The Chicagoist will be launching later but in the meantime please enjoy our archives.

Warm Your Inside And Keep The Poor Warm With The Fifth Annual Wicker Park Chili Cookoff And Coat Drive

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Oct 1, 2013 7:45PM


We’re racing into chili season and damn near everyone has a recipe claiming to be the Holy Grail of chili. Why not put it to the test at the fifth annual Wicker Park Chili Cookoff, Nov. 3 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.?

This cookoff, held at Moonshine on Division Street, features up to 16 pro and amateur cooks competing for the Gilded Ladle Trophy and a bowl full of cash—voted on exclusively by the public. In addition to the Gilded Ladle Trophy and bragging rights, the first prize winner will receive $600 cash. Second place receives $300 and third prize will walk away with $150. If you feel you have the winning chili recipe and want to participate, email Greg Bauer here.

The competition will also serve as a coat drive sponsored by First Ward Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno. Guests who donate a coat will receive $5 off admission in advance and at the door on the day of the cookoff. Admission is $10 in advance, $5 with a coat and tickets may be purchased online at Ticketweb beginning Oct. 4. Admission on the day of the cookoff is $15, $10 with a coat for donation.

Moonshine is located at 1824 W. Division St.