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Roscoe Village Burger Fest

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

Date: Saturday/Sunday, July 11-12
Time: Saturday & Sunday: 11am to 10pm
Location: Belmont & Damen, Roscoe Village | Chicago
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Beneficiary: Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce

Flippin' hot! July is about to get a few degrees hotter than normal when some of Chicago's finest burger emporiums and restaurants fire up their grills at this year's Roscoe Village Burger Fest. Add to that a rockin' music on two stages and summer is gonna be sizzling.

In addition to mouth-watering patties and great music on two stages, there's also a popular "Kids' Zone" activity area as well arts & craft vendors. Visitors will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite Chicago burger.

A $10 suggested donation benefits the Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce.

Coming soon!
Cortland's Garage Voted Visitors' 2014 Burger 'Fave'
Rockit Burger Bar Wins 'Critics' Choice' Honors
It's a grand slam for Cortland's Garage! The lauded Bucktown burger joint (1645 W. Cortland), which made their second appearance at Roscoe Village Burger Fest on July 13-14, won first place honors for making visitors' "favorite" burgers in text voting at the 2013 patty extravaganza. They also, for the second year running, won the Critics' Choice Award for best burger as judged by local culinary experts.

This year's Critics' Choice judges were: chef Ina "Breakfast Queen" Pinkney from Ina's in the West Loop; culinary doyenne Amanda Puck (thefoodarazzi.com); Chicago Reader food critic/writer Mike Sula; and food guru/entrepreneur/author Gary Wiviott.

2014 Participating Burger Vendors
Butcher & The Burger
A "Dash of Old-Fashion Butcher Shop With a Pinch of Culinary Artistry" is how this bustling Armitage Avenue eatery that returns to Burger Fest for its third year describes itself. It's an equally perfect characterization of their breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings. From breakfast and salmon to elk and bison burgers, B&B takes pride in their offering. And let's mention their spices, toppings and bun selections. B & B's mixes both gourmet and traditional burger fare at this Lincoln Park food emporium with an acclaimed culinary reputation.

Cortland's Garage
This place has Burger Fest bragging rights! In 2012, their first year at the event, they won the Critics' Choice Award. And in 2013 Cortland's won that award again PLUS the People's Choice for 'Fave Fest Burger'! Awesome is the only way to describe this Bucktown's eatery's menu. From an incredible burger offering to sandwiches, wraps and much more, this food spot is rockin' with its award-winning burger menu that includes the Damen "Bleu" Line, "Ashland Avenue," "Paulina Street" and spicy "18th Street" burgers.

NEW! DMK Burger Bar
With a location on Sheffield in Chicago, DMK has an acclaimed reputation as a must-visit food and drink destination. It's easy to see why. From their sides that include specialty milkshakes, house-made sodas and mac & cheese to their salads and fries, it's still the almighty burger that takes the grand prize. DMK is always creatively tweaking their burger offerings. With concoctions like Fried Bologna, Bison, Chilaquiles, Meat Lovers and Coconut Curry Shrimp burgers, we're in heaven!

Goose Island Brewpubs
If there's a brewery synonymous with Chicago, it's without a doubt Goose Island. Their popular Goose Island Brewpubs, with locations in Lincoln Park and Wrigleyville, not only showcase their acclaimed selection of ales and lagers but offer up a tasty burger and sandwich menu as well. A popular and loyal Burger Fest participant from Year One, pepper crusted, vegetarian, prime beef and turkey burgers are just a few of their sumptuous offerings.

BACK IN 2014! John's Place
They took a break from Burger Fest in 2013, but are back with a vengeance in 2014. In fact, at the inaugural Roscoe Village Burger Fest in 2010, they took first place honors for visitors' "Fave Burger"! With locations in Roscoe Village and Lincoln Park, John's Place has been serving soothing, home-style cuisine with an eclectic twist since 1994. Their burgers are a popular item on their lunch and dinner menus. It's all about comfort foods and a friendly vibe on John's sidewalk cafes in the summer, and cozy fireplaces in the winter.

Leader Bar Drafthouse & Eatery
Back for their second year, Leader Bar Drafthouse & Eatery, located on Irving Park Rd. just a few blocks west of Western, is a cozy neighborhood eatery. Along with an expansive offering of made-from-scratch comfort foods and beer selection, Leader also welcomes sports fans to enjoy games on its flat screens, or kick back in their popular outdoor beer garden. From their namesake "Leader Burger" and "The California" to the "Juicy Lucy," their pizza burger or the hot 'n spicy "El Diablo," their patty offerings alone have customers coming back for more.

NEW! McGee's Tavern & Grille
Located on Webster in the heart of Lincoln Park, McGee's is a friendly neighborhood mega-tavern featuring nearly 30 beers on tap. It's a great a place for viewing sports on one of 30-plus TVs, hearing the occasional band and, of course, an eclectic menu that includes lots of pizza choices, sandwiches, soups, salads and other yummy appetizers. On the patty front, what's not to love about McGee's "Hangover" (topped with a fried egg) or combo beef-turkey "Webster" burger?

NEW! Reggie's Rock Club/Music Joint
This South Loop entertainment emporium does it all: Music! Concerts! Food! Cocktails! And much more. On Reggies' food front, burgers take center stage. Among their patty offerings (all made from Angus beef and all cooked on an open-flame, wood-fired grill) are: BBQ Bacon, Texas Jalapeno, Chorizo, Caesar Salad and Mushroom Swiss burgers. Add to that their tasty hand-cut fries, and Reggies will make a fine debut appearance at Burger Fest.

Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro
This popular and cozy Lincoln Avenue eatery in the North Center neighborhood has been a frequent participant at Burger Fest over the years. They opened their doors in 2005 and have a long tradition of hospitality. The brainchild of the late Jim Murphy, owner of the legendary Wrigleyville bar Murphy's Bleachers, this family-owned restaurant brings an eclectic Irish, British and Scottish cuisine (including burgers!) to an authentic Dublin bistro setting.

Rockit Burger Bar
They're back at Burger Fest! With its flagship location in River North (and an outpost in Wrigleyville), it's safe to say the Rockit is downtown Chicago's premierand one of the city's most nationally-spotlightedeateries. In fact, in 2012 Rockit won top honors for making visitors' 'Fave' burger at the fest! Stylish, yet casual, defines its casual/contemporary American cuisine that includes salads, entrees and sandwiches that includes the famous "Rockit Burger."

Select Cut Steakhouse
Opening its doors in 1994 on Halsted Street in Lakeview, and a popular Burger Fest staple from its inaugural year, Select Cut has an acclaimed reputation as a friendly, casual neighborhood eatery known for its top quality steaks and burgers. This includes both their award-winning steak burger and tasty namesake "Select Cut" burger. Seafood, ribs and more are also on their menu. Family-owned and operated, the owners take pride in making sure every customer is pleasantly satisfied with their broad menu offerings at each visit.

NEW! The Slide Ride
These mobile folks take pride in both their food, and that they are Chicago's original slider truck. Their four-wheeler was born out of a passion to create delicious mini sandwiches on the go. One of their most high-profile stops in 2014 will be as first-timers at Burger Fest! As a gourmet food truck their menu offerings are relatively tight in comparison to bricks-and-mortar restaurants. But expect to be wowed by their signature Bacon Baby, Guinness and Jalapeno Jack slider-sized patties.

Square Bar & Grill
"Come for Grub. Stay for Drinks." That's the tagline this hot spot on the 2800 block of West Belmont has on its website. But for fans of Square Bar's eclectic food & drink offerings, burgers are a star attraction at this eatery that returns to Burger Fest for its second year. From its namesake "Big Square" burger to the char-broiled "Volcano" burger stuffed with a cheese blend on a pretzel bun, and the popular "American Dream" burger with smoked apple-wood bacon and Swiss cheese that's packed between a grilled cheese sandwich, organic microbrews might be a huge Square Bar draw, but it's their patties that have customers coming back for more!

Stanley's Kitchen & Tap
Lincoln Avenue may be Stanley's bricks-and-mortar location, but you'll also find their acclaimed "StanBurger" at both O'Hare Airport (at Terminal 2's Stanley's Blackhawks Bar) and at The Broadcast and Sheffield Grills inside Wrigley Field where they are the official burger of the Chicago Cubs. Founded in 1993, Stanley's is a loyal and popular Burger Fest participant. In fact, their burgers were voted visitors' "fave" in 2011! Beyond the eponymous StanBurger (plus the "Elvis," turkey and "Green Chili 'n Cheese" burgers), Stanley's takes great pride in their eclectic Southern home-style menu.

About the Beneficiary - Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce
Since 1996, the Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce has been working for Roscoe Village businesses. The Chamber is dedicated to providing leadership to help create the best possible place in which to operate a business, while enhancing the region as desirable place to live, work, and visit. The RVCC is a unique Chamber surrounded by 5000 residential residents. There are over 250 businesses in Roscoe Village boarded by Western, Diversey, Ravenswood, and Addison. Through a variety of programs the RVCC works to positively impact the economic vitality and enhance the quality of life in the Village while supporting the growth of Chamber Member businesses. Visit www.rvcc.biz for more information.

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, Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669 or
Vernon Cocroft at 773-584-6610.

Vendor/Exhibitor Opportunities
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