Mayor Richard Daley is betting a buffet on a Blackhawks victory over the Canucks.
On the line: 100 Vienna beef hot dogs, 100 polish sausages, plenty of Halfacre beer, Garrett's popcorn and Eli's Cheesecake, among other items.
"This is a working city, an immigrant city, and there's just something about the Blackhawks that inspires everyone out there," Daley said. "They work at it. They give a hundred percent on the ice, and that's what Chicago's all about."
So far no word on what Mayor Robertson will put up. Perhaps some salmon or poutine? Robertson's payment last year included cases of beer from Molson's and other Candian breweries, salmon, driel morel mushrooms and vegetarian blueberry sauce.
Daley said anything edible won this year would be donated to the Chicago Food Depository.
The Hawks' series with the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL Western Convference Semifinals begins Saturday night.