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Friday, February 23, 2018
19th Annual Chicago’s Best WingFest! (Chicago, IL)
The 19th Annual “Chicago’s Best WingFest” Announces Tickets On Sale with Early Bird Tickets Throughout February
Chicagoans Continue to Flock to City Favorite Chicken Wing Food Event
Is there anything better than spicy, saucy and deliciousness of an order of wings? The answer is yes, and it’s Chicago’s Best WingFest! The 19th Annual WingFest announces its first block of 2018 tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster with a $15 early bird discount through February 28, 2018. The popular food event will take place on May 6 from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. at UIC Pavilion (525 S. Racine Ave.) for the second year in a row to accommodate the continued growth of one of the nation’s longest running festivals.
More than 3,000 chicken wing enthusiasts “flock” to the event, serving 9,000-plus pounds of wings each year from over 30 restaurants for the annual spring event. Each year, the festival has returning champions and new competitors ready to win “Best of Fest.” Last year’s newcomer, Half Day Brewing won Best of Fest, while Gators Wing Shack holds four championships and the record for the most “Best of Fest” titles. In addition, the famous event hosts an annual Wing Eating Competition to see who can eat a dozen of wings the fastest, earning the “Lady” or “Lord of the Wings” and receiving WingFest swag and bragging rights.
“We’re beyond excited that Chicago continues to embrace WingFest, making it one of the nation’s longest-running and largest food events of the year," said Lyn McKeaney, owner of the festival’s production and management company, Lodge Management Group, Entertainment Enterprises. “The event continues to provide more unique restaurants offering attendees a plethora of mouthwatering wings.”
General Admission tickets cost $50 and include admission, all-you-can-eat wings and access to the day’s entertainment, including games, live music, photo opportunities and eating contests. VIP tickets cost $100 and include all of the above, plus access to VIP balconies, seven drink tickets and a fabulous SWAG bag. Grab tickets early, as this annual event sells out every year! Participating restaurants currently include Half Day Brewing Co., Butch’McGuire’s, Howells & Hood, Kitty O’Sheas, Son of A Butcher, Buffalo Wings & Rings, MQ’s Golf Dome, Paisans, The Hotwing Joint, Tap House Grill, Mahoney’s Pub & Grille, Q’s Tips & Wings, Overtime Sports Bar & Grill, Distilled Chicago. The benefiting charities will be the Illinois Restaurant Association, Division Street Merchants Association, and Picking Me Foundation NFP. Sponsors include Lodge Management Group, Sysco, Anheuser-Busch , Goose Island. Additional vendors will be announced at a later date.
Established in 1999, WingFest is one of Chicago’s most popular food festivals. The event features a collection of chefs from some of Chicago’s best eateries competing for various prizes including the Best of Fest, and the Best Mild, Hot, BBQ and Exotic Wing awards. The festival is produced by Lodge Management Group, Entertainment Enterprises, which operates 12 bars and eateries across the city, including six of the city’s most iconic bars in the Gold Coast’s Division Street Entertainment District. For more information, visit wingfest.net, like on Facebook, follow on Twitter or Instagram.