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SausageFest Chicago

SausageFest Chicago

Date: Saturday & Sunday, June 15-16
Time: Noon to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Sheffield & Addison | Chicago
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Beneficiary: Lake View Citizens' Council
It's all about encased meats at this tasty and tantalizing fest held adjacent to iconic Wrigley Field. Returning to the Lake View neighborhood that's back for its third year, SausageFest vendors include several of the Windy City's best-known butcher/meat shops and restaurants (see below for participating vendors).

There's also arts & crafts and an eclectic music lineup to make it the perfect early summer fest for lovers of food and tunes. Among those this year's music stage will be Polka rockers the Polkaholics; the Chicago Blues All-Stars; and funk/rockers Mathien.

PLUS Sausage King of Chicago!
In addition, crowned at the event will be the "Sausage King of Chicago" (in reference to the fictional Abe Froman character in the cult movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off). See more below.

About the Beneficiary
The LAKE VIEW CITIZENS' COUNCIL (LVCC) is a non-profit civic organization serving the Lakeview community on the north side of Chicago, Illinois. It's boundaries (roughly Lake Michigan on the east, the north branch of the Chicago River on the west, Diversey Parkway on the south, going south on Lakewood Avenue until it meets the Chicago River, and Irving Park Road on the north) are approximately those of the original township of Lake View founded in the early 1800's and annexed by the City of Chicago in 1903.

We have been working for you in Lake View since 1952. We are a grassroots membership organization made up of people like you and your neighbors. LVCC was established to provide citizens in Lake View with the opportunity to work together for the common good of the Lake View community.

Main Stage Entertainment
12:00pm - According to Sarah
1:30pm - Sausage King Crowning Ceremony
2:00pm - Polkaholics
4:00pm - Fortunate Sons
6:00pm - Modern Day Romeos
8:00pm - Rock Candy

12:00pm - Sorry for Partying
2:00pm - Chicago Blues Allstars
4:10pm - Mathien
6:00pm - JakTripper
8:00pm - Trippin Billies

Be the Next Abe Froman! Sausage King of Chicago!

Sign Up Today! The 10 individuals who raise the most pledges to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (which serves military vets) will be invited to SausageFest and a chance to be named 2013 Sausage King of Chicago. The person will be crowned King at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday on the fest's music stage. Get started now by clicking on the crown!

2013 Participating Vendors

Bobak's Sausage Company
Founded in 1967, Bobak's is a Chicago institution. Located on the city's southwest side, it specializes in quality sausage and deli meats. Bobak's authentic recipes originate from family traditions that have come from Poland. Their meats combine Old World sausage-making craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technologies.

NEW! Cevapcici Chicago
A staple on Chicago street corners (the name is Eastern European for grilled meat), the sausages of Cevapcici have been well-known faves among city residents for years.

Chicago's Dog House
Since opening in 2009 in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Chicago's Dog House has won acclaim for blending gourmet with fast food sensibilities. They've even been featured on cable's Food Network. From BBQ smoked duck, alligator and rabbit to kangaroo, veggie and turkey, their eclectic sausage offeringsas well as side disheshave earned them a reputation as one of Chicago's hottest sausage emporiums.

Gilbert's Craft Sausages
The premium sausages of this Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, company are wildly popular with connoisseurs of encased meats. Sold in scores of Chicagoland's best-known retail locations, Illinois's northern neighbor has an impeccable global reputation when it comes to sausage making. With names like The Ouisconsin, The Shebeergan and The Froman, SausageFest visitors are in for a treat.

Genoa Italian Concessions
This Chicagoland sausage purveyor is a popular mainstay each year at dozens of area street fests.

Nottoli & Son Italian Sausage Shop
Located on Chicago's far northwest side, Nottoli has been making high-quality fresh Italian sausages since 1947. Today it's home to both a sausage shop and popular deli. It's authentic, and the real Italian deal! Restaurant/food critics and food connoisseurs can't say enough good things about Nottoli's awesome selection of homemade sausages as well as other menu items that include sandwiches, cheeses, breads, salads and pasta. (Note: Nottoli's sausages will be sold at the booth of Greek Delights.)

Paulina Market
When Sigmund Lekan began making sausage and smoking meats at Paulina Market in 1949, Lincoln Avenue in West Lakeview was known as Germantown Chicago. Using recipes and traditions brought over from Old World European butcher shops, it gained a loyal following that has never left. In 1984, his sons moved the Market one block north to a new building. With four smoke-houses, an enlarged sausage kitchen, a bigger retail space and ample freezer rooms, Paulina is today one of Chicago's most iconic meat markets.

Polka Sausage & Deli
This iconic sausage maker was founded on Chicagos southeast side in 1945. Polish and Italian sausages, as well as bratwurst, are among its legendary offerings. Authentic and gourmet European is their reputation. Whether selling sausages, salads, pastries and breads from their storefront deli on Clybourn Avenue near Fullerton, or enchanting visitors at the Taste of Chicago, Polka is a truly legendary sausage specialist.

NEW! Westminster Hot Dog
In a city known for its hot dog stands, the classic sausages of this 100 percent hometown encased meats emporium has been wowing workers and visitors in Chicago's Loop for years at their popular location under the elevated tracks on Wells Street.

How To Get There
Limited street parking may be available on surrounding streets. Public transportation is encouraged as the best way to get to the festival. The CTA Red Line "L" (Addison) is conveniently located just a few blocks from the festival. For routes, directions and connections, call 773.836.7000 or visit www.transitchicago.com.

Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities
Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 773-584-6684 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

Event Logistics
Still have questions regarding event logistics? Please contact Alan Cervenka at 773-584-6683.

Exhibitor Opportunities
Click here for more information and applications on how to exhibit at this event and others. If you have additional questions, please contact Rosy Robinson or at 773.584.6642.

Music Bookings
Any bands or entertainers wishing to be considered for future bookings must submit the following information via email only. Please email us your website, your MySpace links, any other promotional links, a bio is also appreciated. If you are currently playing any Chicagoland venues or clubs, that's important information to include. Last but not least, give us a price range on the band. If you feel your act is especially suited for one specific event, tell us why you're a great fit for that event! Please email to Gehrig Peterson, our Music Director at GPeterson@chicagoevents.com.

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