Pig willing, this will be my third trip to the bacon bacchanal -- or bacon-nal since puns seem to be a requisite for Baconfest Chicago.
The tribute to all things porcine happens April 20 at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt. But in order to consume your weight in bacon, a $100 ticket in hand is required. And those are a hot commodity, so set your alarms. They go on sale today at noon.
Speaking from past experience, tickets sell out fast. How fast? Not Pearl Jam Wrigley Field fast, but this is the Midwest after all. And while milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard, an all-you-can-eat-bacon festival causes a sensation.
Some of the bacon kitsch is over the top, but there vendors worth repeat visits throughout the year. A bacon-agnostic Brit found Spencers Jolly Posh Foods two years ago, and now the freezer is stocked with full English brekkie bits year round. Sable Kitchen and Top Chef Heather Terhune's fare (and new this year, drinks) introduced this now-Friday night regular to her innovative small plates.
There are two sessions -- set 2 1/2-hour lunch and dinner slots. Don't fret -- when one smells like a Waffle House cook and also has the meat sweats, the time frame is more than enough time to kill your good cholesterol.
Ready to pull the trigger? Tickets are available here.