Check out the all-star line-up of local chefs and restaurants coming to the 2018 Classic.

with many more tba!


Public House 

Located at the corner of State & Kinzie, the 10,000 square foot restaurant and beer hall sits in the heart of River North. Public House offers American fare with a smokehouse twist in addition to mouth-watering libations and over 100+ beers.

Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.

Mike Smylie, oldest of the five brothers, has brewed beer for over ten years since his intro to craft beer while a student at Colorado State University. After ten years as a commodities broker, he decided to follow his passion and study at The Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago where he earned another degree in Business Management and Culinary Arts.

CheSa’s Gluten Free Food Truck

CheSa's not just the owner of the Gluten Tootin' Free Food Truck, she's a proud client. She started a truck of her own that caters to  foodies while honestly staying free of all glutenous temptations. 

Joy District

Named by Culture Trip, Eater Chicago, TimeOut Chicago, and Thrillist Chicago as one of Chicago’s best and hottest rooftop bars in 2017, Joy District's top floor is a must-see space offering impeccable views of River North. 

Big Fork Brands

Big Fork Brands is a Chicago-based, family-owned company centered on innovating the swine; bacon sausage, craft pork jerky, and pork snack sticks. All products are smoked using a combination of hickory and applewood hardwoods. Founder Lance Avery is a culinary ninja wanting to blow up the otherwise stagnate pork industry.

Sholado Shaved Ice

Sholado Shaved Ice brings tropical flavors to Chicago. Delicious shaved ice, frozen tropical drinks & exotic lemonades, let Sholado transport you to a tropical island at the Bacon and Beer Classic. 

The Berghoff

The legacy can be traced back to 1870, when Herman Berghoff immigrated from Germany to America. Herman opened his own brewery in Indiana. When the World’s Fair came to Chicago in 1893, Herman Berghoff set up a stand in the Midway Plaisance and sold his beers to people entering and exiting the fair. The Berghoff opened doors in 1898. Beers were sold for a nickel and they came with a side sandwich, free!

Passanante's Home Food Service

Since 1916, Passanante's Home Food Service has provided families  with an incredible variety of healthy, safe and delicious foods. What started as a corner market and specialty butcher shop has blossomed into a state-of-the-art processing facility with a direct-to-the-consumer sales division. 

City BBQ

City Barbeque is 100% devoted to the craft of barbeque. All of their meats are smoked on-site at each restaurant, hand rubbed with spices, and take upwards of 18 hours to become pure barbeque perfection. This is barbeque in its truest form, created by people who are dedicated to doing it right.


Ballast Point Chicago

With a west coast meets West Loop vibe, our Chicago brewpub blends California cuisine with local flavors to create exceptional dishes for Fulton Market’s most discerning foodies. With exposed brick, a front area brewing system and a rooftop patio, it’s a casual-yet-lively space to enjoy some of our 40+ beers on tap—including a few Chicago exclusives. 

Bobak's Sausage Company

Bobak's has been a family owned Chicago landmark for the last 50 years. Famous for their juicy, mouth watering, naturally hardwood smoked sausages including the one that put Bobak's on the map, Maxwell Street Polish Sausage. Bobak's has been featured on shows like the Food Network with their Deli picked as one of the best in America!

Connie’s Pizza

Founder Jim Stolfe traded his prized 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire to open the first Connie’s in a small storefront on the south side of Chicago. The Connie’s family has undergone changes since the first storefront, they have opened new restaurants and expanded into frozen foods nationwide. They are still family owned, obsessed with quality and service. Humble beginnings evolved into a strong family business and one of the most beloved pizzas in Chicago.

Ironside Bar & Galley

A restaurant who’s name is derived from the nickname of the U.S.S. Constitution “Old Ironsides” – is a River North sports bar with 23 flatscreen televisions. A bi-level dining and drinking destination, Ironside has the look and feel of a ship turned upside down accented by steel rolled ceilings.



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