Iconic Hot Doug’s Hot Dog Stand Closes In Chicago

Hot Doug's Chicago dog. Photograph: Robyn Lee
Hot Doug’s Chicago dog. Photograph: Robyn Lee

Despite the steady rain overnight, Chicagoans have been lined up for hours on the Northwest Side, to say goodbye to the iconic Hot Doug’s hot dog stand.

CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports Friday is the last chance for a taste of the gourmet sausages from Hot Dog’s Encased Meats Emporium and Sausage Superstore. Owner Doug Sohn has decided to close shop for a “permanent vacation.” He said it’s time for him to move on to something else.

It’s not unusual to see a line of die-hard hot dog fans lined up outside Hot Doug’s, but even for one of the most famous hot dog stands in Chicago, waiting 26 hours for a hot dog strains credulity.

That’s how long Max Simmons will have been standing in line outside Hot Doug’s when it opens at 10:30 a.m. Friday, to get one last hot dog before it closes for good, earning him the nickname “King of the Line,” since he’ll be the first customer through the door on Friday.

As of 6 a.m., at least 100 people already were waiting to get in, and the line outside Hot Doug’s already stretched around the block. By 7:30 a.m., Hot Doug’s announced it was closing the line to any new customers. Sohn himself planned to be the final customer.

A sign on the front door Friday morning informed customers “Abandon all rights, ye who enter here. We’re filming a documentary about Hot Doug’s.”

Apparently, the hot dog stand is so popular, they’re filming “Hot Doug’s: The Movie” on the last day of business.

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