BaconFest Chicago


BaconFest Chicago

Dig in and pig out at BaconFest Chicago April 17 & 18 at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum and stay at the nearby and affordable Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside!

BaconFest Chicago will feature 300 chefs preparing amazing dishes from your favorite cured meat! Cocktails, beer and wine will be selected to compliment the menus! Walk among booths where bacon-connected businesses will display their wares. The Golden Rasher award will be presented to the top chef!

Restaurants include Big Bang Pie Shop (last year’s Golden Rasher winner), Black Dog Gelato (bacon for dessert—OMG), Husky Hog Barbeque, Kama Bistro, Firefly Grill, Porkchop and many, many more. Are you salivating yet? For a complete list, go to the website.

There will be three shifts of dining experience. Select: dinner on Friday, lunch on Saturday or dinner on Saturday. The chefs and restaurants will be different for each shift. Stroll and sample (the average attendee samples ten different bacon related foods), enjoy your seven drink tickets and even buy bacon gifts! Fill up your swag bag with tons of samples. Send bacon dessert to this writer!

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Forum is located at 725 West Roosevelt Road. Children under ten will not be admitted. This event sells out each year. For tickets, go to

Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside, just a short trip to the BaconFest Chicago event, provides free shuttle service to and from O’Hare Airport in Chicago. The hotel offers affordable, comfortable rooms, a breakfast bar and restaurant and much more. The hotel is pet friendly and offers AAA rates.