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Chicago Pizza Fest

Chicago Pizza Fest

Date: Sat/Sun, June 16-17
Time: Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 10pm Daily
Location: Wilson & Broadway | Chicago
It's back! The Windy City's love affair with pizza will again be the main entrée at Chicago's 3rd annual Pizza Fest which--after a three-year hiatus--returns to a new location.(The first two fests, in 2007 and 2008, were held in the DePaul neighborhood.)

In addition to thin, thick and gourmet pizza sold by the slice (or whole pies), Chicago Pizza Fest also features plenty of music including legendary Los Angeles New Wave/synthpop band Berlin with original lead singer Terri Nunn, North Carolina folk rockers Delta Rae, and hip hop tribute act Too White Crew. In addition to food and music, the fest will also feature arts & craft vendors plus an opportunity for visitors to vote for their favorite slice.

Entertainment Schedule
12:15 p.m. - One Night Band
1:35 p.m. - One Night Band
3:05 p.m. - Red Hot Riot
4:25 p.m. - Red Hot Riot
4:30 p.m. - Pizza Speed Eating Contest (sign up before 4pm at the event command center located on Kenmore, north of Wilson)
5:55 p.m. - Dick Diamond and the Dusters
7:05 p.m. - Dick Diamond and the Dusters
8:45 p.m. - Berlin featuring Terri Nunn

Noon - Stache
2:00 p.m. - Supernaut
3:30 p.m. - People's Choice Best Pizza Competition (be a judge!)
4:00 p.m. - Secondhand Smoke
5:30 p.m. - Your Villain, My Hero
8:00 p.m. - Too White Crew

Chicagoland's Best Pizza Contest
We are searching for Chicagolands Best Pizza makers during this two-day PIZZA FEST.

We are asking pizza establishments to submit two (2) pizzas in order to compete against each other to be crowned the best pizza in four (4) categories. There is a $25 entry fee for the competition. The entry fee allows contestants to enter two of the four categories.

Voting Procedure

"Virtual Choice"
A Text-To-Vote competition will be available for any patron with a cell phone. Voting will take place for this competition on both days and will be displayed a large screen. The winner will be determined by the highest number of votes received. The Virtual Choice will be only determine the Category for:
  1. Chicago's Best (Best in Fest)
The "Virtual Choice" winner will be announced daily at 7:45 P.M.

"People's Choice"
A judging panel will be composited of regular Chicagoans who have signed up on chicagoevents.com along with attendees of the fest who sign up that day. This team of judges will have the distinct pleasure of determining the winner for the following categories:
  1. Best Chicago Style (pan/deep-dish)
  2. Best Thin Style
  3. Best Gourmet/Unique
The "Peoples Choice" judging will take place on Sunday, June 17 at 3:30 P.M.

Determining Winners

"Virtual Choice"  at 7:40 PM on both Saturday and Sunday the votes that have been 'text-in' will be tallied and a winner will be determined. The winner for each day will receive a plaque.

"Peoples Choice"  After all pizzas are judged by the panel, scores will be calculated and winners will be announced at approximately 4:10 PM on Sunday. There will be one winner in each category. Plaques will be awarded to the winners in each category.

  • Contest entry fee $25 includes participation into either one (1) or two (2) categories.
  • Must provide two (2) pizzas for each category entered.
  • Pizzas must be 16-18" in diameter and cut into 2"x3" inch squares.
  • Pizzas must be delivered on Sunday, June 17th to the backstage area by 2:30 P.M. (Judging begins at 3:30 P.M.)
  • To deliver to pizzas enter heading South on N Winthrop Ave (from W Leland Ave) to N Kenmore Ave.
  • Pizzas will be immediately transferred to warmed boxes upon drop off.
  • Pizza must be clearly labeled with restaurant name, along with a menu from your establishment.
  • Breaking any of the above regulations will result in automatic disqualification.

For more information including a contest application, click here.

Event Logistics
Still have questions regarding event logistics? Please contact Special Events Management at 773.868.3010.

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.

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.

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