Greetings Bacon Nation,

Mark your calendars!

Baconfest Chicago 2017 will be held on Friday March 31 and Saturday April 1, 2017 at the UIC FORUM (725 West Roosevelt). 

Want tickets?  Our annual holiday presale will go live at noon (Central) on Wednesday, December 7.

To get yours on Wednesday at noon, go to:

Pork & Mindy's

photo credit: Ben Collins-Sussman

We’re placing a limited quantity of discounted Early Bird General Admission and VIP tickets on sale.   If Early Bird tickets sell out, you’ll still be able to purchase full-price General Admission and VIP tickets.  That means, no matter what, you’ll have a perfect gift for the bacon-lover in your life.

Early Bird General Admission tickets will be $75 plus fees; when they’re gone, full price GA tickets will cost $100 + fees.

Early Bird VIP tickets will be $175 plus fees; when those are gone, VIP prices go up to $200 + fees.

Every ticket to Baconfest is all-inclusive – you’ll get all the bacon you can handle from our chefs and all the beer, wine and cocktails your heart desires.  VIP tickets get you an hour of early, no-lines, no-crowds access to our bacon-palooza.

Mercat a la Planxa - Arroz De Iberico Pancetta - Winner of Most Creative Use of Bacon - Baconfest 20 26759095165 copy

photo credit: Anne Petersen

There are a very limited quantity of Early Bird tickets available.  Early Bird pricing expires when the inventory is exhausted or on December 31 at midnight – whichever comes first.  If you get to the site and don’t see Early Bird tickets available, that means that they’ve sold out.

As always, this early-bird offer is for the Bacon die-hards out there.  We’ll announce the chef roster in early February and the menu at the beginning of March.  So, if you want to wait and see if your favorite chef will be back, we understand.  But if you know that you’re going to want to be at Baconfest no matter what, you might as well save a few bucks and get your springtime pork calendar in order.

The Bad Apple - Baconology - Winner of Best Front of House - Baconfest 2016 - Saturday dinner - pigg 26683251461

photo credit: Anne Petersen

Here’s the new schedule – please note: Baconfest is a month earlier than last year, and Friday Dinner is BACK after our one-year flirtation with Sunday Brunch!

Friday Dinner – March 31
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM VIP Hour
7:00 PM -10:00 PM General Admission Period

Saturday Lunch – April 1
11:00 A – 12:00 PM VIP hour
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM General Admission Period

Saturday Dinner – April 1
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM VIP Hour
7:00 PM -10:00 PM General Admission Period

At each session, Chicago’s most inventive chefs will blow your mind with creative dishes that show bacon off in all its many-splendored facets.  Local mixologists will craft spectacular beverages to pair with those dishes. Beer will flow by the gallon. Bacon makers and luxury brands will be on hand to sample their wares and connect with you, the bacon-community.

If you are a bacon fan in Chicagoland, by now you know us. You know the event ROCKS. You know we’ll do everything in our power to make sure you have a great experience with our amazing chefs, sponsors, and other exhibitors as we gather together to celebrate bacon. You know we support an incredible charity partner, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, for whom you’ve helped us raise over $350,000 since we began. We hope you know what a pleasure it would be for Baconfest to have you return to party with us once again.

For anyone not familiar with our event, please join our mailing list and follow us on Facebook and Twitter so that you can stay tuned for details about next year’s mega-bacon-spectacular. Check out our recap of the 2016 fest!

If you are a chef/restaurant/sponsor/exhibitor and you are a veteran of Baconfest Chicago, rest assured, we will reach out to you individually to invite you to return. If you are new to Baconfest and would like to exhibit, e-mail for more info.

More details to follow, but save these dates!! SAVE THESE DATES: 3/31/2017 AND 4/1/2017.