Deep in the heart of winter, Chicago goes on a comfort food binge. Yesterday was no exception. It was the Seventeenth Annual WingFest. The hot ticket fest held in Bailey Auditorium in the in the equally hot West Loop neighborhood brought together almost 2000 of Chicago area wing lovers in a quest to find Chicago’s best wings.
Once inside, its all you can eat with over 50,000 wings consumed. Breaking that down per person–that’s more than 25 wings each. Here’s a look:
Eighteen Chicago area restaurants participated in this year’s WingFest including: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Mc Q’s Sports, Brew & BBQ, Mr. Brown’s Lounge, The Ogden, The Jerk Shack Caribbean Grill, The Kerryman, Mash Kitchen, Reverie Chicago, Mahoney’s Pub & Grille, Reggie’s, Timothy O’Toole’s, Whisk, Output, Lottie’s, The Pony, Buffalo Wings & Rings, Unite Urban Grill, and Gators Wing Shack.
And the winners are…
Best Hot Wings: Timothy O’Toole’s.
Best BBQ Wings: Dinosaur BBQ
Best Exotic Wings: Output.
Rookie of the Year: Dinosaur BBQ.
Best of the Fest: Dinosaur BBQ.
The winners in the male and female eating competitions are:
Katrina Fraley of Chicago returning as Lady of the Wings. And Tony Pugh the self-proclaimed “Wing Daddy” from Chicago, walked away with the Lord of the Wings title.
Another winner at this year’s WingFest is Chicago Neighbors United, a non-profit, community based organization that provides educational scholarships and programs to inner city youth residing in the 27th Ward of Chicago. The organization received $5000 for their cause as part of WingFest’s ongoing efforts to raise funds for charities. Since its inception, WingFest has contributed over $155,000 to various charities.
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