One Wild Wing Ding

Sun. March 12, 2017 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn

Chicago Best's WingFest returned to Chicago this year, although at a new venue this time. This was much needed after the massive crowds that have attended in the past.

Just approaching the UIC Pavilion one can see the party inside. Tailgaters are already drinking in nearby parking lots in preparation to the festivities.

There's even a man in a chicken costume outside welcoming guests at the entrance.

Plan on spending the extra money for VIP next year. It is crucial to having a good time and enjoying the event, before things turn into a frat party.

The festival makes a great way for businesses to promote themselves as they compete for the title Best of Fest.

Half Day Brewing won Best of Fest and Rookie of the Year for 2017. Other standouts were Paisans Pizzeria taking home the mild category and exotic category.

Downstairs from my day job at the Tribune Howells & Hood stood out in the hot category and the exotic category.

For me some fun vendors to stop by were Spin, known for their ping pong, but gave me a full meal of chicken goodness and Output Lounge had a fun team to chat with also.

Most booths had a hot and mild selection to choose from. The problem was there not much to soothe a tongue on fire!

My lips almost burned off before I could find a stand with ranch to cool down.

There needs to be water set up somewhere for ticket buyers to cool off. A water sponsor for next year is really important.

At the upcoming Baconfest located at UIC Forum on March 31 and April 1 have been really good in the past at having beverage sponors for thirsty people.

A big reminder is to arrive early to WingFest. The band Cadillac Dave was very loud and did not allow a lof chit chat with the vendors once they began playing.

The Lord and Lady of Wings contests are a lot of fun to watch as competitors devour wings at a fast pace.

This annual festival continues to feature the best wings in the city. With a little preparation and knowledge beforehand one can get the leg up on the competition.

Fly over to for more information on next year's festival when available.