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We’re coming back to Soldier Field, Chicago. And this year: we’re bigger and better than ever. Don’t miss the 5th annual Bacon and Beer Classic with 100+ craft beers from the best local breweries, unlimited original bacon-inspired dishes from your favorite local restaurants, games, giveaways, music and so much more.


All-inclusive Eats & Craft beer

Get unlimited access to food and drinks
featuring hand-selected
bacon-inspired dishes from
all-star chefs, and local and international craft brews



Watch 6 bacon lovers go head to head in a race to win a year’s supply of Hormel Black Label Bacon. You won’t want to miss it.

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You’ve never bacon-ed like this before. Ride a bacon seesaw, get down in the Berghoff Beer Garden, take your chances in a bacon money machine, and so much more.


2 pm Entry

  • Get full reign over the Soldier Field concourse
  • Indulge in 3 hours of all-inclusive bacon-inspired dishes and choose from 100+ styles of craft beer to sample
  • A tasting cup you’ll never want to throw away
  • Live music, epic games, and a bacon eating contest

1 pm entry

Everything included in GA plus...

  • Enter the festival a full hour before GA
  • Exclusive bathrooms & stadium seating
  • Specialty VIP dishes & beer
  • VIP signature cocktail
  • Beer + cheese pairing

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Many more TBA!


Joy District

Located in Chicago’s River North, Joy District combines a heightened dining experience with private enclosures, a roof top experience, and late night lounge. The chef-driven Asian Fusion menu created by Executive Chef Matt Wilde offers inventive interpretations of authentic Asian cuisine with a menu that has been elevated with the finest ingredients and personal twists. The goal, simply put, is for everyone to enJOY.


Passanante’s Home Food Service

Since 1916, Passanante's Home Food Service has provided families with a 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 century of experience, they have truly mastered the art of quality food delivery.


Chicago q

Chicago q is not your ordinary barbecue joint. Since opening in 2010, their Chefs have created a barbecue experience like none other by using the highest quality meats seasoned with house-made rubs while served in a Savannah-style dining room, imbued with Southern charm and comfort. 


Davanti Enoteca

Davanti Enoteca, an Italian wine bar, offers share-able plates of rustic Italian cuisine from pastas, pizzas, and entrees in addition to small plate items such as vasi (mini mason jars with Tuscan toast), antipasti, salads and table-side presentations.


Bites Asian Kitchen + Bar

At Bites, they believe that food is more than merely a part of survival, it is their passion. It has the power to transcend languages, cultures and ethnic backgrounds. At Bites, they want to celebrate cultures from around the World. They’ve been inspired by Thailand, China, Japan, Korea and more. A new story always awaits you at Bites.


City Lights Brewing

With an incredible excitement, a humbling recognition of the historical significance of the West Side Water Works campus, an acute recognition of Milwaukee's legacy of brewing expertise and a proud sense of stewardship to respect the lore of yesterday and meet challenges of tomorrow, a craft brewery re-launched as "The City Lights Brewing Company." 

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A Southern Soul

Chef Donna will be bringing her Soul Food dishes all the way from Belden, Mississippi!


Carnivore Inc.

We proudly offer locally sourced and responsibly-raised meats, seafood, and produce.

Working closely with local farmers and foragers ensures that all of our products are fresh and of the highest quality.

The Berghoff Restaurant

Adams Street is where the historic Berghoff Restaurant became an establishment, earned Chicago’s first ever liquor license, and served generations of families. To many, the building on Adams Street is more than just a location; it’s a “real-time, working memory factory.” As a tribute to the place that the Berghoff family has called home for over a century, the brewery is named Adams Street Brewery.

CheSa’s Gluten Free Food Truck

Chef CheSa is a self-taught Chef and the operator/owner of CheSa’s Gluten Free Food Truck with a goal to empower Foodies to eat healthy while dining out. All of the meals prepared by Chef CheSa's and her team are 100% gluten free, organic and NON-GMO. Chef CheSa is the only Woman-owned, minority-owned 100% Gluten-Free Food Truck in the state of Illinois and the only food truck in the mid-west that curates a healthy Gluten-Free Menu, food truck style!

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. They work with small family farmers in Iowa who raise 100% Berkshire Hogs outdoors without the use of antibiotics. The best tasting pork and bacon on the planet is nitrate-free, uncured, and hardwood smoked. All of their 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.

Wok in the Park

Wok in the Park Restaurant is a modern Fresh Asian Bistro located in St Louis Park Minnesota. Their simple handcrafted recipes put a fresh and unique twist on classic Asian cuisine. Their Menu is about creative cultural infusions from Japan, Vietnam, China, Thailand, and France. Wok in the Park is a family run, independent restaurant that cooks fresh and from the heart.


A Taste of the Philippines

A Taste of the Philippines is the first Filipino mobile restaurant in Colorado owned and operated by Philippine native Kathy Vega. Kathy's vision for the food cart was to introduce the Filipino culture through Filipino cuisine. A Taste of Philippines moved headquarters to Chicago, IL spring of 2018 and now serve at various farmers markets throughout Chicago


City Tap Kitchen & Craft

In the City Tap kitchen, craft comes first. Like beer slowly fermenting in a tank, their food is prepared with equal parts precision and patience. Lead by Executive Chef, Ian Branning their menu blends personal expertise with regional traditions to make something daring and refreshing.



Sholado offers a tropical twist to shaved ice. While specializing in tropical shaved ice, made with fresh fruit, Sholado also offers exotic lemonades, crepes, smoothies, and juices. Take a 10 minute tropical vacation at Sholado!


The Guiltless Garden

The Guiltless Garden aims to redefine snacking by encouraging people to play hard and snack smart. They are inspired by the goodness that grows from the ground and promise the highest quality products from their garden to your hands. The Guiltless Garden offers tasty, healthy, sustainably-grown snacks you don’t have to feel “guilty” about.



PARTICIPATING Breweries 2019

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Finch Beer Co is a place where friends come together for music, brewery tours, Finch beer favorites and the brewers’ pet projects.

Ravinia Brewng Company

Bringing over 25 years of experience to the brewery, Grant Thompson and Andrew Devlin are both masters of combining creative flavor profiles with systematic quality controls to ensure the end product delivers both "edge" and consistency.

Church Street Brewing Company

"Righteously Good Beer"

Chicago's hidden Brewery in the suburbs serving up award-winning traditional European beer. Visit them for a tour or enjoy their taproom.

Aleman Brewing

Aleman Brewing was assembled by Nate Albrecht, Josh Bearry, Jim Moorehouse and Brad Zeller. They are governed by the urban hustle and corn-fed integrity of our sweet home, Chicago.

Pollyanna Brewing Company

Their beer is and will always be clean and consistent with a strong focus on balance. They feel their four flagship offerings best represent Pollyanna and take pride in their year-round availability. They're constantly experimenting with local fruits and spices, seasonal lagers, barrel-aging, wild yeast, and bacteria.

Twisted Hippo

They have a bunch of tasty brews on tap for you, not to mention plenty of incredible food offerings for lunch and dinner (and a few bites for betweensies on the weekend to boot). 

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

The Toppling Goliath Brewing Company was founded by Clark and Barb Lewey in 2009 in Decorah, Iowa after a runaway success in home brewing. In less than a decade, TG has become world-renown for IPAs and barrel-aged stouts, distributes to over 17 states and brews more than 30 beers.

Buffalo Creek Brewing

Mike Marr, owner and brewmeister, started brewing before craft beer was available at every outlet. Over 15 years as a home brewer, he leaned towards German and Belgian styles. Today, Mike has created more than 40 recipes that will serve as their recipe base. As Buffalo Creek continues to grow, they’ll continue to explore new and old styles with unique flavor profiles.

On Tour Brewing

On Tour Brewing Company celebrates life’s understated, casually significant, yet fleeting moments. Each carefully selected element of On Tour’s ambience captures the easy spirit of a simpler time and invites locals and tourists alike to linger, create memories, and sip a wide selection of carefully crafted, distinct beers. They will welcome the opportunity to journey inside and leave the world behind for a pint or two. Now, let’s go get lost.

Half Acre Beer Company

Half Acre is a Chicago beer company invested in each end of the brewing spectrum; time honored classics and experimental, sensory expanding releases. Founded in 2007 by Gabriel Magliaro, the company has evolved from a 15-barrel brewhouse on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood into two breweries producing over 45,000 barrels annually; two taprooms serving comfortably elevated, delicious food; a workshop for custom tap handles; and a direct-to-consumer store that brings the communal Half Acre experience full circle.

Metal Monkey Brewing

Dan, Brandi and Jason opened Metal Monkey with 20 years of homebrewing experience under their belts, a dream, a sh*t-ton of determination and a little bit of... well, no clue what they were in for!

A tight budget means they opened with a very small 3bbl system and did a lot of the buildout themselves. They’ve recently upgraded to a 10bbl system which has increased their capacity and allowed Metal Monkey to start increasing their distribution!

Door 4 Brewing Co.

Located in Decatur, Illinois and founded with the purpose of providing high quality beverages and more. Our approach is to foster creativity, fun, and excitement around craft beer. We will always look to find ways to improve on what we are doing to make our brewery a destination and our products the choice of knowledgeable beer fans everywhere.

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery is a brewery in Brooklyn, New York City. It was started in 1988 by Steve Hindy and Tom Potter. Hindy learned to brew beer during a six-year stay in various Middle Eastern nations such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Upon his return to his home in Brooklyn in 1984, he and Potter, his downstairs neighbor from Park Slope, quit their jobs and founded the brewery.

21st Amendment Brewery

In 2000, Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan founded the 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco’s historic South Park neighborhood. In addition to rotating taps of multiple award-winning hand-crafted house beers, the pub has been voted “Best Brewpub”, “Best Burger” and “Best Happy Hour” by the San Francisco press.

Vice District Brewing Co.

Once upon a time, two strangers bought houses across the street from one another. They quickly realized they had two things in common: drinking good beer and brewing good beer. From that point they brewed obsessively and drank responsibly (but of course). They decided to invest in their mission and their community. Vice spaces and products are dedicated to community, diversity and damn good beer.

Half Day Brewing Company

Half Day Brewing Co. is named after the town of Half Day and the friendly Native American leader of the Potawatomie tribe, Chef Aptakisic (“Half Day”). The village has welcomed Half Day Brewing Company as a space for restaurant goers and beer enthusiasts alike to frequent to satisfy their cravings for classic American pub fare and unique, handcrafted brews. Their brewery of professional brewers and chefs ensure that Half Brew remains dedicated to brewing excellent beers.


Midwest Coast Brewing - a brewery born and raised right here in Chicago. They're proud of it, too, which is why their motto is "love where you live." That ethos is expressed in everything Midwest Coast does, from how they source ingredients and name beers, to the design of their taproom and the love they show guests. Midwest Coast is just getting started, and they are honored to join the region's vibrant and growing craft beer community.

Short Fuse Brewing Company

Named the 2018 Best New Brewer in Illinois by RateBeer, the secret to Short Fuse’s success is quite simple, really. Three words: quality craft beer. It may not be simple to get their standard of beer, but for us, it’s second nature - it’s our passion - it’s kind of our thing. The difference is in our classic brewing style mixed with our own little creative flare; the result? A taste so crisp, bold, original, and, dare we say, explosive, you’ll have to taste it to believe it.

Banging Gavel Brews

Banging Gavel Brews creates micro-brewed craft beer and serves up memorable experiences to those who share in their passion for high quality, great tasting beer.

Miskatonic Brewing Company

So many of the greatest beers in the world were markers on the journey to brew beer ourselves. They are instructive. They are canon. And we find enjoyment in devoting ourselves to the quest of their honorable replication. But we also love a good glitch. Riffing on tradition and interpreting styles in a new way enables us to tilt the board and brew with a twist. It’s our way of exploring the curiosities that make beer a constantly evolving idea.

Lil Beaver Brewery

Years ago there was a young, eager lil beaver who enjoyed beer. However, he soon grew tired and bored with the commercial beer offerings in his neck of the woods and their false claims of ‘more flavor’ or ‘better taste’ that never quite met his expectations. After touring a local microbrewery and learning the process, the lil beaver decided it was time to brew his own beer.

Noon Whistle Brewing

Since he was a kid, brewmaster Paul Kreiner annually vacationed with family in Marquette, Wisconsin with tradition built around the town whistle. The whistle sounding at noon indicated the time to crack open the first beer. Not only is the tradition about beer, but also camaraderie, good company of family & friends and the creation of memories. 

Lake Zurich Brewing Co.

The Lake Zurich Brewing Company loves proudly serving tons of great beer to the lovely people of Chicagoland all around Lake Zurich.

The Red Barn Restaurant & Brewery

The family-run Red Barn Restaurant and Brewery provides American BBQ and quality craft brews to all who enter the barnyard!

Adams Street Brewery

Adams Street is where the historic Berghoff Restaurant became an establishment, earned Chicago’s first ever liquor license, and served generations of families. To many, the building on Adams Street is more than just a location; it’s a “real-time, working memory factory.” As a tribute to the place that the Berghoff family has called home for over a century, the brewery is named Adams Street Brewery.

Scorched Earth Brewing Company

Scorched Earth Brewing Co. has a simple passion – brewing beer that may appear similar to other quality craft beers on its face, but can hardly be enjoyed with just one glass and barely described with just a few adjectives or expressions. Using local ingredients, old world brewing techniques, and a whimsical sense for exploration, they hope to challenge your notion of what beer is and inspire you to share our passion with others.

Virtue Cider

Cider. A seemingly simple drink; apples plus time. At Virtue Cider, they know that it is a bit more complex. Proper farmhouse needs traditional craftsmanship, combined with sustainable methods. It needs a blend of the finest apples, grown in orchards with just the right climate. Proper cider needs hand-picked apples, barrels, and cider makers with a ton of patience. Because like all good things in life, proper cider needs time. They say patience is a Virtue, it just so happens that Virtue requires patience. Virtue, It’s at our core.

City Lights Brewing Co.

With an incredible excitement, a humbling recognition of the historical significance of the West Side Water Works campus, an acute recognition of Milwaukee's legacy of brewing expertise and a proud sense of stewardship to respect the lore of yesterday and meet challenges of tomorrow, a craft brewery re-launched as "The City Lights Brewing Company."


Urban Renewal Brewery

Urban Renewal Brewery is a 1 year old Craft Brewery serving the Ravenswood area patrons with locally inspired beer brewed with the utmost attention to detail. With over 12 years of professional brewing experience, our co-founder and Brewer, James is excited to be producing beers desired by consumers fueled with local inspiration. Having a passion to brew a diverse array of beers using traditional ingredients and processes, our beers are sure to capture the timid craft beer drinkers while satisfying the most experienced beer drinkers.


Black Horizon Brewing Company

Black Horizon Brewing Company is a small nano-sized brewery with a taproom. Just three guys who brought the vision of opening a small community brewery to reality. They do not make batches of 1000 gallons at a time so things will change frequently, meaning you can always try something new and exciting!


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