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May 2, 2012 | By Melanie Zanona and for RedEye
The man who graced Chicago with Hot Doug's super sausages is now asking customers for a little something in return: their memories. Doug Sohn, owner of the self-proclaimed  meat emporium in Irving Park, wants to permanently encase the meat memories of patrons in an upcoming book that will showcase a history of the Chicago-staple restaurant. "I want the book to have the same feeling as the restaurant--irreverent, unique and fun," Sohn said. "I didn't want to do a linear history or a cookbook.
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May 21, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
There's likely to be a line at Hot Doug's from now until they close in October, but some times may be better to go than others in order to avoid the queue.  Chicago ad agency FCB Chicago did some social-data crunching and came up with some insight as to when the lines might not be so lengthy. In a handy infographic, the agency used Facebook check-ins, weather data and tweets mentioning lines at the location to break down the best and worst times to get a foie gras hot dog fix.  The results?
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May 6, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Last call for duck fat fries.  In an announcement with little fanfare Tuesday morning, Hot Doug's owner Doug Sohn said the restaurant was closing for good on Oct. 3.  "For me it's just time to do it," Sohn said when reached by phone Tuesday morning, confirming the announcement on Hot Doug's website. "There's nothing sinister. It's time to end it and do something else. I am at a point where I think its time to end the run. " Sohn said he has no plans to sell, and Friday, Oct. 3 will be the final date the  3324 N. California Ave. location will be open.
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May 6, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Fans of encased meat are lamenting the October closing of Doug Sohn's legendary Avondale restaurant Hot Doug's , but perhaps those hardest hit by the news are those with a permanent reminder inked on their skin. It's been a longstanding deal at Hot Doug's: Get a tattoo of the hot dog joint's logo anywhere on your body and you get free hot dogs for life. Jason S. Thompson is one of those who took the deal. “My sodium intake level is dwindling at the same rate of my spirits,” Thompson said Tuesday after hearing the news.
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May 21, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
There's likely to be a line at Hot Doug's from now until they close in October, but some times may be better to go than others in order to avoid the queue.  Chicago ad agency FCB Chicago did some social-data crunching and came up with some insight as to when the lines might not be so lengthy. In a handy infographic, the agency used Facebook check-ins, weather data and tweets mentioning lines at the location to break down the best and worst times to get a foie gras hot dog fix.  The results?
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November 10, 2011
Happy Anniversary, folks. That's right, exactly one year ago today Kevin Pang and I put all the McMeats on one bun and ate it as a goof. It ended up getting mentioned on "The Tonight Show". How the hell do you top that? Easy. You make it locals-only. Only food from Chicago restaurants are used this time. I combined a Mastodon from Kuma's Corner , a wild game sausage from Hot Doug's (antelope if you're wondering), a taco de panza (pork belly) from Big Star , and an entire slice of deep-dish sausage pizza...
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October 24, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts for RedEye
EAT Dogs and Tales The Lincoln Lodge at Lincoln Restaurant 4008 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-248-1820 Whether you're hungry for humor or just plain hungry, head to Eat This: Stories for the Love of Food, where you sample vittles from Hot Doug's, City Provisions, Small Bar and others and hear food-themed tales from Hot Doug's owner Doug Sohn, Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions and others, including host Monte LaMonte ("Off the Eatin' Path"...
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June 21, 2013 | By Riley Blevins and 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.
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June 7, 2012 | By Hector Luis Alamo Jr., For RedEye
Summer's here! OK, sure, it's not official till June 20, but forget what the calendar says. Open the windows. Go outside. Summer is definitely here. With all of those saved-up vacation days begging to be used, now's the perfect time to start making plans for the three-month stretch of warm weather. Tropical climes are beckoning. California, Florida, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the Bahamas - you can already see yourself sprawled underneath an oversized parasol, sucking down your umpteenth pina colada while your eyes search desperately for the server so he can bring you another.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Fans of encased meat are lamenting the October closing of Doug Sohn's legendary Avondale restaurant Hot Doug's , but perhaps those hardest hit by the news are those with a permanent reminder inked on their skin. It's been a longstanding deal at Hot Doug's: Get a tattoo of the hot dog joint's logo anywhere on your body and you get free hot dogs for life. Jason S. Thompson is one of those who took the deal. “My sodium intake level is dwindling at the same rate of my spirits,” Thompson said Tuesday after hearing the news.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Last call for duck fat fries.  In an announcement with little fanfare Tuesday morning, Hot Doug's owner Doug Sohn said the restaurant was closing for good on Oct. 3.  "For me it's just time to do it," Sohn said when reached by phone Tuesday morning, confirming the announcement on Hot Doug's website. "There's nothing sinister. It's time to end it and do something else. I am at a point where I think its time to end the run. " Sohn said he has no plans to sell, and Friday, Oct. 3 will be the final date the  3324 N. California Ave. location will be open.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | By Riley Blevins and 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts for RedEye
EAT Dogs and Tales The Lincoln Lodge at Lincoln Restaurant 4008 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-248-1820 Whether you're hungry for humor or just plain hungry, head to Eat This: Stories for the Love of Food, where you sample vittles from Hot Doug's, City Provisions, Small Bar and others and hear food-themed tales from Hot Doug's owner Doug Sohn, Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions and others, including host Monte LaMonte ("Off the Eatin' Path"...
NEWS
June 7, 2012 | By Hector Luis Alamo Jr., For RedEye
Summer's here! OK, sure, it's not official till June 20, but forget what the calendar says. Open the windows. Go outside. Summer is definitely here. With all of those saved-up vacation days begging to be used, now's the perfect time to start making plans for the three-month stretch of warm weather. Tropical climes are beckoning. California, Florida, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the Bahamas - you can already see yourself sprawled underneath an oversized parasol, sucking down your umpteenth pina colada while your eyes search desperately for the server so he can bring...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2012 | By Melanie Zanona and for RedEye
The man who graced Chicago with Hot Doug's super sausages is now asking customers for a little something in return: their memories. Doug Sohn, owner of the self-proclaimed  meat emporium in Irving Park, wants to permanently encase the meat memories of patrons in an upcoming book that will showcase a history of the Chicago-staple restaurant. "I want the book to have the same feeling as the restaurant--irreverent, unique and fun," Sohn said. "I didn't want to do a linear history or a cookbook.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2011
Happy Anniversary, folks. That's right, exactly one year ago today Kevin Pang and I put all the McMeats on one bun and ate it as a goof. It ended up getting mentioned on "The Tonight Show". How the hell do you top that? Easy. You make it locals-only. Only food from Chicago restaurants are used this time. I combined a Mastodon from Kuma's Corner , a wild game sausage from Hot Doug's (antelope if you're wondering), a taco de panza (pork belly) from Big Star , and an entire slice of deep-dish sausage pizza from Lou...
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April 30, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
If the last time you visited Pilsen was for brunch at Nightwood or a hangover-curing bowl of menudo at Nuevo Leon, it's time to return. This lineup starts on 18th Street and covers a bit more than a mile of ground on the way over to Halsted; hop the #18 bus if you're not up for the leisurely stroll along the neighborhood's main drag. FIRST: Nitecap Coffee Bar (1738 W. 18th St. 312-846-1149) Take the Pink Line to fuel up for the day at this month-old cafe just a few steps west of the 18th Street station.
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