The Hungry Crowd
This is the happy crowd of people revving up to eat 15 different kinds burgers.
The Judges Table
Judges Lin Brehmer, Molly Each, Graham Elliot, Yoshi Katsumura, Hubert Keller, and Keith Villa.
Sam Toia is the president of the Illinois Restaurant Association and was one of the emcees of the Hamburger Hop.
Mayor Rahm Emmanuel
You know it's a serious throwdown when the mayor of Chicago comes to eat burgers too.
Popular burger joint Cortland's Garage made an appearance with their signature burger containing white cheddar, bacon, avocado, frizzle-fried onions, lettuce, tomato, and mayo.
Rockit Burger Bar
Rockit Burger Bar's burger featured brie and date aioli, a savory and sweet combination to compliment the rich red meat.
Phil Stefani's 437 Rush
The burger from Phil Stefani's 437 Rush is topped with mozzarella, boston lettuce, yellow tomato, all on a brioche bun. But the kicker? That would be the spicy bacon mayonnaise.
Rosebud Steakhouse puts out one of the best burgers in Chicago, and they came to represent their version by wrapping the burger in their signature logo paper.
Benny's Chop House
Benny's Chop House did a version of "surf and turf" by putting shrimp on top of the beef patty. It's a surprisingly solid combination as the shrimp helps bring more meaty savoriness to each bite.
These crispy cherry peppers were one of the toppings for Jeff Mauro's (aka The Sandwich King on Food Network) Drive-In burger.
Jeff Mauro's Drive-In Burger
The Drive-In Burger consisted of a classic ground chuck beef patty, topped with jalapeño havarti, crispy cherry peppers, and secret "engine sauce," all on a Turano split-top bun.
When Jeff saw me snapping away, he had to give me his best sexy pose. I bring that out in people.
You can't have a burger bash without...the burgers! These charcoal grills were going all night, washing the crowd in heat, smoke, and the intoxicating smell of grilling meat.
Hackney's flagship creation is the stuffed cheeseburger, and this cheddar-stuffed beast has bacon hidden inside it, too.
This bedazzled cow decorated the rooftop deck with its fabulousness. Either that, or it was looking sadly upon the crowd as we ate its siblings.
Jeff Mauro (bottom row, middle) won People's Choice, while Scott Walton (bottom row, right) won top honors from the esteemed judges.
There's something magical about seeing anything lit up at night in downtown Chicago.