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Baconfest Chicago 2017

03/31/2017 @ 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Daily until 04/01/2017
UIC Pavillion
725 W Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL 60607
GA $75-$100; VIP $175-$200

Baconfest Chicago 2017

Baconfest Chicago 2017

Baconfest is a fun-filled, walk-around tasting event featuring the most creative bacon dishes from the best chefs in Chicago.

Baconfest Chicago 2017 will be on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the UIC Forum (725 West Roosevelt).


On the festival floor, the hottest chefs from the finest local restaurants prepare and serve small plates starring bacon. The best mixologists and brewers quench thirst with refreshing bacon-based and bacon-inspired cocktails and brews. Luxury brands, artisan bacon-makers, and bacontrepreneurs display, sample, and sell a multitude of local craft bacons and bacon-related products. Guests grab a Baconfest: Guide to Bacon playbill and walk around in a bacon-lover’s Nirvana. To celebrate special achievement in the bacon arts, we give out Golden Rasher Awards (the Oscars of the bacon world) to pro and amateur chefs as well as the winners of our Bacon arts poetry, video, song, and other contests. Best of all, Baconfest is good for America. We donate a portion of proceeds from ticket sales, host raffles and organize sponsor matching donations to local food charities. Since 2009, Baconfest has raised over $300,000 enabling partners like the Greater Chicago Food depository to distribute more than 924,000 meals to hungry people in the area.  Although we are not a 501 c3 non-profit, our charitable giving is central to our event and to our identity.


We all remember our first taste of bacon. Maybe it wasn’t perfect: maybe the bacon was cold; maybe there was congealed bacon grease clinging to the rasher. But we remember it, because it opened the door to a lifetime of bacon memories. It was that first crispy step on the path to a bacony life. It set the bar for every slab and slice and hunk of sweet cured pork that was to follow. Baconfest USA is in the business of creating new bacon memories. To that end, we find it convenient to list our beliefs about bacon so that you may discern whether the bacon memories we offer are the ones you’ll want lodged in your head.

Friday Dinner – March 31
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM VIP Hour
7:00 PM -10:00 PM General Admission Period

Saturday Lunch – April 1
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM VIP hour
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM General Admission Period

Saturday Dinner – April 1
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM VIP Hour
7:00 PM -10:00 PM General Admission Period


General Admission Tickets
Early Bird Price: $75 + fees (limited quantity!)
Full Price: $100 + fees

VIP Tickets
Early Bird Price: $175 + fees (limited quantity!)
Full Price: $200 + and the UIC Forum apply the following fees to online purchases:

  • Service Fee: $2.25 / ticket
  • Facility Charge: $1.00 / ticket
  • Order Processing Fee: $3.60 / transaction
  • Service Fee Sales Tax: $0.12 / ticket

What is Baconfest Chicago?
Baconfest Chicago is a nationally renowned, locally beloved festival dedicated to America’s favorite cured meat: bacon! At Baconfest, Chicago’s best chefs concoct and serve brilliant bacon dishes to thousands of passionate bacon lovers. Liquor sponsors provide cocktails, beer and wine designed to complement a bacon meal. Bacontrepreneurs and bacon-friendly brands exhibit their wares and connect with our bacon community. A panel of judges bestows the Golden Rasher awards on chefs and guests for achievement in the bacon arts. It is a raucous, rockin’ good time for everybody involved.

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