
  • VIP live welcomes on various stages.
  • Customized promotions.
  • Use of marks and logos.

Events & Venues

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November Events

Polish Independence 10K Run/Walk
Randolph Street Market

Year Round Opportunities

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