Old Town Events: Sausage Fest Chicago

Looking for a great festival in Chicago with food, drinks and live music? Then head on down to the heart of Chicago’s historic Old Town on the weekend of August 22-24 for a festival you won’t forget: the one-and-only annual Sausage Fest!

This year’s sausage party will be located at St. Michael’s Church at the entrance of North Avenue and Cleveland streets. Take a gander and try some of the finest encased meats the city has to offer from Chicago’s most beloved and established butchers.

You can expect to sample a plethora of wonderful wieners from many sausage vendors including:

-The southwest side’s Bobak’s Chicago Sausageologists
-Lakeview’s Paulina Market—one of Chicago’s most iconic meat markets
-The northwest side’s Nottoli—an Italian deli that has been making homemade eats since 1947
-Gilbert’s Craft Sausages with encased meats made with beef sirloin, natural cheeses and spices. Gilbert’s never uses any artificial preservatives, extenders or flavors.
-Haute Sausage (pronounced “Hot Sausage” with a Chicago accent) started as the Haute Sausage Food truck in 2011, and has since grown into a brick and mortar store at 335 S. Franklin St.
-AND…Lincoln Park’s unique Chicago’s Dog House, created by sausage enthusiasts who make interesting varieties like BBQ smoked duck and alligator!

Beyond the meat, the most exciting and popular event at Sausage Fest is the race for Sausage King of Chicago! This annual competition crowns and thrones the one contestant who raises the most donations for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit that serves injured veterans and their families. The Sausage King will receive a throne, a crown, a scepter, free food and drinks at the festival, A VIP section for King, friends and family, a Blackhawk jersey, Cubs tickets, their name and pictures on the Sausage King website, and the best part: being honored the official title of “Sausage King of Chicago”!

Sausage Fest will also have lots of family-friendly games and activities. Entrance on North Ave. and Cleveland.

Hope to see you there!
The Live Music Schedule:

Friday: 5 pm – 10 pm
5:00 The Ivorys
6:30 pm Seabird
8:30 pm The Verve Pipe

Saturday: 12 pm – 10 pm
1:30 The Legal Immigrants,
3:00 Sausage King Ceremony
4:00 pm Vintage Blue
6:00 Beggars Banquet (Rolling Stones Cover Band)
8:00 Michael McDermott

Country Sunday: 12 pm – 8 pm
12:00 pm Hey Cowboy
2:30 pm Suburban Cowboys
4:30 pm Allan Craig Miller
6:30 pm Jacob Martin Band
Special Guest: Country DJ Fast Lane

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