Opportunity Knocks Chili Cook-Off

Sun, Jan 14 2018, 12:00pm - $25 in advance, $30 at door - Tickets

Come join us for great food, drink, raffle and music by Fletcher Rockwell. Individual and team competitors will vie for the title of best chili while we share a Sunday Funday and revel together for a great cause. Doors open at noon. Admission is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free.

Emceed by the Emmy award winning Chicago’s Best co-host, Elliot Bambrough, 15 chef contestants will battle over three rounds for this year’s Chili Cook Off title! The contest will be judged by Ted Host (Old School Tavern and Grill), Sean Cusick (Smoque), and Erik Williams (Carnivore).


Complimentary appetizers and dessert

Full access to chili contest entries

Opportunity Knocks is dedicated to providing opportunities and resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they may pursue their educational, occupational and social interests. Our approach to programming is person-centered, peer-led and community-based.

FLETCHER ROCKWELL: Fletcher Rockwell’s latest release, "Urban Heartland," finds the band conjuring the spirit of a bygone era, when classic anthems like ‘’Take It Easy’’ and ‘’The Weight’’ ruled radio airwaves across the nation with big hooks, sparkling harmonies and stellar musicianship. In the first single off the new record, ‘’Too Much to Drink’’, the group boldly mixes the clap-and-shout acoustic rush of modern Americana with the classic rock & roll of 70’s AM gold.

Given their penchant for playing big country hits like ‘’Friends in Low Places’’ and ‘’Chicken Fried’’, the band even throws some cowboy flavor into Urban Heartland with sing-along romps ‘’Dance All Night’’ and ‘’Jenny, You’re the One’’. They aren’t afraid to dial it back, either - the group’s mellow folky side shines through in the Laurel Canyon sparkle of ‘’Change Everything’’ and the laidback front-porch vibe of ‘’Want You to Know’’. Urban Heartland closes out with the raucous boogie of ‘’Scorpion Woman’’, a Jason Aldean-inspired homage to wild nights and crazy love.