RIP Hot Doug’s

“Encased meats,
my friend”

2001 – 2014

Permanent Vacation. On Friday, Oct. 3rd 2014, the last encased meats will come off the grill at venerable Chicago hot dog place Hot Doug’s, according to owner Doug Sohn.

Since opening in 2001, Hot Doug’s has grown a loyal following, with fans sometimes waiting hours to eat his less-than-typical sausage creations and decadent duck-fat fries.

Some fans have even gone to the extreme, getting a Hot Doug’s tattoo in exchange for free hot dogs for life until October 3rd.

So if you’re in Chicago and the countdown is still going, do yourself a favor and visit Hot Doug’s before he closes forever.


We created this page in tribute to Doug and the artery-clogging brilliance that is his Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium. Stop by Gaper’s Block to learn more about this page.