From the moment Emil Reichel and Sam Ladany gave Chicago its first taste of Vienna, we've been making hot dog history. Travel back to Chicago in 1893: it's the most exciting festival in the world. The Vienna Sausage Manufacturing Company is born. Enjoy!
Over 27 million people flock to the World's Columbian Exposition in
Chicago to witness the latest inventions, including the Vienna
Beef hot dog, created by Austrian-Hungarian immigrants Emil
Reichel and Sam Ladany.
Emil and Sam open their first store on Chicago's Near West Side at 417 S. Halsted Ave.
The city clamors for more! So Vienna begins marketing and selling its famous products to other stores and restaurants around Chicago.
Horse-drawn carriages deliver Vienna products across the Chicago area as demand gallops along.
Chicago is growing fast, and so is Vienna. The company expands its operations to meet the demand.
Vienna goes into high gear, retiring its horses for a state-of-the-art motorized fleet.
Vienna jobbers and distributors see the growing demand for higher quality products and begin to feature Wilno Kosher and Vienna Beef deli meats in Indianapolis, Detroit, Cleveland, and Miami. Viennamania starts sweeping the nation.
Vienna Beef franks "dragged through the garden" can be found at hot dog stands throughout Chicagoland. The famous yellow Vienna Beef signs pop up in every neighborhood. Americans flock to the booming suburbs.
Americans start bringing Vienna into their own homes as Vienna expands into the supermarkets in Chicagoland. Southern Californians soon follow the trend as the Vienna brand moves West.
Vienna takes up residence on Chicago's North Side, at 2501 N. Damen Ave., its present headquarters.
Jim Eisenberg and Jim Bodman take the helm at Vienna Beef in 1982.
Business goes sour...in a good way! The company purchases the well-known Chicago Pickle Company as it adds condiments to its product mix.
Vienna spices up its product line with chili and begins making the soups that will eventually comprise the Bistro Soup Company.
Jim and Jim add David Berg to the Vienna family of products.
Vienna Beef Chili Company specializes in custom recipes to meet the growing menu trends across the nation.
Vienna builds a new Chicago Pickle Co. facility in Palmetto, Fla. It is strategically close to cucumber fields.Customers can now ship out of Chipico/Los Angeles, Vienna/Chicago or Chipico/Florida to satisfy their taste.
Vienna Beef opens the Hot Dog Hall of Fame.
Vienna's first showing at the NRA was in 1950. Conventioneers line up every year for that famous Original Chicago Style hot dog. The Chicago Sales Team pauses for a candid during a recent National Restaurant Association Convention. Look for the BIG umbrella.
Yet again making Vienna Beef Hot Dog History, Hot Dog University is opened to teach prospective hot dog stand owners the basics of the business.
121 years and counting. Here’s to the future and all that it will be!