Greetings Bacon Nation General!

To those of you who are attending Baconfest Chicago, here is a little info we thought you should have to maximize your gastronomical pleasure.

LOCATION: 

UIC FORUM, 725 West Roosevelt Road

For directions, see: http://www.uic.edu/depts/uicforum/directions.shtml 

Photo by Anne Petersen. http://flickr.com/photos/opacity

AND TO BE 100% CLEAR, Baconfest Chicago 2016 is happening at the UIC Forum (not the UIC Pavillion).

TICKETS?
ARE TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE? Yes! Advance tickets can be purchased at baconfestchicago.com/ticket.
WILL THERE BE TICKETS AT THE DOOR?  Yes!  If the event is not sold out, we will be selling tickets at the door. Credit card purchases only.

Tips: 

WHEN TO ARRIVE 

SATURDAY LUNCH:
Check-in desks open at 10am. At 12noon General Admission guests may enter the Main Hall. Last call is at 2:30pm. The event ends at 3:00pm. You can feel free to arrive and check-in anytime from 10am on.  We’ll scan your ticket, we will give you your Baconfest bag, drink tickets and wristband. VIP Ticket holders can wait in the lobby.  General Admission ticket holders can line up outside in the plaza (or inside, if it rains) until we open the doors to the Fest.

SATURDAY DINNER
Check-in desks open at 5pm. At 7 pm General Admission guests may enter the Main Hall. Last call is at 9:30pm. The event ends at 10:00pm. You can feel free to arrive and check-in anytime from 5pm on. We’ll scan your ticket, we will give you your Baconfest bag, drink tickets and wristband. VIP Ticket holders can wait in the lobby.  General Admission ticket holders can line up outside in the plaza (or inside, if it rains) until we open the doors to the Fest.

SUNDAY BRUNCH
Check-in desks open at 10am. At 12noon General Admission guests may enter the Main Hall. Last call is at 2:30pm. The event ends at 3:00pm. You can feel free to arrive and check-in anytime from 10am on. After we scan your ticket, we will give you your Baconfest bag, drink tickets and wristband. VIP Ticket holders can wait in the lobby.  General Admission ticket holders can line up outside in the plaza (or inside, if it rains) until we open the doors to the Fest.

BRING YOUR TICKETS
We can scan printed tickets. We can scan tickets on your phone. We can scan PDFs in your phone’s email program. But if you don’t bring something with a barcode, we can’t scan it. If you didn’t receive your tickets, please look in your spam folder for an email from universe.com.  If you still can’t locate them, please email [email protected].

BRING YOUR GOVERNMENT-ISSUED PICTURE ID
We need to see your ID for two reasons: We will be checking IDs against names on tickets and we will card hard for drinks at the fest. If you cannot demonstrate that you are of legal age, you will not drink.

WHAT IF MY NAME’S NOT ON MY TICKET?
If somebody else bought your ticket and didn’t put your name on it, please be with them when you go to check in. We will not be able to check in anybody whose name is not on their ticket unless the purchaser is present.

WEAR COMFY CLOTHES
Dress is casual. Wear COMFY SHOES – it’s a milling around eating and moving kind of event. It is NOT a sit-down dining situation. Wear whatever you’ll be comfortable standing and moving in for your time with us.

BRING CANNED FOOD
for the Greater Chicago Food Depository Food Drive. Those who donate food will be rewarded with free raffle tickets. The more non-perishable food you bring, the more raffle tickets you’ll receive. If you don’t bring food, you can also buy raffle tickets for cash. And the raffle prizes are INCREDIBLE!

More info here: http://baconfestchicago.com/raffle-2016/

CONTEST OPPORTUNITIES

We will be offering the winners of the following “attendee contests” a pair (ONE pair per entry – even if there are more than one of you entering as a team) of GENERAL ADMISSION Tickets for 2017:

1. Best Baconfest “Costume” (nothing formal. It’s up to you to get noticed by our staff).
2. Best Single Photo taken at Baconfest – posted to Instagram by Monday, 5/2. Must tag username @Baconfest to be eligible to win and use hashtag #BaconfestChi.

Photo by Anne Petersen. http://flickr.com/photos/opacity

Other Recommendations 

PARKING: Ample parking is located in a pay lot two blocks west of the UIC Forum at 1135 S. Morgan St. Lot 5. ($10) http://g.co/maps/4y77t

PUBLIC TRANSIT: Options are plentiful. The Blue Line stop (one mile away) is UIC HALSTED and the #8 Halsted Bus stops right at the corner of Halsted and Roosevelt.

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LYFT: Need a ride to Baconfest? We’ve teamed up with Lyft to help. First-time Lyft users, get your first ride free up to $20. Simply download the app, create an account and enter the code BACONFESTCHI in the ‘Payment’ section.

See you this weekend.

 

Love,

Andre, Michael and Seth

 

  • April 27, 2016