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Tickets for the 4th Annual Mac & Cheese Fest, on Saturday, November 4 at the UIC Forum are now on sale. This year, the Fest is offering $10 off for the first 500 tickets sold for those who sign up for their newsletter. General Admission tickets are $65 and include all-you-can-eat access and five drink tickets (good for beer, wine or spirits). VIP includes all-you-can-eat access, five drink tickets, a festival t-shirt and access to VIP seating.

There will be two sessions with a Lunch Session (12-3 p.m.) and a Dinner Session (6-9pm.) Again, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana. In total, the fest has donated a total of $35,000.

This year’s restaurants include Baptiste & Bottle, Kitty O’Shea’s, Sunda, Hampton Social, Carnival and more.

Each session of Mac & Cheese Fest will feature approximately 50 Chicago chefs featuring their versions of Mac and Cheese, inspired from cultures, family traditions and their restaurant’s menu. Chefs will be asked to use any kind of pasta with any type of cheese as the primary ingredients. One lucky chef per session will take home “The Golden Noodle” as the best Mac & Cheese. There will also be runner ups, best presentation and most creative. Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges, including media, influencers and Mac & Cheese enthusiasts.

Tickets are available for purchase at:


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