Why no ketchup?

There is a longstanding tradition in Chicago not to put ketchup on hotdogs.  It was the kind of thing that would get you punched in grade school.  I don’t know why, it’s just one of those things.  I’ve heard people who put ketchup on hotdogs called everything from degenerate to far, far worse.

No, for me, there’s no ketchup for the same reason there’s no tomatoes.  The cart is called ‘My Chicago Childhood’ and when I was a kid, I was allergic to them.  I had to get a allergy shot once a week my entire childhood, because of tomatoes and ketchup.  I outgrew the allergy, but ketchup has always been gross to me.  It tastes like sugary-tomato water.

The dog I fell in love with, the dog I want to share with all of you, has no tomato products of any kind.  Try it.  If you close your eyes, smell freshly mown grass and hear the crack of a little league aluminum bat on a baseball, then you’re experiencing My Chicago Childhood.