Sure, a summer bod is nice, but there’s nothing more satisfying than overeating your way to a free T-shirt and your picture on the Wall of Fame. Peep below and prep some Pepto because these Chicago bars and restaurants have food challenges where you’re rewarded if you can complete them.
Got a palate that can put out fires? The XXX Wings at Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap are so hot that you have to sign a waiver! They’re served with cooling agents and a fireman’s helmet, and anyone brave enough to order (and finish) them will get their picture on Jake’s Wall of Flame. Remember the milk! 41 E. Superior St., 312-266-0400
Can you turn your appetite up to 11 for this one? The ROCKStar Burger is four Angus beef patties, eight slices of pepper jack cheese, eight slices of bacon, giardinera, onion strings, lettuce, tomato, and a pickle on a pretzel bun. Finish all five pounds including the fries in a half hour, and a championship T-shirt and membership into the ROCKStar Hall of Fame are yours. 4138 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-857-1793
The Bacon Bomb is five pounds of ground sausage, pork, and beef mixed with spices and wrapped in a weave of brown sugar bacon, and then slow cooked on a pig roaster. Eat the whole thing in under 45 minutes, and you get a T-shirt to celebrate the victory, a spot on the wall of fame so that your efforts will forever live in infamy, and, of course, a free The Bomb. 1028 W. Diversey Ave., 773-290-6988
Their Challenge 2 is eight pounds of grilled cheese sandwich packed with everything from chicken tenders to pulled pork. If you can finish it and the pound of fries on the side, a $100 gift card and a two-hour complimentary bar package is all yours. If that’s too much to stomach, try the Challenge 1, which is half the food—you’ll still win 50 bucks and unlimited high fives. Multiple locations
Sure, the Cubs might have the most recent Chicago World Series, but you still have to go to the Southside to get a 12-scoop ice cream sundae served in a batting helmet. There’s no official award if you can eat the whole thing yourself, but you will have something to wear if Rick Renteria puts you in to pinch hit. 333 W. 35th St., 773-897-9165
Lucky’s sandwiches are large stacks of meat, tomatoes, fries, and coleslaw. Eat three of them in an hour without losing your lunch, and not only will you get a free T-shirt and your picture on the Wall of Fame, but you’ll be in the same club as Adam Richman, who completed this challenge on Man vs. Food. Multiple locations