When is Baconfest Chicago 2018?

Baconfest Chicago 2018 will be on Friday April 6 and Saturday April 7!

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

Saturday Lunch – April 7
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM VIP hour
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM General Admission Period

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

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What is Baconfest Chicago?

Baconfest Chicago is a nationally renowned, locally beloved festival dedicated to America’s favorite cured meat: bacon! At Baconfest, Chicago’s best chefs concoct and serve brilliant bacon dishes to thousands of passionate bacon lovers. Liquor sponsors provide cocktails, beer and wine designed to complement a bacon meal. Bacontrepreneurs and bacon-friendly brands exhibit their wares and connect with our bacon community. A panel of judges bestows the Golden Rasher  awards on chefs and guests for achievement in the bacon arts. It is a raucous, rockin’ good time for everybody involved.

Is Baconfest good for America?  Do you support a charity?

You betcha, Baconfest is good for America. We donate a portion of the proceeds to the Greater Chicago Food Depository; we host a raffle and food drive at the event to support the GCFD’s mission; we’ve even run Baconfest volunteer days at the Depository’s repacking warehouse to help eliminate hunger in our community. We’re proud that Baconfest supports this important work and we hope you’ll join us in supporting the GCFD too.

Where is Baconfest Chicago?

Baconfest Chicago happens at the UIC FORUM - 725 W Roosevelt Road – Chicago, IL 60608 View Map

For more info, visit UIC FORUM

How much are tickets?  How can I get them?!

All ticket types go on sale Monday, November 27 at 9:00 AM CST at our Ticketmaster.com ticketing page.

  • Early Bird General Admission tickets cost $65 + fees.  Limited quantity available!
  • Early Bird VIP tickets cost $130 + fees. Limited quantity available!

When Early Bird inventory is gone, ticket prices will go up:

  • General Admission tickets cost $85 + fees.
  • VIP tickets + $160 plus fees.

VIP tickets grant the holder early access to Baconfest – VIP ticket holders can attend the VIP Hour and the General Admission period for the session selected.

Each ticket allows access for one guest to the shift selected.  If you wish to attend multiple shifts, you’ll need to purchase tickets for each shift.

There are a few additional General Admission ticket types:

  • Bacon-Only / No Alcohol – $60 + fees: teetotalers save by sticking to complimentary soft drinks.
  • Group Rates (minimum quantity 5) – $65 + fees: bring the whole bacon posse and save.

These new rates are valid for advance purchase only and will not be available at the door.

In previous years, Baconfest tickets have sold out. We suggest you sign up for our email list. You can also follow us on Twitter (@baconfestchi) and like us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/baconfest) to receive updates on when tickets will go on sale and to get first notification of ticket giveaways and contests.

Fees? Ticketmaster? Ugh!

We feel you. The event spaces at the University of Illinois Chicago are subject to an exclusive contract with Ticketmaster.com for all online ticket sales. We are obliged by the terms of our rental contract with the Forum to use Ticketmaster.com to sell tickets.

Ticketmaster fees for our 2018 event are as follows:

  • Service Fee: $2.50 / ticket
  • Facility Charge: $1.00 / ticket
  • Order Processing Fee: $3.70 / transaction
  • Service Fee Sales Tax: $0.13 / ticket

You can avoid all fees (except the $1 / ticket Facility Charge) by purchasing tickets in person at the UIC Pavilion Box Office at 525 South Racine Ave. The UIC Pavilion Box Office is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

What is included?

Tickets are all-inclusive entry passes to our bacon wonderland.  When you buy a ticket for a shift, you get

- Access to the chef area and many tasting portions of the chefs’ bacon-ingenuity.
- Seven (7) Drink Tickets, each one good for a hefty tasting portion of each liquor sponsor’s wares.  Bacon-Only ticket holders do not receive drink tickets.
- Access to Baconfest’s exhibiting sponsors and experience partners who provide samples of ingenious bacon products (as available) and the opportunity to purchase those products bacon-related products.
- A Baconfest Tote Bag

Access to the chef area? What’s that about? How much bacon will I get to eat?

We will have tasting portions of bacon snacks from approximately 50 chef stations per shift. First come, first served until portions run out. We know there will be die-hards who will attempt to eat everything. We will not call you an ambulance. We know that some people will be happy to get tastes of their top 10 chefs. We anticipate that everyone will have bacon coming out of their ears before the day is out.

Can I get seconds of any of the dishes?

Will we be retina scanning you to see if you’ve already been to a table?  No.
 Do we trust your sense of fairness and respect for fellow guests? Yes!

Are kids allowed?

Kids under 10 can not be admitted to Baconfest Chicago. There will be a lot of people walking around with hot food, some will be drinking. Though we hate to discriminate against the next generation of Bacon-lovers, it’s in their best interest that we not allow bringing kids under 10 years of age. Everyone who attends, regardless of age, needs a ticket.

Are tickets transferable?

Yes. You may transfer your purchased tickets by using the Ticketmaster.com “Transfer Tickets” feature or by giving your tickets to your guest.

What about parking?

There is ample parking at UIC’s Lot 5 (1135 S Morgan) just a block from Baconfest for $10 / vehicle.