FAQs

You may have a few questions about eating Hot Dogs for prizes. Here are some bite-sized answers.


All I have to do is eat at more Hot Dog Stands than anyone else to win fame and glory?

That’s the idea! Read about how the contest works in the official rules. You also win more than fame and glory—check out the prizes!


How long does the contest run?

The Hot Dog Stand Challenge starts on August 19 and runs through October 17, 2021.


How do I know which Hot Dog Stands are participating?

Check the map of Participating Hot Dog Stands for the full list.


When will winners be announced?

We’ll announce the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Stand Challenge champions about two weeks after the contest ends. We will coordinate the prize package delivery directly with the challenge winners.


Do I have to be a resident of Chicago to enter?

No! We love Chicagoland, but we also love our neighbors! If you’re 18 or older and a legal resident of Illinois, Indiana or Wisconsin, you’re eligible to enter.


How do I scan a QR code?

Most smartphones can scan QR codes without a separate app. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open the camera app on your phone.
  2. Select the rear-facing camera and hold your phone so that the whole QR code is in frame. You may need to adjust how close you are to the QR code so the image is in focus.
  3. Tap the notification to open the link associated with the QR code.

I scanned a QR code and didn’t receive a confirmation. What should I do?

Try checking in again. If it goes through, you’re golden! If you get an error message saying you have scanned in at that location in the last hour, you have already checked in. If there are more issues, please get in touch by emailing [email protected].


Do I receive an entry if I order for delivery?

While we appreciate your support of local Hot Dog Stands, unfortunately you will be unable to scan a QR code to check in at a location when ordering delivery.


Do I have to upload anything to social media?

Nope. But we’d love it if you mentioned us in your Hot Dog Stand adventures!
#HotDogStandChallenge #ViennaBeef


I have more questions about Hot Dogs, this contest and Chicagoland. Also, what should I have for dinner?

We’re happy to answer whatever questions you may have about the contest or our Hot Dogs. Reach out by sending an email to [email protected]. For everything else, there’s the internet.