History

Grand Opening of the Vienna Sausage Co.

The Vienna Sausage Co. opened in 1894


Before Vienna Beef hot dogs were ubiquitous in Chicago, the Vienna Sausage Company first opened shop in 1894 after Austro-Hungarian immigrants Emil Reichel and Sam Ladany first introduced their hot dog at the World’s Fair in 1893. The plant was located at 417 S. Halsted, but the street address eventually was changed to 1217 S. Halsted in what is now University Village. It was adjacent to the famous Maxwell Street Market and advertised that it manufactured the celebrated Vienna bolognas and sausages, as noted in the above photo from Calumet412.com. These days, Vienna Beef, which is now located at the intersection of Fullerton, Damen and Elston, manufactures a range of meats, deli products, condiments, pickles and soups. And to think it got it start right around the same time The Chicago Athletic Association opened.

From The Vault

Celebrating Shakespeare at the Art Institute Curl Up With a Great Book & Glass of Wine Rock & Roll Pole Show Rock Out in April Dressing Downton at the Driehaus Museum What's Cooking at Cindy's: Blue Ginger Who Doesn't Love a Button Machine? Van Gogh at the Art Institute