52nd annual World Championship Chili Cook-off

September 29-30

GPS ADDRESS: 700 Raceway Blvd., Madison, Illinois (some devices may show location as East St. Louis)

Noon to 6 p.m. both days. Parking lots will open at 11 a.m. each day. Cost to park is $5 per vehicle. Cash only. Exact change preferred. Spectator ticket booths and gates open at 11:30 a.m. Event begins with national anthem at noon. Event concludes at 6 p.m. both days.

Please note: All ADA/handicap parking passes will be checked by local law enforcement officers. The person the ADA parking pass is issued to must be an occupant of the vehicle.

Animals: No pets allowed at the event. Only service animals with proper documentation will be permitted inside the venue.


Unlimited chili tasting adults: $15.

Unlimited chili tasting children: $5.

10 five-ounce beer samples (must be 21 years of age): $15.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at chilicookoff.com or at the track.


What to expect: 300 champion chili cooks, 100 craft brews, live bands, cornhole tournament.

Link to event website: CLICK HERE

Link to short video from the 2017 event: CLICK HERE



COMMON JONES performs Saturday

CLARE DUNN performs Sunday



At 8 p.m. Friday, MODOT plans to close eastbound I-64 at Jefferson, which includes eastbound ramps from the interstate to 20th/Chestnut, and 14th, 11th and 6th streets in St. Louis. The ramps from Pine and 6th streets to eastbound I-64 will close at 7 p.m. Friday. The Missouri Department of Transportation is again urging motorists to use alternate routes, carpool, or use public transit to avoid eastbound Interstate 64 between Jefferson Avenue and Illinois 3. Alternate routes include using Interstate 70 over the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, the Interstate 255 over the Jefferson Barracks Bridge, Interstate 270 over the Chain of Rocks Bridge or the Eads Bridge from Laclede’s Landing to the East Riverfront. And the ramp from westbound Interstate 44 and northbound Interstate 55 to eastbound Interstate 64 will close at 7 p.m.; MODOT will mark a detour.

For the event, please enter via Illinois Highway 203 at the main entrance to Gateway Motorsports Park. (700 Raceway Blvd. Madison, IL 62060)
From I-55/I-70 North please take exit 4 and take Highway 203 North.
From I-55/I-70 South please take exit 4B.

All traffic will take an immediate right into the venue and follow the purple signs with the letter P.

Parking will be inside the infield of Gateway Motorsports Park and immediately adjacent to the chili festival grounds.


For more information on ICS Chili Inc., please contact president Scott Toland at [email protected] or (805) 857-5555.


Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois will host the 52nd annual World Championship Chili Cook-off this weekend (September 29-30). This marks the first time the world championship will be held in the St. Louis-Metro East region. The event will be held each day from noon to 6 p.m.

Originally founded by automotive and motorsports legend Carroll Shelby, the WCCC (www.chilicookoff.com)  is one of the most public-friendly competitive cooking events in America. It is the highlight of the year for thousands of cooking teams and countless “chiliheads” who follow the competitions from coast-to-coast in their quest to be crowned the World Champion Chili Cook. These contenders are also cooking for substantial prize money, including $25,000 and $20,000 for the two top cooking categories.

This two-day festival is expected to attract more than 10,000 spectators to Gateway Motorsports Park. Attendees can expect a two-day event packed with chili tasting from more than 300 champion chili cooks and 20 local restaurants, beer tasting of 100 craft brews, four live music performances each day and a professional ACO® cornhole tournament (also classes for non-professionals).

Sponsors include BUSH’S® Chili Beans, KSHE-95 + 92.3 (Hubbard Media), Sauce Magazine, Budweiser® CUTCO®, Gaslight Studios, McCarthy Spices, ACO® and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company.

The World Championship Chili Cook-off is produced by ICS Chili, Inc. (International Chili Society), which sanctions nearly 150 cook-offs throughout the year in order to qualify the WCCC contestants who will compete in this weekend’s event. More than $1 million is raised annually through these ICS cook-offs to benefit non-profit organizations nationwide. Since the company’s inception in 1967, close to $92 million has been raised and donated.

For more information on Gateway Motorsports Park, please call (618) 215-8888. Follow GMP on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.


About Gateway Motorsports Park

Gateway Motorsports Park is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 340 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. Gateway Motorsports Park’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6-mile road course, a state-of-the-art karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue. Gateway Motorsports Park was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Facility of the Year Award from the Race Track Business Conference and the 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award from St. Louis Attractions Association.