I'm going to be in Chicago the weekend after next, primarily to checkout the hot dog and Italian beef places. I got a lot of great suggestions last year from this board, but my visit was canceled because of 9/11. If anything has changed, hot dog wise, between then and now, I'd like to hear it. Otherwise I have an excellent eating plan from last year's advice.
I am also looking for suggestions as the best hotel / motor lodge that will place me in the middle of Chicago hot dogs and similar without putting me through too much of that infamous Chicago traffic.