In honor of my love of both journalism and the greatest food on earth, I’ve set out on a quest to find restaurants who are using bacon in interesting ways.

From a butcher shop smoking their own pork belly, to sweet and salty bacon caramels, I don’t blame you if your mouth is already watering!

But don’t worry! You won’t have to wait long. Look for summaries of my visits along with photos and videos incorporated in the Fall Food & Fun section on September 17th. It’ll be online at,, and, as well as in print in Wedneday Journal, Forest Park Review and Riverside Brookfield Landmark. 

Follow me on Twitter @aplomin #BaconQuest, or on Instagram @baconlover2 to see where this Bacon Quest takes me!

Alicia, who has lived in Oak Park for over half her life, graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Journalism and Media Management. She's been with Wednesday Journal Publications since...