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Tour Chicago through hot dogs

June 21, 2013|By Riley Blevins | RedEye

The ways to tour Chicago are seemingly endless.

You can take in the Windy City on a Segway, Helicopter, boat, or by foot.

Oh, and there's always biking around the city with a belly full of hot dogs.

Fifty Participants will do just that Saturday, embark on a 30-mile journey and making stops at eight of the Chicago's most well-known hot dog joints as part of a unique, hot-dog based tour known as Tour de Franks.

Some of the most recognizable stops included Gene and Jude’s, Hot Doug’s, Flub a Dub Club’s and Phil’s Last Stand.

"Until this year it's really just been about having fun with friends, but there’s a growing momentum," Founder Teddy Rovner said in a release. "I'm seriously exploring whether the Tour de Franks could be become something even bigger in the coming years, possibly by bringing in more participants, including more dates, or even by adding a fundraising element."

Chicagoan Rovner and a few friends birthed the idea in 2011. The first tour welcomed 15 participants. Rovner expects to host more than 50 Saturday.

The tour group will arrive at the first hot dog joint at 10:30 a.m. But Eating a hot dog at each joint is optional, and in some cases impossible.

"Despite my best efforts, I did not succeed in eating a hot dog at every stop (the first year),” Rovner said.   “It's more realistic to take a bite at each stop so you can really enjoy all the different hot dog styles.”


To learn more and sign up for next year's tour, visit tourdefrankschicago.com

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