Chicago Tomato Royale  and
The Great Bull Run

The Chicago Tomato Royale and Great Bull Run Festival is the third of "8" Great Bull Run Summer events. 

Looking for a wild time?  This is it!   Travel to this one and get ready for a double dose of Festival madness.  This festival embodies both of Spain's Famous Festival events.  A re-enactment on the La Tomatina Tomato Fight and the Pamplona Running of the Bulls.  Experience both events right here in the good old U.S.A.!  No oceanic travel necessary. 

Chicago Tomato Royale and The Great Bull Run - Information

The Chicago Tomato Royale and The Great Bull Run Festival.

FESTIVAL DATES: Saturday July 12, 2014

TIME:               11:00 am to 11:59 pm

ADMISSION: Ranges From Free (for Volunteers) - $75

LOCATION:    Hawthorne Race Course
                           3501 S Laramie Ave
                           Cicero, IL 60804

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Excerpt from the Site.

The Great Bull Run is coming to the Hawthorne Race Course in the Chicago area on July 12th, 2014!  

Grab life by the horns and experience the rush of a lifetime as you dodge eighteen 1,500-pound bulls as they run a quarter-mile course.  Not up for running with REAL bulls?  No problem!  You can watch all the action as a spectator or join in the fun as a participant in our insanely fun tomato food fight, Tomato Royale!  

Don’t miss out on a massive festival featuring great music, tasty food, cold beer, mechanical bulls, foam dance pits and more!  

Be sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions for the details on how the run is structured and remember: prices go up over time so register online today!

Try for the Volunteer Deadline!  60 lucky people get to do it for free while helping out at the Festival.

Learn more at the Great Bull Run website.

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The Chicago Tomato Royale Festival is about 15 minutes WSW of Chicago IL.  If flying into Chicago airport, a rental car may be necessary depending on your choice of accomodations (see "Staying" below). 

Oh yeah, If your thinking of going to one (or Two?) this is it! (see "Things To Do" below.)


Before and after your one (or Two) day(s) of madness, you may need big city fun along with lots of attractions to balance your adventure.  Chicago is definitely the place to stay.     

Things to Do!

Add Chicago's attractions to your wild Chicago Tomato Royale and Great Bull Run weekend or go for a Big City Summer vacation and extend your visit to the Chicago area for a week or more.  There's plenty to do.

WAIT!  It's a "Two For"!

Can't get enough of a good Tomato Fight?  Relax Saturday night, wake up Sunday and head over to Soldier Field for the TOMATO BLAST!  40,000+ pounds of tomato pounding, sloppy, Rocking Hip Hop Fun. 

If you are looking for a BUCKET LIST weekend, This is it!

It's like the Perfect tomato Storm on a hot July weekend in Chicago.