Prepare to Squeal at the Deliciousness of Baconfest Chicago

Anne Petersen

There will be a festival dedicated to bacon at the UIC Forum. If you need to continue reading instead of just buying tickets to Baconfest Chicago I question your taste buds.

Baconfest Chicago is cured-meat madness as over 100 chefs create delicious bacon concoctions that last year included dishes like tropical pork belly satay, bacon and wild boar arepas, bacon and fudge ice cream, among other plates. Held over two days with three different sessions, this festival will satisfy every bacon dream—even the ones you haven’t had yet.

This year you can expect some of the city’s best chef’s including Carnivale’s Rodolfo Cuadros cooking Iberico bacon and foie gras parfait, Kaiser Tiger’s Roberto Jacabo making barbecue bacon meatballs, The Signature Room at the 95th’s Cardel Reid preparing bourbon-glazed smoked pork shoulder tacos, and Bottlefork’s Kevin Hickey offering bacon churros. The chefs are not only there to serve the public, but they are also competing for the Golden Rasher Award. A portion of the proceeds also go to Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Baconfest Chicago takes place March 31–April 1 at the UIC Forum, 725 Roosevelt Rd. There are three sessions: March 31 from 7 p.m.–10 p.m., April 1 from 12 p.m.–3 p.m., and April 1 from 7 p.m.–10 p.m. Tickets start at $60 and are up to $200 if you want VIP tickets. For tickets and more information visit

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