Hot Dog Chicago circa 1983 and thereafter
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The hot dog is undoubtedly more American than apple pie and Chicago has for many years been the hot dog capital of the United States. Dr. Rich Bowen is author of Hot Dog Chicago (1983) a book that offered reviews of 150 hot dog stands. He will discuss the hot dog scene of that era, the longevity of so many of the hot dog stands reviewed in the book, the current scene including the many nouveau hot dog restaurants that have recently appeared, and will highlight the uniqueness and preeminence of the Chicago-style hot dog. Rich will also discuss another made-in-Chicago food phenomenon, the Italian beef sandwich. Rich Bowen is professor of psychology at Loyola University of Chicago and co-author of Hot Dog Chicago: A Native’s Dining Guide (Chicago Review Press, 1983). He is also co-producer of Red Hot Chicago, an Emmy-nominated documentary that premiered on WTTW, Chicago in the fall of 1985. He was also featured as a spokesman for the Chicago hot dog in the PBS documentary A Hot Dog Program (1999, presented by WQED, Pittsburgh). Advance reservations recommended.