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Can You Smell It Yet? Baconfest Reveals 2015 Lineup

Festival boasts extra sizzle with largest lineup ever.

Baconfest Chicago
Baconfest Chicago
Baconfest Chicago

Postpone that visit to the cardiologist, as the seventh edition of Baconfest boasts the largest lineup ever with 168 restaurants. The fest features eight more vendors compared to 2014, including 40 new restaurants. Places like Tanta, which only opened in 2013, and Velvet Taco, which has yet to open in Chicago, are new. The veterans and fest favorites of the circuit include the Trencherman and the Radler.

Baconfest will take place April 17 and April 18 at the UIC Forum. VIP tickets ($200) are already on sale, and GA session admissions ($100) will be available at noon on Feb. 16 over here.

Here's the full (subject to change) roster:

  • 312 CHICAGO — Luca Corazzina
  • 676 RESTAURANT AND BAR — Anthony Herve
  • 694 WINE & SPIRITS — Chris Dunstatter
  • ACRE — Michael Lathrop
  • ARA-ON RESTAURANT — Trevor Hoyte
  • ATWOOD — Brian Millman
  • AUTRE MONDE CAFE & SPIRITS — Andrew Kerns
  • AVLI RESTAURANT — Louie Alexakis
  • AY CHIWOWA — Emidio Oceguera
  • BACARO — Thad Morrow
  • BACINO'S — Allison Doerr
  • BAKIN' & EGGS — Bob and Gina Hartwig
  • BANG BANG PIE SHOP — Patrick Cloud
  • BARBAKOA — Dudley Nieto
  • BARN & COMPANY — Gary Wiviott
  • BEAVER'S COFFEE & DONUTS
  • BENNY'S CHOP HOUSE — Aaron Lindgren
  • BIG JONES — Paul Fehribach
  • BIRCHWOOD KITCHEN — Jesse Williams
  • BISTRO DRE — Andre Christopher
  • BITE CAFE — Dave Cooper
  • BLACK DOG GELATO — Jessica Oloroso
  • BLUE DOOR FARM STAND — Justin Ferguson
  • BOTTLEFORK/THE DUCK INN — Kevin Hickey
  • BRIDGE HOUSE TAVERN — Mark Hemmer
  • BROWNTROUT — Sean Sanders
  • BURGER BAR CHICAGO — John McLean
  • CARNITAS URUAPAN — Marcos Carbajal
  • CARNIVALE — Rodolfo Cuadros
  • CELESTE — Aaron Lirette
  • CERES' TABLE — Giuseppe Scurato
  • CHARLATAN — Matthew Troost
  • CHICAGO q — Lee Ann Whippen
  • CHICAGO-365 HOSPITALITY — Erin Wishon
  • COURAGEOUS BAKERY — Laura Pekarik
  • DAVANTI ENOTECA — Jaysen Euler
  • DAVID BURKE'S PRIMEHOUSE — Jove T. Hubbard
  • DÖNERMEN — Shawn Podgurski
  • E+O FOOD AND DRINK — Rodelio Aglibot
  • EDZO'S BURGER SHOP — Eddie Lakin
  • ELLY'S PANCAKE HOUSE
  • EPIC RESTAURANT — Daniel Marquis
  • FARMHOUSE — Eric Mansavage
  • FEAST & IMBIBE — D'Andre Carter
  • FIRECAKES — Jonathan Fox
  • FIREFLY GRILL — Niall D. Campbell II
  • FLO AND SANTOS — Mark Rimkus
  • FORK — Timothy Cottini
  • FRANCESCA'S RESTAURANTS — Massimo Salatino
  • FREESTYLE FOOD + DRINK — Ariel Bagadiong
  • FRESCO 21 — Brian Wolters
  • FRONTIER — Brian Jupiter
  • FULTON MARKET KITCHEN — Kyle Petersen
  • GAYLE'S BEST EVER GRILLED CHEESE — Gayle Voss
  • GEMINI BISTRO — Jon Keely
  • GINGERSNAP SWEETS & SUCH — Jen Templeton
  • GLAZED AND INFUSED — Chris White
  • HASH HOUSE A GO GO — Brad Gold
  • HOMESTEAD — Chris "Chip" Davies
  • HONEY BUTTER FRIED CHICKEN — Joshua Kulp & Christine Cikowski
  • HOWELLS & HOOD — Brett Neubauer
  • HUB 51 — Mike Bellovich
  • HUBBARD INN — Bob Zrenner
  • HUSKY HOG BBQ — Joseph Woodel
  • HUTCH — Marc Wuenschel
  • III FORKS PRIME STEAKHOUSE — Billy Caruso
  • INSPIRATION KITCHENS UPTOWN — Noel Schroeder
  • IPO — Fernando Coppola
  • ITALIAN VILLAGE RESTAURANTS — David Jahnke
  • JAKE MELNICK'S CORNER TAP — Nick Santangelo
  • JORDAN'S FOOD OF DISTINCTION — Jordan Spritz
  • KAISER TIGER — Roberto Jacabo
  • KAMA BISTRO — Vikram Singh
  • KANELA CAFE — Nick Curtis
  • KNIFE & TINE — Richard Ginn
  • LABRIOLA CAFE & RISTORANTE — John Caputo
  • LE BOUCHON — Oliver Poilevey
  • LIBERTAD — Armando Gonzalez
  • LINKS TAPROOM — Grover Betts
  • LOBBY LOUNGE
  • LOCKWOOD RESTAURANT at the Palmer House — Matthew Wiltzius
  • LOKal — Artur Wnorowski
  • MADDY'S DUMPLING HOUSE — Chrissy Camba
  • MARION STREET MARKET — Steve Chiappetti
  • MAX'S WINE DIVE — Jessica Brumleve
  • MERCADITO COUNTER — Patricio Sandoval
  • MERCAT A LA PLANXA — Cory Morris
  • MEXIQUE — Carlos Gaytan
  • MINDY'S HOT CHOCOLATE — Amanda Barnes
  • MITY NICE BAR & GRILL — John Chiakulas
  • MORE — Patty Rothman
  • MRS. MURPHY & SONS IRISH BISTRO — Jeanne Carlson
  • MUNICIPAL BAR & DINING CO. — Donald Penza
  • NaanSense — Hiran Patel & Sahil Singh
  • NONNA SANTI'S BISCOTTI — Jo—Marie Frigo
  • OAK + CHAR — Joe Heppe
  • OLD TOWN POUR HOUSE — Paul Katz
  • OLD TOWN SOCIAL — Steven Paul
  • OSTERIA LA MADIA — Jonathan Fox
  • OSTERIA VIA STATO — David DiGregorio
  • PADDY LONG'S — Patrick Berger & Chris Latchford
  • PARAMOUNT ROOM — Stephen Dunne
  • PERENNIAL VIRANT — Paul Virant
  • PI GALLERY BAR — Nick Martaus
  • PIECE — Bill Jacobs & Jonathan Cutler
  • PINSTRIPES — Cesar Gutierrez
  • PLEASANT HOUSE BAKERY — Art and Chelsea Jackson
  • PORKCHOP — Kenneth Robinson
  • PRIMEBAR
  • PUBLIC HOUSE — Alex Munoz
  • PURE KITCHEN — Sean Spradlin
  • Q-BBQ — Michael LaPidus
  • QUINCE — Kristine Antonian
  • RANDOLPH TAVERN — Wilbert Pagulayan
  • RED BUTTER — Monica Sharma
  • RED DOOR — Troy Graves
  • REVOLUTION BREWING — Charlie Eure
  • ROCKIT BAR & GRILL/ROCKIT BURGER BAR — Amanda Downing
  • RUB'S BACKCOUNTRY SMOKEHOUSE — Jared Leonard
  • SAIGON SISTERS RESTAURANT — Matt Riordan
  • SHEEKAR DELIGHTS — Diane Khouri Joseph
  • SIGNATURE ROOM — Cardel Reid
  • SON OF A BUTCHER TAVERN — Frank Valdez
  • SPACCA NAPOLI — Jonathan Goldsmith
  • SPARROW COFFEE — Chris Chacko
  • SPENCER'S JOLLY POSH FOODS — Nick Spencer
  • STAN'S DONUTS — Rich Labriola
  • STATE & LAKE at The Wit Hotel — Kevin Atkinson
  • STOUT BARREL HOUSE & GALLEY — Kadie Quada & Michael Matthews
  • SUNDA — Jess De Guzman
  • TABLE, DONKEY & STICK — Scott Manley
  • TACO JOINT — Edgar Torres
  • TANTA — Jesus Delgado
  • TAVERN ON RUSH — John Gatsos
  • TERZO PIANO at the Art Institute of Chicago — Megan Neubeck
  • TÊTE CHARCUTERIE — Thomas Rice
  • THE BAD APPLE — Craig Fass
  • THE BEDFORD & CARRIAGE HOUSE — Michael Galen
  • THE BRIXTON — Kevin McMullen
  • THE CHEESIE'S TRUCK — Eddie Cisneros
  • THE CHOP SHOP — John Formica
  • THE DAWSON — Shaun King
  • THE RADLER — Nathan Sears
  • THE SALSA TRUCK — Dan Salls
  • THE SOUTHERN — Eric Michael
  • THE WINCHESTER — Chris Pappas
  • THREE ACES — Matt Troost
  • THREE FLOYDS BREWING Co. — Pat Niebling
  • TRAVELLE — Tim Graham
  • TRENCHERMEN — Pat Sheerin
  • TROQUET RIVER NORTH — Tim Davidson
  • TWO RESTAURANT AND BAR — Tom Van Lente
  • UGLY MUG CAFE — Mik J. Wright
  • UNCLE BUB'S BBQ — Jimmy Harvatt
  • UNITE URBAN GRILL — Trevin VanDyke
  • UNTITLED SUPPER CLUB — Ryan Kikkert
  • VANILLE PATISSERIE — Stacy Waldrop
  • VELVET TACO — John Franke
  • VIAND BAR & KITCHEN — Tyler Nelson
  • VIE — Dan Compton
  • WEBSTER WINE BAR — Aaron Mooney
  • WEST LOOP SALUMI — Gregory Laketek
  • WEST TOWN BAKERY & DINER — Chris Teixeira
  • WOLLENSKY'S GRILL — Matt King
  • WOODHAVEN BAR & KITCHEN — Zach Prince
  • WOW BAO — Mark Bernard
  • ZAPATISTA — Alberto Mendez
  • ZED451 — Michael McDonald

UIC Forum

725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60607

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