Win VIP Tickets to WingFest 2012

Wanna wing it? Show me why you deserve to go


Thank god it’s not BYOW (bring your own Wetnaps), because you’d need a truckload if you were headed to the 13th annual WingFest on February 26th. Problem is, if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you’re out of luck; the 2000 tickets are already gone. Sold  out. But you still have a chance to go this month, and score VIP status for you and a friend in the process, if you’re willing to show me why you deserve them.


Once again, WingFest will be held at the Bailey Auditorium (1340 W. Washington) from 1 to 6 p.m. There will be around 25 local wing-slingers, who can  enter wings of their choice into two of the following categories:  Mild Wings, Hot Wings, BBQ Wings and Exotic Wings.  WXRT’s very own Lin Brehmer is the MC and Chief Wing Leader. Tickets are usually $24 for general admission, which includes all the wings you can eat, live music from Cadillac Dave and the Chicago Redhots, a raffle ticket and continuous sponsor giveaways. There are also VIP tickets for $50 which include all of the above plus a drink package, parking pass, goody bag and access to the VIP area.


This year, organizers are offering two of my readers the “Best Seats in the House,” which includes a special, reserved area for two within the VIP area, offering plush seats and a great view of the action. All you have to do is shoot a short video, making your case for why you deserve to be this year’s WingFest VIP, then give me the YouTube link here under the Comments section so I can see it. The person who makes the best case for why they should go wins. Simple as that. You have until Feb. 17th at 5 p.m. to enter. I’ll pick a winner and announce them on Feb. 20th here on my website.


Just for reference, in 2011, winners included:

Best Mild WingWild Goose

Best Hot WingJake Melnick’s Corner Tap

Best BBQ WingBulldogs

Best Exotic WingJake Melnick’s Corner Tap

Best of the FestJake Melnick’s Corner Tap.


So apparently, Melnick’s is the one to beat. Scarfing incendiary poultry is also for a good cause, since the event has raised more than $130,000 for various local charities, including Chicago Neighbors United (, a community-based organization which provides educational scholarships to inner city youth.

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