I am originally from the east cost I wasn’t introduced to the Chicago hot dog until last year, and though I lived next to the infamous Weiner Circle I found my self-going to the Dog House on a daily basis. When you walk in you will see tables made from old bowling alleys and hundred year old barns and though it is small it has a great staff, in fact most days if you go during the day you can see the one of the two owners who will happily talk to you about anything on the menu. This place has, to say the least, an interesting selection of meats, with everything from the Chicago staple Vienna beef to Gator to Buffalo, and it is always changing. Along with the standard Chicago dog they always have new and different recipes for great tasting sausage, such as the BLT dog or the French Poodle (Brie cheese, Grey Poupon, and Pear). Keeping in the vein of not being normal they have a great twist on chips. The Frip, it is a fresh made chip, and I must recommend you try it with cheese at least once. Before you leave, take a chance, try the Deep Fried Twinkie.
This band is pretty much the most influential band in my life. They were the first band to post my picture’s on their website outside of Connecticut, and they were always really genuine, and loved the music they played. They broke up a couple years ago after an ever changing line up and some shitty luck on tour, but now they are back, at least for the summer, and I’m really hoping they find themselves out in Chicago. I’d love to get to hear these guys play at least one more time.
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.