Baconfest Chicago Sets Lineup For Delicious Return

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Bacon lovers in Chicago are rejoicing, as the 12th annual Baconfest is set to return to the UIC Dorin Forum on Saturday, April 18th.

The event features bacon-themed dishes from dozens of different restaurants, created by some of the top chefs in the city and suburbs.

This year's Baconfest will feature two sessions, one for lunch and another for dinner. Here are the participating restaurants:

Baconfest Lunch

Bistro Campagne
Community Tavern
Davanti Enoteca
Ella’s BBQ
Farmhouse Chicago
Flo & Santos
Goose Island Brewpub
Jordan’s Food of Distinction
Kaiser Tiger
Kitty O’Sheas
Latinicity Food Hall
Market House on the Square
Mercat a la Planxa
Murray Bros. Caddyshack
N’awlins Edibles Traveling Chef
NoMI Kitchen
One Lake Brewing
Paddy Long’s
Phillipe C’est Bon
Piece Pizzeria and Brewery
Sheekar Delights
Smack Dab
Smylie Brothers Brewing Company
Soul Kantina
The Broken Barrel Bar
The Dearborn
The Signature Room at the 95th
Travelle at The Langham
Wow Bao

Baconfest Dinner

Amazing Edibles Catering
Asadito Taco
Bangers & Lace – Evanston
Bar Roma
Bar Takito
Batter & Berries
Berger Station
Cafe ba ba Reeba!
Cantina Laredo 
CheSa’s Gluten Free Food Truck
Chicago Q
City Barbeque
Copper Fox Gastropub
CRĪO Bar and Restaurant
Edzo’s Burger Shop
Fire Thyme
Flo Cafe & Bar
Gale Street Inn
Good Measure
Goose Island Brewpub
Imperial Lamian
Izakaya Mita
Rack House Kitchen & Tavern
Safehouse Chicago
The Bageler’s Coffeehouse
The Florentine
The Grill On The Alley
The Grillroom Chophouse and Winebar
The Roaming Hog
The Royal Grocer & Co. 
Three Floyds Brewpub
Torali Italian-Steak
Townhouse Restaurant & Wine Bar
XO Marshmallow

A full schedule of events can be found on the festival’s website.

General admission tickets for the event cost $85, and come with a three hour tasting session. Bacon-Only tickets will set you back $60, and will not come with drink tickets, and a VIP ticket is available for $160 and comes with an hour of early access for bacon enthusiasts.

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