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The Classic is bringing all-inclusive suds and grub to the heart of downtown Chicago. Sample 50+ craft beers from regional breweries, try 25+ original bacon dishes and unlimited bacon strips, play giant Jenga and cornhole, compete in a bacon eating contest, and more at the Daley Center Plaza.

 

General Admission

CHOOSE: 1pm or 6pm

  • Party at the Daley Center Plaza
  • Indulge in 3 hours of unlimited bacon dishes and craft beer
  • Enjoy live music and games
  • Sample with a commemorative glass
  • Explore with our mobile app

Starting at $55 $59

VIP

CHOOSE: 12pm or 5pm

  • Enjoy everything included in GA
  • Enter the festival one hour early through an exclusive line
  • Beat the rush inside and out!

Starting at $69


Participating Restaurants

More TBA.


Participating Breweries


Sponsors

 

Lyft Ride Discounts

We have joined forces with Lyft to bring you affordable rides in minutes! Use code BACONCHI to get $10 off your first ride. Code valid for new users only.

 

Judges

 
Colin Joliat Colin founded Boozist to mix things up after years serving as the alcohol editor ofGuyism and freelancing for sites likeThrillist, BroBible, Cool Material and CRAFT Magazine. Also because various acquisitions relegated him to feature articles, and there is too much entertaining stuff in the world of booze to only write lists. Every men’s lifestyle site now has “10 Beers to Drink for Kwanzaa,” so do you really need more (yes)?

Colin Joliat

Colin founded Boozist to mix things up after years serving as the alcohol editor ofGuyism and freelancing for sites likeThrillistBroBibleCool Material and CRAFT Magazine. Also because various acquisitions relegated him to feature articles, and there is too much entertaining stuff in the world of booze to only write lists. Every men’s lifestyle site now has “10 Beers to Drink for Kwanzaa,” so do you really need more (yes)?

Shana Solarte Shana Solarte is an Advanced Cicerone™ and Content Manager at the Cicerone® Certification Program. She has also worked with Chicago's Dovetail Brewery since opening day, where she bartends and leads tours. Her love of beer and food pairing is a natural fit for the Bacon & Beer Classic, where you'll probably find her looking for the smokiest of all the snacks.

Shana Solarte

Shana Solarte is an Advanced Cicerone™ and Content Manager at the Cicerone® Certification Program. She has also worked with Chicago's Dovetail Brewery since opening day, where she bartends and leads tours. Her love of beer and food pairing is a natural fit for the Bacon & Beer Classic, where you'll probably find her looking for the smokiest of all the snacks.

Erica Eckman Erica is the Founder and Creator of Everything Erica, one of the largest food-centric lifestyle brands in Chicago with over 55,000 social media followers and 60,000 monthly blog impressions. Whether you're trying a new recipe or looking for one of Chicago's best restaurants, Erica is a go-to resource. She has recently been featured in Fabio Viviani's Magazine, on Windy City Live and on ABC 7 Morning News.

Erica Eckman

Erica is the Founder and Creator of Everything Erica, one of the largest food-centric lifestyle brands in Chicago with over 55,000 social media followers and 60,000 monthly blog impressions. Whether you're trying a new recipe or looking for one of Chicago's best restaurants, Erica is a go-to resource. She has recently been featured in Fabio Viviani's Magazine, on Windy City Live and on ABC 7 Morning News.

 
Sherrie Tan Sherrie is the Executive Pastry Chef atSweet Mandy B’s. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, she worked at Chicago's Tru restaurant, Charlie Trotters, and the Peninsula Hotel. In 2013, her original “Bunch a Crunch Birthday Bar” won the grand prize in a competition sponsored by Nestle’s to celebrate the company’s 75th anniversary. As a result, Sherrie was featured on NBC’sExtra! hosted by Mario Lopez.

Sherrie Tan

Sherrie is the Executive Pastry Chef atSweet Mandy B’s. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, she worked at Chicago's Tru restaurant, Charlie Trotters, and the Peninsula Hotel. In 2013, her original “Bunch a Crunch Birthday Bar” won the grand prize in a competition sponsored by Nestle’s to celebrate the company’s 75th anniversary. As a result, Sherrie was featured on NBC’sExtra! hosted by Mario Lopez.