Illinois eating challenges and contests category

Upcoming eating contests
2018 Jul 20Hot Dog Eating Contest Tasty Dawgs of Elk Grove Elk Grove Village, IL
($100)2018 Jul 21 Hot Dog Eating Contest Tonys Fresh Market Prospect Heights, IL
($100)2018 Jul 21 Hot Dog Eating Contest Tonys Fresh Market - Belmont Ave Chicago, IL
$300 2018 Jul 21 Wing Eating Contest Truckin and Cluckin @ Casino Queen East St. Louis, IL
2018 Jul 23Hot Dog Eating Contest Fatpour Tapworks Chicago, IL
2018 Jul 28Dilly Bar Eating Contest Effingham Jam BBQ Cookoff Effingham, IL
2018 Jul 28Pie Eating Contest Wildwood Nature Center Park Ridge, IL
2018 Aug 4Babe's Hot Dog Eating Contest Crossroads Fest Shorewood, IL
$850 ($150)2018 Aug 4 Heinkel’s Hot Dog Eating Finals Decatur Celebration DC Decatur, IL
2018 Aug 4Hot Wing Eating Contest Crossroads Fest Shorewood, IL
2018 Aug 4Pie Eating Contest Crossroads Fest Shorewood, IL
2018 Aug 10Bacon Eating Contest BaconFest Monmouth, IL
2018 Aug 11Ice Cream Eating Contest Gurnee Days Gurnee, IL
2018 Aug 11Rib Eating Contest Gurnee Days Gurnee, IL
2018 Aug 16Pig Out for Charity - police vs. fire 100 Club Chicago, IL
2018 Aug 26Jumbo Slice Eating Contest Bacci Pizzeria Chicago, IL
$175 2018 Sep 1Wing Eating Contest - men Midwest WingFest Fairview Heights, IL
$175 2018 Sep 1Wing Eating Contest - women Midwest WingFest Fairview Heights, IL
Three random eating challenges
2 lb. burger 2 lb. Burger Chicago Joe's Chicago, IL
6 lb. shrimp Po'Boy Fatso's Po'Boy Challenge Phil's Last Stand Chicago, IL includes 1 lb. fries and 32 oz. drink
30 oz. burger Pete's Challenge Pete & Johnny's Lisle, IL burger has american, cheddar & colby jack cheeses
(All Illinois eating challenges and contests in database)

The Decatur Celebration will hold a hot dog eating contest in Decatur, IL on August 4 awarding $500/$250/$100. A qualifier will be held on July 14.
The Chi-Town Hot Sauce Expo will hold a Carolina Reaper pepper eating contest in Bridgeview, IL on June 24 awarding $1000 if the Guinness record is broken. Other spicy eating challenges will be held throughout the weekend.
Ribfest Chicago will take place from June 8 to 10 and the website has no listing of an upcoming eating contest. It would be interesting to know if the vegan stage-crashing played a role in the competition termination.
Spanish food challengers "Joe Burgerchallenge" and "Dave Cheats" have started a trip in Chicago in which they will do food challenges in restaurants along Route 66. The tour will conclude in Los Angeles where they will be part of a team attempting the 54 inch pizza challenge at Big Mama's & Papa's. update May 16 A four person team finished the 10 pound meatball sub challenge at Bartolini's in Midlothian in 4:48, IL and won $2500.
NBCChicago has an article about Juan Rodriguez and Sarah Reinecke attempting the 32 ounce "Mega Mary" Bloody Mary challenge at the Rib House in Crystal Lake, IL. Some of the toppings for the libation include a full slab of ribs, brats, sliders, 1/2 a chicken, doughnuts, cinammon rolls and a cantaloupe. update May 6 Facebook video of the attempt update< May 7 The Northwest Herald has an article about the attempts.
WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley is expected to attend a taco eating contest at Adobe Gila's in Rosemont, IL on April 8. There will be separate divisions for men & women.
Mamma Mia's in Rockford, IL will award $1,000 to an amateur competitive eater that can finish its Godfather sandwich challenge in under 10 minutes. $750 will be paid out if the finishing time is under 15 minutes and the prize is $400 if it is completed in under half an hour. (via 97Z)
Bartolini's in Midlothian, IL will award $2500 to a team of 4 amateurs if they can break Molly Schuyler's time of 6:51 for the 10 pound meatball sub challenge.

2018 Hopcat Crack Fry qualifiers

Here are the results I have for yesterday’s Crack Fry eating qualifiers held at Hopcat locations in the Midwest. Sam Pohlen was the first female to win a crack fry contest. update Ethan Teske won the Minneapolis contest.

2018 Jan 20 1st 3.6 Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti Chicago, IL
2018 Jan 20 2nd 3.34 Brandon Clark Chicago, IL
2018 Jan 20 1st ? Kyle “The Hammer” Hanner Indianapolis, IN
2018 Jan 20 1st 1.8625 Sam Pohlen Grand Rapids, MI
2018 Jan 20 1st ? Rob Chopp Kalamazoo, MI
2018 Jan 20 1st ? Nick Adanczyk Kansas City, MO

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"Beard Meats Food" reported that Chicago competitive eater Tony "T-Bone" Mitchell passed away. A twitter thread announcing a tribute page appears to confirm the sad news. an obituary page.
Molly Schuyler has uploaded a video of her attempt at the 32 inch Big Don pizza challenge with Tony Mitchell at Mama Mia's in Rockford, IL to win a prize of $500.
Von Garcon says he will award $200 to someone who can finish a 7 pound burrito in Chicago in under an hour. At least three challengers must attempt the meal.
Tony Mitchell ate 5 jumbo slices in 15 minutes to defend his title and claim the $2500 first prize in the Bacci Pizza Fest in Chicago.
Bacci Pizza will hold an eating contest in Chicago on September 30 awarding $2500 to the winner. (Previous Bacci contests have been amateur only). Entrants need to qualify by eating two jumbo slices in under 15 minutes. reports that Brandon "da Garbage Disposal" Clark ate a contest record 27 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win the first prize at Heinkel’s Hot dog Eating Contest at Decatur Celebration in Decatur, IL.
The Slice Factory will hold a pizza eating competition on September 2 at Taste of Melrose Park in Chicago awarding $3500/$1000/$500. Entrants will need to eat two jumbo slices to qualify.

2017 Naperville, IL Ribfest Nathan’s qualifier

update The Chicago Daily Herald has a contest report that says two women competed.


Full men’s results Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

1st 30.5 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez
2nd 16 Eric Vernsten
3rd 15 Cody Malanowski
4th 11.25 Phillip Yang
5th 9.5 Derek Sanderson
6th 9 Dave Luthman
6th 9 Nick Needs
6th 9 Paul “The Douche” Zwiercan

1W) Marlene Wigginton 11

The contest has started according to the festival twitter.

Comments (34) has a report on yesterday's qualifier for the eating contest at Decatur Celebration. Brandon "Da Disposal" Clark won with a record 24.5 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

2017 Chicago Ribfest

Official results Part 1 | Part 2

1st 4.06 Gideon Oji
2nd 3.95 Miki Sudo
3rd 3.8 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco
4th 3.675 Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan
5th 3.45 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez
6th 2.66 Sophia Devita
7th 2.34 Andrew “The Bear” Kogutkiewicz
8th 1.99 Matthew Raible

It appears Gideon Oji won the contest according to this picture

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The Vegan Chicago page has no plans to disrupt today's eating contest at the Chicago Ribfest. Last year, they announced their intention to crash the competition on the website.
Registration is now open for the eating contest at the Chicago Ribfest on June 9. A donut eating contest in Santa Monica on June 2 has also been added to the MLE calendar (registration yet to open).
Registration is now open for the last two Nathhan's qualifiers: in Washington, DC June 224 and Naperville, IL July 1 (date changed from June 30).
Molly Schuyler attempted the 32 inch "Big Don" challenge at Mamma Mia's in Rockford, IL yesterday without a partner. The result will be announced on an upcoming television show.
The Chicago Ribfest will hold a MLE eating contest on June 9.
Myron Mixon's Smoke Show Barbecue will hold a bacon eating contest on March 11 awarding $500 to the winner.
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