Man Bites Dog: a conversation about Chicago hot dog culture

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

  • Photograph: Patty Carroll

    Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.

Photograph: Patty Carroll

Chicago hot dog stands have been a frequent subject for photographer Patty Carroll since the 1980s.


When Bruce Kraig looks at a hot dog, he sees America encased—the Dream, out of the melting pot and into the bun.

The Roosevelt University professor, food historian and author of Hot Dog: A Global History (Reaktion Books, 2009) is one of the foremost experts on the culture of hot dogs. For Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America(AltaMira Press, 2012), Kraig teamed with photographer Patty Carroll, a longtime friend and collaborator, who for 30 years has been taking pictures of hot dog stands in Chicago. Some of her shots hang in the Chicago History Museum, which is hosting Carroll and Kraig at its first Chicago Hot Dog Fest. For National Hot Dog Month, I talked to the pair about encased meat lore, the whys of ketchup prohibition and their favorite local stands. Read the interview here.

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