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Get ready to chow down at the Mac n' Cheese Smackdown presented by Time Out Chicago

Written by
Elizabeth Atkinson

Ready to crown 2017's best mac and cheese in Chicago? You'll need to grab tickets to the Mac n' Cheese Smackdown presented by Time Out Chicago. We've challenged the city's best restaurants to offer creative takes on the cheesy classic in the ultimate showdown to crown Chicago's top macaroni. You'll get to taste your way through samples of all the mac and cheese dishes, two beers from Forbidden Root and Revolution Brewing and vote on the your favorite cheese-drenched creation. Here are just a few of the delicious dishes that will be featured at the Mac n' Cheese Smackdown.

Classic Mac n' Cheese — Signature 3 cheese blend, cavatappi pasta, parmesan bread crumbs
Photograph: courtesy New Line Tavern
Forever braised short rib mac n' cheese
Photograph: courtesy Luella's Southern Kitchen
Mac n' cheese skillet
Photograph: courtesy Grand Lux Cafe
Pimento mac n' cheese salad
Photograph: Courtesy Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine

Your ticket gets you:

  • A tasting from every mac & cheese restaurant
  • 2 complimentary beers provided by Forbidden Root and Revolution Brewing
  • DJ Windy Timmy spinning tunes

Participating restaurants include:


  • Session 1: 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Session 2: 2:00 – 4:00pm
  • Session 3: 4:30 – 6:30pm


  • Early Bird: $20 -- *Sold Out*
  • General Admission: $25
  • *Price increases on May 19th

Additional things to know:

  • Must be 21 or older to attend, with valid ID
  • All sales are final and nonrefundable
  • On purchase I accept Time Out’s terms of use, including opt-in to emails from Time Out

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