WICKER PARK — Next month's Chicago Pizza Summit is sold out — but space at the popular event was just made for 12 brave souls willing to stuff their faces in a pizza eating competition.
To enter the pizza eating contest, fans need to upload a 1-minute video of themselves eating as much pizza as they can, exhibiting "personality and creativity," according to the contest guidelines.
Then, the stars of the top online videos — determined by voting — will advance to the IRL summit, set for April 9 at Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave.
The summit offers two sessions, from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., and there will be a pizza eating competition consisting of six eaters at each session, a spokesman said.
The 12 contest participants will also each get a free ticket to the event for themselves plus one guest (a combined $70 value that will cover all-you-can-eat pizza, five beer tickets and an Old Style plate).
Enter the contest here: do312.com/p/oldstylepizzacompetition
In addition to the pizza eating competition, the second annual summit will feature pizza from chefs and pizzerias around the city as well as live music, a photo booth, a pop-up U.S. Pizza Museum and a guest appearance by Jamie Culliton, the world's current World Dough Tossing Champion.
"We couldn't be happier to have Boiler Room, Taco in a Bag's popular pizza take, Lou Malnati's, Moneygun, Panino's, Bacci Pizza, Dimo's, GIno's East, and Home Run Inn on board with the final two venues being finalized today. A great mix of returning participants from last year mixed in with a few newbies dishing up by the slice or doing their unique twist on the beloved classic dish," the spokesman said.