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The 11th Annual Baconfest Chicago returns on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the UIC Dorin Forum (725 West Roosevelt) with a list of new restaurants and returning favorites over three sessions. Each session will offer a menu of bacon dishes and its own lineup of chefs.

As in previous years, Baconfest Chicago will support the Greater Chicago Food Depository with a donation from event proceeds, a raffle on site and a food drive at the event. Over its 10 year history, the event has generated more than $440,000 in donations to the area's largest food bank. This translates to more than 1.3 million meals for hungry people in the Chicagoland community. Find the full list of new and returning restaurants for Baconfest 2019 below: 


90 Miles Cuban Cafe

About Last Knife

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!


Concrete Cowboy

Copper Fox Gastropub


Drawl Southern Cookhouse & Whiskey

Fig & Olive

Flight Club


Good Measure

Osteria Bigolaro


Pink Taco

Simone’s Bar

Soul Kantina

Steingold’s of Chicago

Swill Inn

Taureaux Tavern


The Broken Barrel Bar

The Fat Shallot

The Feller

The Royal Grocer & Co.



312 Chicago

676 Restaurant & Bar

Angry Pig Tavern


Autre Monde Café & Spirits

Bangers & Lace – Evanston

Baptiste & Bottle

Bar Roma

Bar Takito

Batter and Berries

BBQ’d Productions, INC

Bistro Campagne

Bliss Culinary Heaven


Cantina Laredo

Carnivale Restaurant

Carnivore Inc

CheSa’s Gluten Free Food Truck

Chicago q

City Barbecue

Community Tavern

Cooking Skills Academy

Current Restaurant

Davanti Enoteca

Earl’s Drive Thru BBQ

Edzo’s Burger Shop

Farmhouse Chicago

Firecakes Donuts

Flo & Santos

Flo Cafe & Bar

Fred’s Garage

HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen

Half Day Brewing Company

Half Sour

Hearth Restaurant

Heritage Restaurant and Caviar Bar

Honey Butter Fried Chicken

Imperial Lamian

Italian Village Restaurants


Jordan’s Food of Distinction

Kaiser Tiger


Kitty O’Sheas


Le Bouchon

Links Taproom

Low & Slow BBQ

Market House on the Square

McWethy’s Sports Bar (formerly McQ’s Bar & Grill)

Michael Jordan’s Restaurant

Michael Jordan’s Steak House Chicago

Midnight Mac and Cheeserie

More Cupcakes

N’awlins Edibles Traveling Personal Chef Srvcs

Orso’s Restaurant

Paddy Long’s

Piece Pizzeria



Public House

Rack House Kitchen & Tavern

Roanoke Restaurant

Sheekar Delights

Showplace Icon Lobby Lounge

Smack Dab

Smylie Brothers Brewing Company

Son Of A Butcher

Sparrow Coffee Roastery

State & Lake Chicago Tavern

Steadfast – Ender Oktayuren

Stone Fox – Greg Hageli

Table, Donkey, and Stick

Tap House Grill

“The Ashburn – Loews Chicago O’Hare”

The Dawson

The Dearborn

The Delta

The Duck Inn

The Florentine

The Grill on the Alley

The Heritage

The Radler

The Roaming Hog

The Ruin Daily

The Signature Room at the 95th

Three Floyds Brewpub

Travelle at The Langham

Uncommon Ground

Velvet Taco

Victory Tap




Wood Fire Counter

World of Whirlpool

Wow Bao

Wrigley BBQ

XO Marshmallow


Ticket Tiers:

  • General Admission: $85 (+ fees)

  • VIP: $160 (+ fees)

  • Bacon-Only: $60 (+ fees) for bacon tastings only (no drink tickets)

  • Group General Admission: $70 (+ fees) each for a minimum purchase of 5 tickets

General Admission tickets offer access to a three-hour tasting session of their choice with unlimited tastings of creative bacon dishes. VIP tickets give guests an hour of early access to the annual pork-a-palooza. All ticket types (other than Bacon-Only) include 7 drink tickets good for beer, wine and cocktails.

Dates & Times:

Friday Dinner - April 5

  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM VIP Hour

  • 7:00 PM -10:00 PM General Admission Period

Saturday Lunch - April 6

Presented by Jewel-Osco

  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM VIP Hour

  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM General Admission Period

Saturday Dinner - April 6

  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM VIP Hour

  • 7:00 PM -10:00 PM General Admission Period

The Golden Rasher Awards

Chefs compete in two categories: Most Creative Use of Bacon and Best Front of House Presentation, with winners taking home engraved pewter pigs. Most Creative Use of Bacon comes in two flavors: Judges’ Choice, awarded by a panel of handpicked judges from the Chicago food world and Peoples’ Choice, selected by Baconfest attendees who vote for their favorite by text message. For the bacon public, a prize is offered for Best Bacon Poem.


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