ROSCOE VILLAGE — The Roscoe Village Burger Fest returns this month with 10 local restaurants competing for the title of “Chicago’s Best Burger.”
The 15th Roscoe Village Burger Fest is July 15-17 in the 2000 block of West Belmont Avenue, according to the event’s announcement.
The festival will feature vendor tents where people can buy grilled burgers, including some with unique toppings and vegan options. New to the festival this year are Lola’s Coney Island, 2858 W. Chicago Ave., and Declan’s Irish Pub, 1240 N. Wells St.
“Each restaurant will have their own special take on their burger for the event,” Buzil said. “Some of the burgers you’ll see are vegetarian Beyond Burgers, a chorizo burger, lamb burgers and the Coney cheeseburger.”
Other participating restaurants:
- Byron’s Hot Dogs, 1017 W. Irving Park Road and 1701 W. Lawrence Ave.
- Fatso’s Last Stand, 1982 N. Clybourn Ave. and 2258 W. Chicago Ave.
- Reggies, 2105 S. State St.
- Select Cut Steak House, 2808 N. Halsted St.
- Epic Burger, 1000 W. North Ave.
- The StopAlong, 1812 N. Milwaukee Ave.
- Tandoor Char House, 2652 N. Halsted St.
- Lush Food and Drink, 2022 Central St. in Evanston.
A panel of local celebrity guest judges will vote to decide the “Critics Choice Award” winner, which will be announced Saturday evening, said Bruce Buzil with Special Events Management. Judges include me (Block Club’s very own Jake Wittich), Christine Zwolinski of the Chicago Good Life, Samantha Esposito from Chicago Burger Bible and Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd).
Throughout the weekend, festivalgoers can vote for the “People’s Choice Award” winner, which will be announced Sunday evening, Buzil said.
The festival will have two stages of live music, featuring local favorites Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press, Trippin Billies and Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute, Buzil said. It will also have a family-friendly Kids Zone and a Dog Zone with an agility course and pet pool.
“It’s a great festival with a lot of delicious food and entertainment,” Buzil said. “We’re very excited for this year and looking forward to seeing everyone.”
A donation of $10 is suggested for entry and will fund future programs and services by the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce.
Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.
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