Fireman's Chili Cook-off + other Rock Bottom deals!

Last night from 6-8 P.M. was the annual Fireman’s Chili Cook-off and it was the craziest I’ve ever seen it!  It is at Rock Bottom on State + Grand and is a charity event where each firehouse makes a batch of chili to compete and the proceeds go to Muscular Dystrophy or the “Jerry’s Kids” foundation.  It’s always a great event and this year, it was PACKED!  

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The 2011 Winners of the Chef Assisted Chili Cook-Off, Chef Sean from Basil Leaf Cafe and Lt Clarence Norwood from Chicago Fire Department Engine Company 98 hoisting a large trophy!  

My husband, cousin and I go ever year, not only because it’s for charity, but it’s a great deal – this year you could pay $10 and get a bottomless bowl of Chili with all the yummy chili fixin’s (cheese, onions, avocados and more!) and a Fire Chief’s Red Ale AND a Fire Chief’s pint glass.  Deal!  The chili is judged by local celebrities and the winners are awarded giant trophies and can earn bragging right for the next year.  This year Ben a Chicago PR guru from Agency360 matched the Firehouses with renowned Chicago chefs for a new “Chef Assisted” division and it was very popular!  All the “chef assisted” chili was gobbled up first thing!  Not only that, it brought a ton more chili-lovers into Rock Bottom to raise money for charity!  
We had a great time and hope to keep coming back for more fun times at Rock Bottom.  For a great happy hour, come to Rock Bottom from 4-6 PM on Weeknights to get all pizzas and appetizers for a mere $5!  This includes Ahi Tuna, Titan Toothpicks, Giant Onion Rings and more!  And you don’t even have to order too many because these are BIG appetizers,…let’s just call them meals for real – I mean the pizza is like 12-16 inches long and the wings appetizer comes with a dozen wings!  Crazy!  
Also, there’s always a Construction Ale special while there’s construction going on, and that’s a “Beer of the Night” for only $3!  Bring your MUG CLUB card and get upgraded from a normal pint to a giant mug for no additional charge.  Plus every time you visit, gets recorded on your Mug CLUB card and earns you points towards free gifts and prizes like Rock Bottom Pint Glasses, Grill Tools, Growler Coolers and more!  Also – Rock Bottom has one of the BEST summer roof Beer Gardens in the city, and with daily beers for $3 that can have free upgrades, why wouldn’t you want to be at Rock Bottom??


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  • Nice... I like parties... And I love chili! Wish I could have been there to enjoy.

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