Lodge Management Group Announces The 18th Annual WingFest Featuring More Restaurants, More Variety and Thousands of Pounds of Fun

Hosted by WGN-TV’s Pat Tomasulo and Benefitting the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation


CHICAGO – January XX, 2017 – The 18th Annual WingFest takes place on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at UIC Pavilion (525 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60607). This will be the festival’s inaugural year at UIC, a larger-than-usual venue that can accommodate more people and double the number of restaurants cooking up over 9,000 pounds of wings! The Festival’s Master of Ceremonies, WGN-TV’s Pat Tomasulo, will regale attendees with his unique humor and wit. Music will be provided the event’s perennial Blues band, Cadillac Dave & The Chicago Red Hots.


Some of the 2017 WingFest participants include: Rhyme Or Reason, WHISK, Howells & Hood, Chicago Culinary Kitchen, Son of A Butcher Tavern, River Forest Catering, Q’s Tips & Wings Bar-B-Que, Reggie’s, Gators Wing Shack, Revel, Paisans Pizza, McQ’s Bar & Grill, Fire Water BBQ, Buffalo Wings & Rings, Mahoney’s Pub & Grille, Downtown Dogs. Additional restaurants will be announced as they come on board!


Festival-goers will be treated to a variety of wings from some of Chicago’s leading chefs, sampling submissions in Mild, Hot, BBQ and Exotic categories. The coveted grand prize is a Best of Fest traveling trophy, (The Stanley Cup of Wings), which has graced the shelves of the best wing slingers annually for 18 years. A lucky few can participate in wing eating contests – winners get bragging rights and are anointed “Lord of the Wings” and “Lady of the Wings” and are presented with a WingFest cape, crown and scepter!


“Every year, Chicago’s Best WingFest gets bigger and bigger,” says Lyn McKeaney, owner of the festival’s producer, Lodge Management Group. “We are thrilled to bring the event the Pavilion, which can accommodate more restaurants, increasing the level of competition and the range of wing styles. It truly is the one place where wing lovers get the chance to try Chicago’s best wings.”


WingFest has benefitted various charities over the years and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to date. This year’s festival will raise money for the Illinois Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation.


2017 Sponsors include Lagunitas Brewing Company, Sysco, Tabasco, Red Bull, The Great Plate and Passanante’s Home Food Services.


Chicken wing enthusiasts can purchase tickets on Ticketmaster. The next batch of tickets will be released on February 1. General Admission Tickets cost $50 and include admission, all-you-can-eat wings and access to the day’s entertainment. VIP Tickets cost $100 and include all of the above, plus access to VIP lounges, five drink tickets and a fabulous SWAG bag.


For more information, visit wingfest.net.


About Chicago’s Best WingFest

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 grand prize, and the Best Mild, Hot, BBQ and Exotic Wing awards. The festival is produced by Lodge Management Group, which operates 11 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 or follow on Twitter.


About the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

The Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is dedicated to working with high school students to build the hospitality workforce through career exploration, workforce development and connections to post-secondary education.