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Fluky's began in Chicago in 1929 on Maxwell and Halsted Streets. Founded by Abe Drexler, the original stand is widely acknowledged as the originator of the Chicago-style hot dog. They sold what was known as a "Depression Sandwich," a frankfurter on a bun with mustard, pickle relish, onion, dill pickle, hot peppers, lettuce and tomatoes, accompanied by french fries, for 5 cents. Today, Fluky's hot dog doesn't come with lettuce, but is much the same.
Still owned by the Drexler family, Fluky's maintains a stand in a Wal-Mart in Niles. The one-time chain had dwindled by the time the last city of Chicago Fluky's, 6821 N. Western Ave., changed its name to U Lucky Dawg on February 14, 2006; that site had been owned by a licensee for the previous ten years. A later location in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, was open only a short time.
In the intro to the third season of the sitcom Roseanne, the daughter Darlene is seen wearing a Fluky's T-shirt.
- Fluky's website
- Zeldes, Leah A. (31-MAR-06). "New name, same good dogs at landmark stand". Daily Herald (goliath.ecnext.com). Retrieved 2008-05-13. When the Fluky's sign on Western Avenue came down in February, a lot of hot-dog lovers' hearts sank. This was the only freestanding location and the last city site of the venerable wiener purveyor that, most agree, originated the Chicago-style hot dog back in the Depression.
- Apple, R.W. (April 14, 2004). "A TASTE OF CHICAGO: Stand-Up Food in a City of Big Appetites". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-13.[dead link] Fluky's, which claims to have invented the salad-laden dog on Maxwell Street in Depression-ridden 1929, when it sold for a nickel
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