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It’s that time of year when Bacon Nation asks the question of all questions… What’s on the menu at Baconfest Chicago? This year the 2018 Baconfest Chicago Menu will surprise and delight bacon fans across the City of Big Shoulders.


Friday Dinner April 6

VIP Hour 6 to 7 PM

General Admission 7 to 10  PM

Jam Restaurant -  The Elvis featuring Jam’s malted custard french toast, peanut butter, maple banana, bacon jam by Ian Voakes.

Links Taproom - Dr. Filogood with bacon and pistachio baklava topped with caramelized bacon, vanilla pudding and pistachio crumbles by Dimitris Mallios.

Miss Ricky’s  -  Maple Chili Bacon Cruller featuring bacon Cruller stuffed with onion chili butter cream glazed with maple chili bacon floss by Moosah Reaume.

PR Italian Bistro - Frittole del Carnevale Veneziano (Venetian Carnival Donuts)  includes Venetian donuts with Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon, grappa-soaked raisins, raspberry cream cheese, bacon bottarga, and bourbon maple syrup by Stefano Roman.

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel - Moody Reuben with bourbon-glazed pork belly, pickled red cabbage, smoked dressing, baby swiss, dark molasses bun by Leah Turowski Vie - Bacon Pibil  with creamed hominy, fried hominy, candied lime zest, cilantro, pickled cherry bomb peppers by  Eddie Duracka.

Saturday Lunch April 7

VIP Hour 11 AM to Noon

General Admission Noon to 3 PM

Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits  - Bacon Fat Grits made with a crumbled candied bacon pimento cheese, topped with bacon lardons and a chive garnish by Emily Stewart.

Birrieria Zaragoza - Sonoran Hot Dog featuring bacon-wrapped hot dog with Mexican fixings like pico de gallo, frijoles by Jonathan Zaragoza. Carnivale – Maple Bacon Pops with Cherrywood smoked bacon, pure Wisconsin maple syrup, fresh arctic ice by Rodolfo Cuadros.

Community Tavern - Bacon & Apple Kimchi served with scallion yogurt and rice crackers with bacon fat and sesame by Joey Beato. Inspiration Kitchen -  Bacon Pistachio Beet Empanada  with mint basil goat cheese drizzle by Rick Paniagua.

Kaiser Tiger - Bacon Tiger Tacos with Nueske’s bacon, cabbage slaw, pico de gallo, and chipotle Tiger sauce on a corn tortilla. No tigers were harmed in the making of this dish by Roberto Jacobo.

Saturday Dinner April 7

VIP Hour 6 to 7 PM

General Admission 7 to 10  PM

312Chicago - Bacon Ricotta Gnocchi  with carbonara sauce, cured egg and parmesan by Luca Corazzina

Baptiste & Bottle - Heirloom Blue Corn Gorditas with Bacon Al Pastor by  James Lintelmann.

Inovasi - Darjeeling Smoked Pork Belly featuring cured and Darjeeling tea-smoked pork belly, chocolate, aji panca chile, mache salad John Des Rosiers

Kimski - Smokehouse Fried Rice with Bacon, smoked chicken and Polish sausage by Anthony Baier.

Mercat a la Planxa - Bacon Cigarette featuring  Bacon Glass and avocado by Diego Amat.

Smack Dab/Rogers Park Social - Bacon Jam Cinnamon Roll featuring a sweet roll filled with bacon cinnamon jam, topped with classic icing served with Bacon Washed Irish Coffee made with bacon-washed Chicago Distilling Blind Tiger Bourbon, Halfwit Roasters coffee, maple whipped cream  by Axel Erkenswick.

Son of A Butcher  - Maple Bacon Bourbon Popsicles by Rick Rodriguez.


The Old Forester Speakeasy, available to VIP ticket holders,  is a private lounge just steps away from the main hall where whiskey lovers can relive the prohibition era with cocktails featuring Old Forester premium bourbon as well as tasting flights of the Old Forester Whiskey Row Series. These tasting flights will offer a drinkable tour of bourbon history in the form of rare expressions of this classic American spirit.


The tenth edition of Baconfest Chicago will be held on April 6 & 7, 2018 at the UIC Forum at 725 West Roosevelt in Chicago.  For their ten year anniversary, Baconfest Chicago is offering new tickets levels for bacon lovers on any budget. Tickets start at $60, plus fees, and are on sale now at


Baconfest Chicago supports the Greater Chicago Food Depository with a donation from event proceeds, a raffle on site and a food drive at the event. Over its nine year history, the event has generated more than $400,000 in donations to the area's largest food bank. This translates to more than 1.2 million meals for hungry people in our community.


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