Q: I’ve never been to WingFest before… what should I expect?
A: Live music, games, beer, cocktails, great times & UNLIMITED WINGS!
Q: How much are tickets?
A: General Admission tickets are $50 and VIP tickets are $100.
Q: What’s included with a general admission ticket?
A: Access to the event including: unlimited wings from some of the best wing-slingin’ chefs in Chicagoland, live music, raffles, eating contests, games, and a first-hand witness of Chicago WingFest.
Q: What’s included with a VIP ticket?
A: Everything included in a general admission ticket plus: Five (5) drink tickets, goodie bag, and access to the VIP area with a great view of the event. (NOTE: Red Bull cocktails and certain premium liquor may require 2 tickets per beverage.)
Q: Will there be alcohol at WingFest?
A: Yes, of course.
Q: Is this a “21 and over” event?
A: Yes, ticket holders must be over the age of 21 to enter. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian only.
Q: How can tickets be purchased?
Q: Will there be tickets available at the event?
A: WingFest usually sells out quickly, so it’s unlikely that there will be tickets left at the door. Bottom line: buy ‘em early!
Q: Are drinks included in the ticket price?
A: With VIP tickets only, five (5) drink tickets will be included. No drink tickets are provided with a general admission ticket.
Q: How many wings do I get to eat with my ticket?
A: As a ticket holder, you can eat as many wings as you’d like until you’re uncomfortably full.
Q: Can I get some wings to-go?
A: This is NOT a to-go event. No wings will be allowed to leave the site. Outside containers are not allowed this year with the new venue as well.
Q: When is the best time to show up?
A: We recommend arriving before 1pm, which is when the doors to WingFest open for general admission. Doors open at noon for VIPs & media.
Q: Is WingFest accessible via the CTA or other public transportation?
A: UIC Pavilion is accessible via the CTA Blue Line as well as several city buses.
Q: Is there parking nearby?
A: Yes, UIC has paid parking lots & garages available in the area.
Q: Are pets allowed at WingFest?
A: No, Chicago Municipal Health Code prohibits admittance of any pets at this event.
Q: If I have pre-registered for the Wing Eating Competition, do I need to purchase a ticket to the event?
A: Yes, the eating competition is only available to valid ticket holders.
Q: I just can’t get enough… Where can I find more WingFesters and info about the event?
Q: What is the judging process that determines the “Best of Fest” winner?
A: Judges are chosen randomly at the event, and we use a double blind process for each wing category. Each restaurant is assigned a color and container, and when those wings arrive at the judging area, they are transferred to a serving tray and assigned a number to correlate with the judge’s score sheet. No restaurant names are ever spoken in the judging area, and there is nothing to identify where the wings are from when presented to the judges.
Q: My restaurant is interested in participating at WingFest… where can I get more information about how to enter?
A: Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an information package, or call us Monday – Friday at 312-664-6656 x124.