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Baconfest Chicago announces participants for 2019 ‘pork-a-palooza’

City Barbecue's smoked double-pork nachos were just one of the dishes featured at Baconfest 2018. A wide variety of bacon dishes are presented by Chicago-area restaurants at the annual event. | Courtesy Baconfest

There will be dozens of new restaurants and even more returning favorites to check out at the 11th Baconfest Chicago when it runs April 5-6 at the UIC Dorin Forum (725 W. Roosevelt). Some of the best restaurants/chefs and mixologists will be presenting their favorite bacon-themed snacks —baked, fried, smoked, cured, sweet, savory, salty and more — and bacon-themed/infused cocktails at the annual self-described “pork-a-palooza.”

In addition to the noshing, Baconfest will bestow its Golden Rasher Awards (the Oscars of the bacon universe) to  participants in recognition of special achievement in the bacon arts.

Plenty of bacon and pork-themed products such as candy, sauces, wines, collectibles and more also will be available for purchase.

Thousands of patrons attended the 2018 edition of Baconfest Chicago. | Courtesy Baconfest

Thousands of patrons attended the 2018 edition of Baconfest Chicago. | Courtesy Baconfest

Tickets (three sessions are available: 6 to 10 p.m. April 5 and 6, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 5): $60 (for bacon tastings only, no drink tickets); $70 (group general admission, minimum 5 tickets purchase); $85 (general admission); and $160 (VIP, one hour early access). All tickets, unless otherwise noted, include 7 drink tickets. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Here’s the list of this year’s participants:


90 Miles Cuban Cafe
About Last Knife
Blue Door Kitchen & Garden
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!
Concrete Cowboy
Copper Fox Gastropub
Drawl Southern Cookhouse & Whiskey
Fig & Olive
Flight Club
Good Measure
Osteria Bigolaro
Pink Taco
Simone’s Bar
Soul Kantina
Steingold’s of Chicago
Swill Inn
Taureaux Tavern
The Broken Barrel Bar
The Fat Shallot
The Feller
The Royal Grocer & Co.

312 Chicago
676 Restaurant & Bar
Angry Pig Tavern
Autre Monde Café & Spirits
Bangers & Lace – Evanston
Baptiste & Bottle
Bar Roma
Bar Takito
Batter and Berries
BBQ’d Productions, INC
Bistro Campagne
Bliss Culinary Heaven
Cantina Laredo
Carnivale Restaurant
Carnivore Inc
CheSa’s Gluten Free Food Truck
Chicago q
City Barbecue
Community Tavern
Cooking Skills Academy
Current Restaurant
Davanti Enoteca
Earl’s Drive Thru BBQ

Edzo’s Burger Shop
Farmhouse Chicago
Firecakes Donuts
Flo & Santos
Flo Cafe & Bar
Fred’s Garage
HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen
Half Day Brewing Company
Half Sour
Hearth Restaurant
Heritage Restaurant and Caviar Bar
Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Imperial Lamian
Italian Village Restaurants
Jordan’s Food of Distinction
Kaiser Tiger
Kitty O’Sheas
Le Bouchon
Links Taproom
Low & Slow BBQ
Market House on the Square
McWethy’s Sports Bar (formerly McQ’s Bar & Grill)
Michael Jordan’s Restaurant
Michael Jordan’s Steak House Chicago
Midnight Mac and Cheeserie
More Cupcakes
N’awlins Edibles Traveling Personal Chef Srvcs
Orso’s Restaurant
Paddy Long’s
Piece Pizzeria
Public House
Rack House Kitchen & Tavern
Roanoke Restaurant
Sheekar Delights
Showplace Icon Lobby Lounge
Smack Dab
Smylie Brothers Brewing Company
Son Of A Butcher
Sparrow Coffee Roastery
State & Lake Chicago Tavern
Steadfast – Ender Oktayuren
Stone Fox – Greg Hageli
Table, Donkey, and Stick
Tap House Grill
“The Ashburn – Loews Chicago O’Hare”
The Dawson
The Dearborn
The Delta
The Duck Inn
The Florentine
The Grill on the Alley
The Heritage
The Radler
The Roaming Hog
The Ruin Daily
The Signature Room at the 95th
Three Floyds Brewpub
Travelle at The Langham
Uncommon Ground
Velvet Taco
Victory Tap
Wood Fire Counter
World of Whirlpool
Wow Bao
Wrigley BBQ
XO Marshmallow