Record #: R2023-793   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 5/31/2023 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 5/31/2023
Title: Congratulations extended to Superdawg on 75th anniversary
Sponsors: Nugent, Samantha
Attachments: 1. R2023-793.pdf
WHEREAS, Since its humble beginnings as a hot dog stand at the end of the streetcar line opened by a returning GI and his high school sweetheart to earn additional money during the summer, Superdawg has stood the test of time - now celebrating 75 years of serving up Superdawgs, Whoopercheesies, and Whoopskidawgs to generations of Chicagoans; and
WHEREAS, The Chicago City Council has been informed of this milestone by the Honorable Samantha Nugent, Alderman of the 39th Ward; and
WHEREAS, Superdawg was founded in 1948 in the then-far northwest corner of the City at the intersection of Milwaukee, Devon, and Nagle by Maurie and Flaurie Berman to earn some additional income while Maurie was studying at Northwestern University and Flaurie taught at Chicago Public Schools; and
WHEREAS, The couple designed the now-iconic prairie-style building that was as unique and distinctive as they were - from the harlequin-diamond pattern to the two 12-foot-tall paper- mache hot dogs (named Maurie and Flaurie, of course) flirtatiously winking at each other when their neon lights are switched on, and eventually the iconic blue control tower which houses the "carhop in a wire" switchboard; and
WHEREAS, With a distinct building and a secret recipe to set themselves apart from the other hot dog stands popping up around the City following the war, all the Berman's needed was a name, and they found inspiration in the superheroes in the widely-popular comics; it's not a wiener, it's not a frankfurter, it's not a red hot - it's a SUPERDAWG; and
WHEREAS, Their location on the edge of the City, across from a forest preserve and Whealan Pool, attracted picnicking families and cruisin' teens alike; at the time, kids could ride the streetcar to the end of the line for a nickel and get a Superdawg for only 22 cents - but if they were a few cents short, Maurie and Flaurie would still serve them and told them to bring the money back next time, whic...

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