CHICAGO, IL – It’s going to be chili in Chicago on Thursday, thanks to San Antonio.

The Texas city is temporarily taking over the Tamale Spaceship food truck, where free cups of chili con carne will be handed out from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, which happens to be National Chili Day.

The truck — tricked out with Texas flair — will be parked at Wacker Drive and Adams Street near Willis Tower.

It’s part of a campaign by tourism officials in San Antonio to spur Chicagoans to visit the vacation destination that boasts 300 days of sunshine a year.

“We’re excited to bring some warmth from San Antonio to Chicago,” said Emily Gary, a Proof Advertising account director who helped create the event, along with Matador Network, for the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau. The hashtag? #ChiliNotChilly.

“We have a real cultural and culinary connection with Chicago,” Gary said. “Back at the 1893 World’s Fair, San Antonio chili was first introduced to those outside of Texas.”

That same chili con carne recipe is what will be used by San Antonio chef Elizabeth Johnson and Tamale Spaceship food truck co-founder Manny Hernandez, she added.

That evening, San Antonio is hosting a public party at Rockit Burger Bar, 3700 N. Clark, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tex-Mex appetizers and signature San Antonio cocktails will be served at the limited-space event. Entry is free.

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