Downers Grove Park District announces $600 top prize for Chilympics chili cook-off winner

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 6:22 p.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Park District will host its inaugural home-style chili cook-off, the Chilympics, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 in Fishel Park, 1036 Grove St.

The event is sanctioned by the International Chili Society and the Downers Grove winner will receive $600 and advance to the World Finals in California in October to compete for a grand prize.

Participants and spectators can enjoy beer, food vendors and live music by Billy Croft and the 5-Alarm and SODA.

This contest is open to all ages.

Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners.

There will be a People’s Choice competition open to the public taking place at 2 p.m.

The cost for People’s Choice is $5 for three tastings.

The cost to enter Chilympics is $55, which includes a $20 membership fee to ICS and a $35 Park District registration fee. Competitors must fill out all required applications online prior to September 13 at:

The event is sponsored by the Downers Grove Park District, Lemon Tree Grocer, 104.3 K-hits, Downers Grove Convention and Visitors Bureau, 98.3 WCCQ, Main Street Chiropractic and Whole Foods.

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