If you’ve ever had a Chicago dog, you know it has a lot of toppings on it. One thing that never touches the dog is ketchup though. So what exactly is a Chicago dog? Well here you have it. 

The hot dog is topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, pickled sport peppers and a dash of celery salt. The complete assembly of a Chicago hot dog is said to be “dragged through the garden” due to the many toppings.  

Some traditions you just don’t mess with, and a Chicago dog is one of them. Check out the latest merch found at the Chicago Sport Depot, the athletic gear outlet adjacent to Guaranteed Rate Field. It’s a great play on an old Chicago tradition. 

You wanna know where to get the best dog in the Windy City, check out Bon Appétit assistant web editor Alex Delany as he searches for the best Chicago-style hot dog that Chicago has to offer. And remember, never put ketchup on your hot dog.