100 Reasons to Buy Tickets to Baconfest 2012

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Bacon Drumsticks from iNG [Photograph: Daniel Zemans]

When it comes to Baconfest—the annual conference where people gather together to eat loads of, um, bacon—the advertising basically takes care of itself. Mention bacon and watch the tickets sell. But as we've explored for the past few years, Baconfest hasn't simply rested on its cured pork laurels. Each year it has grown bigger and more comprehensive, and this year the organization pulled in over 100 different chefs—almost twice as many as last year. Now, whether you should eat 100 different bacon dishes is another question, but we'll sure try. If you're interested in trying, tickets go on sale in a few weeks, and you can signup for the e-mail updates. In the meantime, take a look at the massive list of chefs.

2 SPARROWS - Gregory Ellis 694 WINE & SPIRITS - Chris Dunstatter AJA ATWOOD CAFE - Derek Simcik AUTRE MONDE CAFE - Dan Pancake & Beth Partridge BAKIN' & EGGS - Bob and Gina Hartwig BEDFORD (The) - Mark Steuer BENNY'S CHOP HOUSE - Jonathan Lane BIG JONES - Paul Fehribach BISTRO CAMPAGNE - Michael Altenberg BLACK DOG GELATO - Jessica Oloroso BLEEDING HEART BAKERY & CAFE BLT AMERICAN BRASSERIE - Aksel Theilkuhl BLUE 13 - Chris Curren BRANCH 27 - Cary Michael BRIDGE HOUSE TAVERN - Mark Hemmer BRIDGEPORT PASTY - Jay Sebastian & Carrie Clark BRISTOL - Chris Pandel - (* 4 year BFC VET) BROWNTROUT - Sean Sanders BURGER BAR CHICAGO - John McLean BUTCHER & THE BURGER - Allen Sternweiler CAFÉ des ARCHITECTES - Greg Biggers CAFE SPIAGGIA - Sarah Grueneberg and Aaron Diener CANTINA 46 - Troy Graves - (* 4 year BFC VET) CANTINA LAREDO - Larry Sinclair CHALKBOARD - Gilbert Langlois - (* 4 year BFC VET) CHIZAKAYA - Harold Jurado CUSTOM HOUSE TAVERN - Perry Hendrix DAVANTI ENOTECA - Jonathan Beatty deca RESTAURANT + BAR at the Ritz Carlton - Mark Payne ELLY'S PANCAKE HOUSE EPIC RESTAURANT - Mark Pollard FARMHOUSE - Eric Mansavage FEAST - Debbie Sharpe FLIGHT 1551 - Robyn Marfurt FRANCESCA'S FORNO - Kael Klassen GEMINI BISTRO - Jason Paskewitz GIRL & THE GOAT - Stephanie Izard GLENVIEW HOUSE - Grant Slauterbeck HEARTY - Dan Smith HOPLEAF - Ben Sheagren INOVASI - John des Rosiers IPO - Trevor Hoyte J LAFAYETTE CATERING CO. - Alexander L. Martin LA MADIA - Jonathan Fox LEOPOLD - Jeffrey Hedin LILLIE'S Q - Charlie Mckenna LOCKWOOD RESTAURANT at the Palmer House - Greg Elliott LOKaL - Artur Wnorowski and Ruben Torres MAGNOLIA CAFE - Kas Medhat MARKET BAR CHICAGO - Evan Packer MARKETHOUSE - Scott Walton MAY ST. CAFE - Mario Santiago MERCADITO - Patricio Sandoval MERCAT A LA PLANXA - Jose Garces and Cory Morris MEXIQUE - Carlos Gaytan N9NE STEAK HOUSE - Jimmy Farrell NACIONAL 27 - Francisco Vilchez NANA - Alan Krueger NONNA SANTI'S BISCOTTI - Jo-Marie Frigo OLD TOWN SOCIAL - Jared Vancamp PADDY LONG'S - Patrick Berger & Chris Latchford PARK GRILL at Millenium Park - Alex Shalev PENINSULA HOTEL - Kai Lermen PENSIERO RISTORANTE - Brandon Baltzley PIECE - Bill Jacobs, Jonathan Cutler & Antonio Jops PLEASANT HOUSE BAKERY - Art and Chelsea Jackson PRIMEHOUSE (David Burke's) - Rick Gresh - (* 4 year BFC VET) PROVINCE - Randy Zweiban PUBLIC HOUSE and BULL & THE BEAR - David Blonsky PURE KITCHEN - Steven Hubbell QUINCE - Andy Motto RED BUTTER - Monica Sharma RED CANARY - Daniel Tolentino ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY CHICAGO - Shawn Murphy ROOTS HANDMADE PIZZA SABLE KITCHEN & BAR - Heather Terhune SAIGON SISTERS RESTAURANT - Mary Nguyen Aregoni SIGNATURE ROOM - Chef T.B.A. SIXTEEN - Sarah Kosikowski SMALL BAR - Justin White SOUTH WATER KITCHEN - Roger Waysok SPACCA NAPOLI - Jonathan Goldsmith STANLEY'S KITCHEN AND TAP - Jaysen Euler STATE & LAKE at The Wit Hotel - Evan Percoco SUNDA - Jess De Guzman TABLE FIFTY-TWO - Chef Art Smith TERZO PIANO at the Art Institute of Chicago - Margaret Colleran Sahs THE PIGGERY - Thomas Riemer THREE ACES - Matt Troost TINY LOUNGE - Chef T.B.D. TOWNHOUSE RESTAURANT & WINE BAR TRENCHERMEN - Pat Sheerin & Michael Sheerin - (* 4 year BFC VET - Pat Sheerin) UNCLE BUB'S BBQ - Mark Link UNION SUSHI + BARBEQUE BAR - Chao VIE - Nathan Sears - (* 4 year BFC VET) WEST TOWN TAVERN - Susan Goss WILDFIRE - Paul Guerrero WITTS WOW BAO - Hot Asian Buns ZAPATISTA ZED451 - Patrick Quakenbush