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Bacon Makes Breakfast Better: 15 Great Tastes to Satisfy Chicago's Cravings

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No one wants to experience bacon breakfast regret. It's that feeling later in the day when your stomach rumbles, wishing it experienced the rush that only bacon can provide. The folks at Baconfest Chicago don't want anyone to suffer, so they shared some of their pork prowess and provided some of their fave breakfast bacon items.

Before bacon lovers get their bottoms burned, understand that this is a breakfast map, so items like bacon on a stick from U.S. Cellular Field or the bacon bomb from Kaiser Tiger won't appear. Given that, check out the list below and share your favorites in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits — Wood-Grilled Bacon Steak

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6727 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 775-8122
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"The name says it all," according to the Baconfest crew. This thick-cut bacon is fried on a flattop before finished on a wood grill.

2. Bakin' & Eggs — Flight of Bacon

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3120 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 525-7005
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Board this tasty flight next time you're near Lincoln and Belmont. There's five kinds of bacon featured: maple pepper, jalapeño, honey, cherry smoked and mesquite.

3. Bang Bang Pie Shop — Candied Bacon Biscuit

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2051 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-8888
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Baconfest was first introduced to this dish a few years ago when Bang Bang Pie Shop brought it to the competition. Bang Bang's baking prowess is complimented by bacon which tastes as good as it looks.

4. bellyQ — Tempura Bacon

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1400 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 563-1010
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There are no borders between culinary cultures at bellyQ. The maple glaze here gets an upgrade from sake, and the strips are dusted with togarashi.

5. Firecakes — Maple-Glazed Pineapple Bacon Doughnut

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68 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 329-6500
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This doughnut features caramelized pineapple, maple glaze and smoked bacon.

6. Flo — Bacon-Chocolate Pancakes

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1434 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 243-0477
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This stack of three pancakes saves you the cumbersome task of ordering a side of bacon. It's this type of convenience that makes this a friend to bacon lovers everywhere.

7. Floriole Cafe & Bakery — The B.A.D.

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1220 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 883-1313
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Sure, by now, everyone knows that sweet/savory is key to crafting a good bacon dish. But at Floriole, they've also paid close attention to texture. The date-almond spread and goat cheese make sweet union with the crisp Nueske's bacon between slices of yeasted cornbread.

8. Fountainhead — Thick-Cut Bacon

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1970 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 697-8204
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Whiskey and pork form a formidable combo. This bacon is brined in whiskey before it's smoked.

9. Frontier — Monte Cristo

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1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 772-4322
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Baconfest's crew is excited that Frontier isn't using "boring old ham" in this sandwich. Besides the house-cured bacon, that's Hook's cheddar, parm-crusted sourdough and seasonal preserves.

10. Glazed and Infused — Maple-Bacon Long John

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30 E Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 226-5556
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Another doughnut shop favorite. G&I takes advantage of the pastry's length and perfectly covering it with a strip of candied bacon.
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11. Revolution Brewing — Crispy Pork Belly & Egg Sandwich

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2323 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-2739
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Eggs and crisp pork belly always taste great. Over at Rev, this brunch treat pairs well with one of their great beers.

12. Stan’s Donuts — Maple-Caramel Bacon Pecan Bar

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259 E Erie St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 255-1130
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The final of the bacon-doughnut trifecta, as recommended by Baconfest. The pecan-bacon streusel highlights this treat.

13. The Publican — Pub Bacon

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837 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-9555
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Drizzled with Burton's maple syrup, this thick-cut bacon is a decadent brunch favorite.

14. Vincent — Pork Belly Sandwich

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1475 W Balmoral Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 334-7168
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The bacon jam on this sandwich is a winner for the folks at Baconfest.

15. WHISK — BLT Benedict

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2018 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-9060
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Eggs Benedict is missing something. Oh, it's the bacon. Whisk takes an English muffin and tops it with spinach, tomato, bacon, poached eggs and pesto hollandaise.
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1. Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits — Wood-Grilled Bacon Steak

6727 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402
"The name says it all," according to the Baconfest crew. This thick-cut bacon is fried on a flattop before finished on a wood grill.
6727 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn, IL 60402

2. Bakin' & Eggs — Flight of Bacon

3120 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Board this tasty flight next time you're near Lincoln and Belmont. There's five kinds of bacon featured: maple pepper, jalapeño, honey, cherry smoked and mesquite.
3120 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

3. Bang Bang Pie Shop — Candied Bacon Biscuit

2051 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Baconfest was first introduced to this dish a few years ago when Bang Bang Pie Shop brought it to the competition. Bang Bang's baking prowess is complimented by bacon which tastes as good as it looks.
2051 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

4. bellyQ — Tempura Bacon

1400 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607
There are no borders between culinary cultures at bellyQ. The maple glaze here gets an upgrade from sake, and the strips are dusted with togarashi.
1400 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607

5. Firecakes — Maple-Glazed Pineapple Bacon Doughnut

68 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
This doughnut features caramelized pineapple, maple glaze and smoked bacon.
68 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

6. Flo — Bacon-Chocolate Pancakes

1434 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
This stack of three pancakes saves you the cumbersome task of ordering a side of bacon. It's this type of convenience that makes this a friend to bacon lovers everywhere.
1434 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

7. Floriole Cafe & Bakery — The B.A.D.

1220 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Sure, by now, everyone knows that sweet/savory is key to crafting a good bacon dish. But at Floriole, they've also paid close attention to texture. The date-almond spread and goat cheese make sweet union with the crisp Nueske's bacon between slices of yeasted cornbread.
1220 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

8. Fountainhead — Thick-Cut Bacon

1970 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
Whiskey and pork form a formidable combo. This bacon is brined in whiskey before it's smoked.
1970 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

9. Frontier — Monte Cristo

1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
Baconfest's crew is excited that Frontier isn't using "boring old ham" in this sandwich. Besides the house-cured bacon, that's Hook's cheddar, parm-crusted sourdough and seasonal preserves.
1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

10. Glazed and Infused — Maple-Bacon Long John

30 E Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60611
Kristi Koszewski
Another doughnut shop favorite. G&I takes advantage of the pastry's length and perfectly covering it with a strip of candied bacon.
30 E Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60611

11. Revolution Brewing — Crispy Pork Belly & Egg Sandwich

2323 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Eggs and crisp pork belly always taste great. Over at Rev, this brunch treat pairs well with one of their great beers.
2323 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

12. Stan’s Donuts — Maple-Caramel Bacon Pecan Bar

259 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611
The final of the bacon-doughnut trifecta, as recommended by Baconfest. The pecan-bacon streusel highlights this treat.
259 E Erie St
Chicago, IL 60611

13. The Publican — Pub Bacon

837 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
Drizzled with Burton's maple syrup, this thick-cut bacon is a decadent brunch favorite.
837 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

14. Vincent — Pork Belly Sandwich

1475 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
The bacon jam on this sandwich is a winner for the folks at Baconfest.
1475 W Balmoral Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

15. WHISK — BLT Benedict

2018 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Whisk
Eggs Benedict is missing something. Oh, it's the bacon. Whisk takes an English muffin and tops it with spinach, tomato, bacon, poached eggs and pesto hollandaise.
2018 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

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