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3rd Ward Tailgate & Cook-Off Winner

Thanks to all that came out on a blistery November day to watch the Bears beat the Vikings 27-13.  Over 25 neighbors filled up on pork chop skewers, chili, ribs, steak sandwiches, mini (slider) burgers.  Katie Merkle of 5th Avenue was this year's cook-off champion.  Her sweet, savory, and spicy burger combos won the crowd's popular vote by a landslide.  Check out the photos from the event and get your recipes ready for competition next year!  Special thanks to Dan Pepsnick for helping coordinate the fun!

Spicy jalapeno burgers, Alderman Bogusz, and cook-off winner Katie Merkle with 1st prize Chicago Bears Grill. See more photos from the event courtesy of Denise Smith-Rodd.