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The 6th Annual • SausageFest Chicago • offers food enthusiasts a chance to sample over 25 gourmet sausages produced by our city’s most beloved and longstanding sausage purveyors. This burgeoning festival delivers a unique experience of artisan eats, refreshing drinks, live music, and family-friendly activities. However, its most distinctive event is none other than the heated race to become the next “Sausage King of Chicago”, an annual philanthropic fundraiser between outgoing, bighearted Chicagoans, culminating in the crowning of the new King -with throne, scepter, and all.  NEW festival grounds will encompass the Weed St. District of Lincoln Park, with main entrance at Sheffield and Weed.  Hours of operation are Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 24 (Noon to 8pm daily) with official after-party continuation inside Joe’s Bar until last call.  There is a $5 suggested donation for entry benefiting the Near North Unity Program.


• SausageFest Chicago • is not only about the encased meats… we’re also about the live music beats! This year’s entertainment will feature a fan-favorite ROCK SATURDAY and COUNTRY SUNDAY themed band lineup. Rock Saturday will showcase a variety of cover and tribute acts bringing you the very best of:  Tom Petty, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, and Billy Joel.  Country Sunday will deliver a “head-over-boots” experience with both local and national artists, hand selected by country music cornerstones:  Joe’s Bar and Bub City.


Consistently ranking among one of Chicago’s top food-focused events, • SausageFest Chicago • delivers on the quality and quantity of our sausage selection.  Over 25 craft sausages from a variety of food vendors, both gourmet and refined, will be yours for the taking in all of their encased glory!  The 2016 Vendor lineup will include The Paulina Meat Market, Chicago’s Dog House, Gilbert’s, Spencer’s Jolly Posh, The Raddler, Bub City, The VIG and more!  Be sure to join us and discover your favorites at the fest!


• SausageFest Chicago • will also have non-sausage and vegetarian food items to munch on as well, so not to worry if meat isn’t your thing.


How would you like to be forever-known as the Sausage King of Chicago?  This is your chance! Register by clicking the Sign Up button below.  Submit a quick – but creative bio about why you think you have what it takes to rule the meat-iron throne.  Then it’s off to the races as each contestant campaigns for donations and awareness benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.  The winner will be crowned at SausageFest on the festival main stage, Saturday July 23 at 3pm and will receive…

  • An Authentic Black Hawks Game Jersey
  • Being Honored on your very own Throne All Festival Long
  • Free Beer and Food All Festival Long
  • The Honor of Joining the Fraternity of Fellow Kings… including last year’s winner, Vicky VanDyke: SausageFest’s first ever female participant and winner!
  • With More Prizes To Follow…



Vicki’s Winning Bio:

Step aside, Abe Froman, there’s a new Sausage King in Chicago… maybe. Hopefully.

Winning the title of Sausage King would MEAT so much to me, for many reasons. First of all, the last personal victory I have to brag about is the second grade spelling bee- that was in 1996. Secondly, the longest standing relationship I have ever been in is with sausage- it never disappoints, it makes me happy, it makes me want to be alive. Lastly (but certainly not leastly) Wounded Warrior is a charity that deserves as much recognition and donation as possible.

It’s time for a lady to reign supreme at Sausagefest- because let’s be serious, sausage is a girl’s best friend. So join me in raising some sweet, sweet cash for a truly incredible cause. I’d like to end this with a cheeky joke, but we all know sausage puns are the WURST.

Support the Wounded Warrior Project



This year’s SausageFest will host a Knight-Training Show provided by Medieval Times at 1pm and 4pm *daily on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24. This family-friendly, interactive show will be the highlight for our young festival attendees, as real knights take to the streets for sword fighting and valor training.  It is Free to attend, we only ask that families register their children for a specific showtime so our Knights can prepare accordingly.

Please register for the show by completing the quick form below!

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Date Specification (select one)
 Saturday July 23 Sunday July 24

Showtime (select one)
 1pm 4pm

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For Vendor & General Questions: // 815.354.2068

For Sponsorship: // 312.286.2479

Interested in becoming a Food or Retail Vendor?  Please Register Online!

Fest Entrance at Weed St. & Sheffield