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by Kevin Coupe

Today marks the end of an era - a short but happy era - in Chicago sausage retailing.

Hot Doug's, a Chicago institution for a little over a decade, selling sausage made from such meats as kangaroo, boar and rattlesnake - and well as french fries cooked in duck fat - is closing its doors.

Owner Doug Sohn has said that it simply was time to move on. Since he made the announcement last May, longtime customers have been lining up, sometimes even waiting overnight, to get one last taste - or tastes - of Hot Doug's unique offerings.

To be honest, I've never had the chance to eat there. But my kids have, and they swear that they had some of the best meals of their lives at Hot Doug's.

I hope Sohn finds something else to do that can capture the imagination and loyalty of so many people. Because, in the end, that's what wonderful food is capable of - it ignites the imagination, lifts our spirits, makes us happy, and even brings us together … even if it is just on a long line outside a hot dog joint on N. California Avenue….

It's an Eye-Opener.
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