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Get out the condiments – it's National Hot Dog Day

Perfectly timed in the middle of baseball season and cook out season, Wednesday, July 23, is National Hot Dog Day.

The day celebrates one of America’s favorite cook out foods. Americans eat around 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, which equals to 818 franks per second, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC).

Hot dogs were invented in the late 1600s by German butcher Johann Georghehner. They were originally called “dachshund sausages,” according to the NHDSC.

You can celebrate National Hot Dog Day at the ballpark with a classic dog or one of the more creative versions featured in our Ballpark Bites series. Or take a trip to Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs take on the San Diego Padres at 7:05 p.m. CST. If you’re more of a south side Chicago fan, you can see the White Sox play the Kansas City Royals at 1:10 p.m. CST at U.S. Cellular Field.

If you don’t want to head to the ballpark, you can stop by several local restaurants and hot dog stands or cook them at home. There’s also those foot-long corn dogs at the Fair.

What are your favorite condiments and toppings to put on your hot dog?

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