$25 Earlybird Admission until 1.12.18

$30 admission after 1.12.18

Kids 12 and under are free!

General admission includes:

Complimentary appetizers and dessert

Full access to chili contest entries

Live music & entertainment

Donation to Opportunity Knocks



Fletcher Rockwell

3:00 PM on the main stage


Classic Americana-tinged rock & roll steeped in the blue-collar charm, widely known for their spellbinding original songs, the group is also revered for clever versions of the most popular cover music, spanning everything from vintage Tom Petty, Paul Simon and Talking Heads to contemporary roots revivalists Chris Stapleton, Dawes and Mumford & Sons.

They’ll be playing from 3-5pm and will be joined at the start of their second set on the legendary FitzGerald’s Nightclub stage by some Warrior vocalists. A collab you don’t wanna miss!


Supervised Kid’s Activity Area

Kids under 12 enter and eat for free

This is a family affair, full with a kid-friendly event area that includes engaging games and activities for children. We will also have event staff on hand for supervision so that parents can enjoy some socializing while the kids play.


Game 1 kicks off at 12:05 PM – Steelers vs. Jaguars

Game 2 kicks off at 3:40 PM – Saints vs. Vikings

*Event will feature squares for both games, as well as strip cards*

Elliott Bambrough  |  Event Emcee

Elliott Bambrough | Event Emcee

Emmy-award winning host of ‘Chicago’s Best’ on WGN & CLTV

A talented and versatile TV Host, with a quick wit & irreverent style, Elliott Bambrough has exploded in Chicago over the last several years. Whether interviewing artists like Usher & Justin Bieber or traveling to Japan & South Africa with Vice Media, Elliott always brings the funny. Elliott has called Chicago home since 2007 and loves the city for its great food, great beer and amazing people. A huge White Sox, Blackhawks, Fire & Bears fan, Elliott is as fanatical about sports as he is about music & movies. An avid cook and amateur photographer, Elliott loves spending time with family and friends, his wife Jen, and their two dogs. You can watch Elliott every Sunday night, co-hosting the Emmy award-winning ‘Chicago’s Best’ alongside Brittney Payton, at 10 pm on WGN.


Chef-testants will battle over three rounds for this year’s Chili Cook-Off title! The contest will be judged by Erik Williams (Carnivore), Sean Cusick (Smoque), and last year’s Chili Champ, Brian Hepner. Think your chili can win the overall and/or vegetarian divisions? Register now!


This contest is meant to be a fun interactive feature at the event, allowing groups to participate in the event while connecting with this mission. We encourage each group to bring their families and friends out in force, as we always find, the more the merrier and the more people you bring, the more votes you secure!


PROGRAM DIVISION  |  Old School Tavern & Grill vs. Warrior Catering Company



CORNBREAD THROWDOWN  |  OK After Opps vs. OK Life Shop


PARTNER DIVISION  |  Weichert Realtors Nickel Group & Milburn, LLC.



Event Sponsorship

If interested in event sponsorships, please contact Renee Rotatori at: renee@opportunityknocksnow.org

Enter for a chance to win one of this year’s prizes!

Winner need not be present. For online purchases: tickets with accompanying numbers will be distributed via email the week prior to the event or earlier.


Volunteers are what make our events so successful. Without you, we couldn’t put on such amazing events. THANK YOU for your time and support. Please consider joining our event staff team to help host another great Chili Cook-Off.