Baconfest Chicago 2018

Baconfest Chicago 2018

Baconfest Chicago 2018

Grab your water and hold on to your forks, Chicago’s annual Baconfest is back this year and better than ever! Choose from three different tasting sessions and join fellow bacon-lovers and hundreds of chefs at the UIC Forum, Friday April 6 and Saturday, April 7.


The Fest

Starting April 6, chefs from over 140 restaurants will fill the UIC Forum with every bacon dish imaginable. Things like bacon and grits, porky puffs and bacon jam doughnuts will all be in attendance. On April 6, a dinner session will be offered from 7 – 10 p.m. and on April 7, a lunch (12 – 3 p.m.) and dinner (7 – 10 p.m.) session will be offered. One hour before each session is the VIP Hour, when attendees with VIP tickets can enjoy all of the bacon without the hassle of long lines. The restaurants represented will be different for each session so that guests are able to have a new experience each day. Most of the 2018 menu and featured restaurants have been officially released and can be viewed here.


Helping End Hunger

While Baconfest serves many bites to its fest attendees, it also feeds those that do not attend. Every year, Baconfest partners with the Greater Chicago Food Depository in an effort to help end hunger in Chicago. A portion of the event’s proceeds are donated to the organization. Since 2010, Baconfest has made 1,217,958 meals available to hungry Chicagoans.



General admission tickets are $85 and include three hours of bacon, up to 7 drink tickets and a complimentary tote bag. Designated drivers or under 21-year-olds can purchase bacon-only tickets for $60. Bacon-only tickets include unlimited dishes and complimentary soft drinks. VIP tickets cost $160 and include the perks of a general admission ticket, along with one hour of early access. For complete ticket information, visit the ticket webpage.

Once you’ve had your fill of all that Baconfest has to offer, consider staying at the City Suites Hotel where you can relax and rehydrate for day two of treats. Don’t wait, buy your tickets soon and prepare for the best fest of the year!




Where: UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

When: April 6, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 pm. | April 7, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Admission: General $85+



City Suites Hotel

A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.