Chicago eating challenges and contests category

Upcoming Chicago eating contests
2018 May 26Beef Eating Contest Italian Beef Fest Chicago, IL
2018 May 26Rib Eating Contest - police City Barbeque Deerfield, IL
2018 Jun 1Donut Eating Contest Des Plaines Corps Des Plaines, IL
2018 Jun 16Haggis Eating Contest Scottish Festival & Highland Games Itasca, IL
2018 Jun 17Rib Eating Contest Porky's Rib Fest @ Toyota Park Bridgeview, IL
2018 Jun 23The Italian Beef Sandwich of Destruction Chicago Hot Sauce Expo Chicago, IL
2018 Jun 23Spicy Taco of Hell Chicago Hot Sauce Expo Chicago, IL
2018 Jun 23Chucks Café Spicy Pulled Pork Challenge Chicago Hot Sauce Expo Chicago, IL
2018 Jun 23The Hot Diggity Dog Challenge Chicago Hot Sauce Expo Chicago, IL
2018 Jun 23Cranked To 11 Spontaneous Combusted Challenge Chicago Hot Sauce Expo Chicago, IL
2018 Jun 23Deep Dish Pizza of Doom Challenge Chicago Hot Sauce Expo Chicago, IL
2018 Jun 23Taco Eating Contest Zombie Taco Chicago, IL
2018 Jun 24Slaytanic Burrito Challenge Chicago Hot Sauce Expo Chicago, IL
2018 Jun 24Death Wing Challenge Chicago Hot Sauce Expo Chicago, IL
2018 Jun 24Carolina Reaper Pepper Eating Contest Chicago Hot Sauce Expo Chicago, IL
2018 Jun 27Inferno Fest Eating Contest Inferno Fest Highwoods, IL
2018 Jun 30Ice Cream Eating Contest Eyes to the Skies Festival Lisle, IL
2018 Jul 4Pie Eating Contest Americana Jubilee Elgin, IL
2018 Jul 15Ice Cream Eating Contest Windmill City Festival Batavia, IL
2018 Aug 4Hot Wing Eating Contest Crossroads Fest Shorewood, IL
2018 Aug 4Pie Eating Contest Crossroads Fest Shorewood, IL
2018 Aug 4Babe's Hot Dog Eating Contest Crossroads Fest Shorewood, IL
Three random Chicago eating challenges
40 ounce steak Big Shoulders Carmichael's Chicago Steakhouse Chicago, IL
3 lb. burger Slammer Burger Challenge Slammers Pub & Grill Lemont, IL
4 patty burger ROCKStar Burger Challenge Rocks Chicago, IL Lincoln Park and Lakeview locations, includes a pound of fries, 4 lbs. total
(All Chicago eating challenges and contests in database)

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.
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.
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.
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.

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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).
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.
Tony Mitchell ate 5 jumbo slices to win the first prize of $1000 in today's contest at Bacci Pizza in Chicago. Malack was the runner up and Teddy Delacruz was third.
Taco in a Bag will host the World Cereal Eating Competition at Sidecar in Chicago on October 9. The winner will receive free Taco in a Bag for a year.
Bacci Pizza in Chicago will hold its annual eating contest on October 8 awarding $1000/$500/$250. Entrants need to eat two Jumbo slices to qualify.
Yelp Chicago has a request for big eaters to participate an upcoming food challenge in August.

2016 Chicago Ribfest

Full Results Part 1 | Part 2
1 Adrian Morgan 2.951 lbs
2 Miki Sudo 2.825
3 Juan Rodriguez 2.737
4 Gideon Oji 2.612
5 Michelle Lesco 2.431
6 Erik Denmark 1.912
7 Andrew Kogutkiewicz 1.718
8 Sean Nichols 1.643

update Adrian Morgan won the contest with 2.951 lb in 8 minutes

Juan “More Bite” Rodriguez confronted a protester who got on the stage. update Link was pulled, another image

The contest disruption planned by Vegan Chicago is still on as far as as I know. Hopefully no one will get hurt.

Sean Nichols won last night’s qualifier.

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Chicago Ribfest disruption plans changed still has a post from Vegan Chicago about their plans to disrupt and “shut down” Friday’s eating contest at Ribfest Chicago. They have changed their assembly site from a restaurant to John C. Coonley Elementary School. 16 people have said they are going.

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Miki Sudo, Michelle Lesco, Adrian Morgan, Juan Rodriguez, Erik Denmark, Gideon Oji, Andrew Kogutkiewicz and the winner of a qualifier Thursday at Rocks Northcenter are expected at the Chicago Ribfest June 10.
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