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.  

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.