The 2020 edition of Baconfest Chicago is canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More Info on the Cancellation

Saturday Lunch – April 18
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM VIP Hour
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM General Admission

Saturday Dinner – April 18
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM VIP Hour
7:00 PM -10:00 PM General Admission



Premiering Friday April 17, Da Best Fest is a new chef tasting festival devoted to the iconic dishes of the Chicago culinary landscape.  Try creative and traditional versions of all your Chicago favorites; plus get to know a few Chicago originals you may not have tried.  Think Italian beef, hot dogs, pizza, flaming saganaki, jibaritos, aquarium-smoked rib tips, chicken Vesuvio, shrimp de Jonghe and more.

Ticket Bundles including Baconfest Saturday Dinner and Da Best Fest are available!

More info here:

Price Options

General Admission Tickets
Full Price: $85 + fees
Three hours of bacon splendor, up to 7 drink tickets included.

VIP Tickets
Full Price: $160 + fees
Includes all of the above plus one hour of early access to Baconfest.

Bacon-Only / No Alcohol – General Admission
$60 + fees –  Don’t drink?  Save with Bacon-Only tickets – take advantage of unlimited bacon dishes and complimentary soft drinks.  No  alcoholic drinks included in admission; alcoholic beverages are NOT available for purchase.  Whether you’re the designated driver, younger than 21 or just a teetotaler, this is the option for you. Limited quantities of Bacon-Only tickets are available!

Group Rate General Admission (Minimum 5)
$70 + fees – Bring your whole bacon-posse and save.  Buy 5 or more general admission advance tickets and save $20 on each ticket.  Unlimited bacon dishes from our chefs and seven drink tickets per ticket holder redeemable for beer, wine and cocktails included.  Limited quantities of group tickets are available.

Ticket Bundles
To welcome our sister event Da Best Fest to the world, we’re offering ticket bundles for customers who wish to attend both Da Best Fest on Friday April 17 and Baconfest’s Dinner session on Saturday April 18.

  • General Admission Bundles – $140 + fees: save $20 and get GA tickets to Da Best Fest and Baconfest Saturday Dinner
  • VIP Bundles – $240 + fees: save $50 and get VIP tickets to Da Best Fest and Baconfest Saturday Dinner

Click on “Buy Saturday Dinner” and choose the bundle options.

What do I get?
Ticket prices include unlimited creative bacon dishes from approximately 30-40 chefs and samples from all of our exhibitors at the shift selected.  All ticket types (except Bacon-Only) include seven (7) drink tickets redeemable for paired beer, wine and cocktails from our partners.

Each ticket gives the holder access to Baconfest Chicago during the selected session. VIP ticket holders get access to the VIP Hour for the session selected – one hour of no-line, no-crowd, bacon pleasure – as well as the General Admission period for the shift selected.

Terms and Conditions
All sales are final. Tickets to Baconfest Chicago are non-refundable.

Tickets are transferrable. Tickets may be transferred by the purchaser using’s “Transfer Tickets” feature or by giving your tickets to the recipient.

Security Policy – PLEASE READ
The UIC Dorin Forum will be using metal detectors to screen attendees upon entrance into the venue.  As part of their security regimen, there is a new policy in place that limits what sort and size of bags are allowed to be carried into Baconfest.

  • The best option is to leave all bags at home if you can.
  • If you must have a bag at Baconfest, the best bag to bring is a small bag made of transparent material (no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”).
  • If you don’t have a small transparent bag, small non-transparent bags and purses will be allowed after being searched (no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”). This search may delay your entry into Baconfest. 
  • Larger bags WILL NOT be allowed in the venue and should be left at home.
Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection.
All guests must pass through metal detectors to enter the UIC Dorin Forum for Baconfest.


Fees and the UIC Dorin Forum apply the following fees to online purchases:

  • Service Fee: $7 / ticket
  • UIC Dorin Forum Facility Charge: $1.00 / ticket

You can avoid the service fee (but not the $1 / ticket Facility Charge) by purchasing tickets in person at the UIC Pavilion Box Office (525 South Racine Ave). The UIC Pavilion Box Office is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.