When: 7-10 p.m. March 31 and April 1 and noon-3 p.m. April 1. VIP ticket holders get in an hour early. Where: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road How much: $100-$200 Tickets: baconfestchicago. com
The skinny: The ninth annual bacon bacchanalia features 150 Chicago chefs—50 per session— putting their creative spins on preparing pork. Your ticket gets you all the meat you can eat plus seven beers, cocktails or glasses of wine. Proceeds benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and you can give more by entering a raffle or bringing food to donate.