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10th annual event 'Men Who Cook' benefit moves to Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet

Men Who Cook, which benefits the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22 at Chicagland Speedway in Joliet.

The move will give hungry guests more elbow room to sample the fine cuisine – appetizers, side dishes, entrees, and desserts – prepared and served by more than 50 local amateur cooks.

There will be endless parking at the speedway as well as additional space on the infield to accommodate more cooks and guests.

The State’s Attorney will present the Glen Marcum Award to Pipefitters Local 597 for supporting Men Who Cook.

The honor, which is named after the late Glen Marcum, a former Joliet Park Board president and a devoted community volunteer, is presented each year to individuals or groups demonstrating selfless support for the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center.

This year, organizers also are coordinating professional/commercial chef division for those who work at restaurants or other eating establishments.

Guests will have photo opportunities with a NASCAR race car in Victory Lane.

And they can sample all the great food in an outdoor setting with a view of the illuminated grandstand, providing an early fall, alfresco dining atmosphere in which to relax and socialize.

Men Who Cook provides critical financial support for the Will County Children's Advocacy Center, which provides hope, healing and justice for sexually abused children.

With more than 1,100 attendees last year, Men Who Cook is widely recognized as the largest and most popular, single-day fundraising event in Will County.

Tickets are $40 per person; $75 per couple. The price is $10 for children between 6 and 12; kids 5 and under can attend this casual event for free.

Purchase tickets at or at the door. 

For more information, visit the, call the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center at 815-774-4565 or visit

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