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Food Festival

From the creators of Baconfest, Da Best Fest is a new chef tasting festival devoted to the dishes of the Chicago culinary landscape. Guests will sample new and traditional versions of all Chicago favorites, plus get to know a few lesser-known Chicago originals. Think Italian beef, hot dogs, pizza, flaming saganaki, jibaritos, aquarium-smoked rib tips, chicken Vesuvio, shrimp de Jonghe, malort, and more.

Da Best Fest debuts Friday, April 17, 2020, from 6pm-10pm at the UIC Dorin Forum (725 W Roosevelt). Ticket prices include the opportunity to try dishes from approximately 40 chefs and to try samples from participating exhibitors. All ticket types include seven (7) drink tickets redeemable for paired beer, wine, and cocktails.

Today, event organizers released a first look at the current line-up of participating restaurants.

312Chicago - Luca Corazzina

676 Restaurant & Bar - Dominique LeBlanc Beers

Bangers & Lace - Evanston

Berger Station - Ivan Gonzalez

Black Dog Gelato - Jess Oloroso

Cantina Laredo - Daniel Espinoza

Chicago Chop House - Martin Martinez

Cooking Skills Academy - Paul Guerrero

Four Star Artisan - Kurt Guzowski and Thomas Rice

Goose Island Brewpub - Henry Pariser

Heritage Restaurant and Caviar Bar - Guy Meikle

Hermosa - Ethan Eang Lim

Jim's Original - Betty Domagala

Labriola Chicago - Tim Donohoe

Le Bouchon

Links Taproom - Josh Bushnick

Mesler Kitchen - Matthew Cappellini

Michael Jordan's Steak House - Craig Couper

Orso's Restaurant

Osteria Bigolaro - Anthony Gargano

Phillipe C'est Bon - Phillipe Sobon

Pinstripes - Juan Gonzalez

Spacca Napoli - Jonathan Goldsmith

Stan's Donuts & Coffee - Susan Barnett

State and Lake Chicago Tavern - Nathan Sears

The Broken Barrel Bar - Bryant Anderson

The Duck Inn - Kevin Hickey

The Heritage - Nariba Shepherd

The Royal Grocer & Co. - Shane Graybeal

Victory Tap Chicago - Joseph Farina

World of Whirlpool - Luke Creagan

XO Marshmallow - Melissa Humphrey

Restaurant registration is still open and the roster is expected to change as the event approaches. 

“Da Best Fest was born out of a love of Chicago’s home-grown cuisine and its distinctive neighborhoods,” said Seth Zurer, Co-Founder of Da Best Fest & Baconfest. “The fest will be a fantastic mix of classic takes and intriguing interpretations. It will be a great introduction to those not familiar with some of these canonical dishes, like The Mother-In-Law or Sweet Steak Sandwich. I hope to see some truly unique creations that take these beloved bites and turn them inside out to blow everyone’s minds. Da Best Fest will be a consumable love letter to Chicago and all of its delicious parts.”

Tickets available at

●      General Admission: 7:00 PM -10: 00 PM: $75 + fees

●      VIP Tickets: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM: $130 + fees

Discounts are available for bundles, including tickets to Da Best Fest and Baconfest Chicago’s Saturday Dinner session.

●      General Admission Bundles – $140 + fees: save $20 and get GA tickets to Da Best Fest and Baconfest Saturday Dinner

●      VIP Bundles – $240 + fees: save $50 and get VIP tickets to Da Best Fest and Baconfest Saturday Dinner


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