Windy City RibFest in Uptown

Windy City RibFest in Uptown

Date: Friday, July 01 - Sunday, July 03
Time: All Day
Location: Lawrence and Broadway
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Address: Chicago
Beneficiary: Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown

Top local and national ribbers will again mix saucy slab offerings that are complemented with an eclectic music lineup at this 8th annual festival. This tasty happening takes place over the long Fourth of July weekend. It grows in popularity (and crowds) each year and is now a must-visit Chicago summer fest! RibFest also features arts, crafts and a daytime kids’ activity area.

The neighborhood includes nationally-acclaimed music venues including The Green Mill, Aragon Ballroom and Riviera nightclub. This location helps to attract huge crowds.

The eclectic mix of past music stage performers include Lucky Boys Confusion, Cracker, Rusted Root, Cowboy Mouth, Here Come the Mummies and Liquid Soul.


Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 773-584-6684 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.


Windy City RibFest in Uptown

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Paper Applications

Please note: Rib vendors are by invite only. Please contact Joe Persfull for more information.

City of Chicago Permit Information

Please note: Special Events Management will handle all Itinerant Merchant applications directly with the City of Chicago.


2015 Ribbers


AussomAussie_webAussom Aussie Australian BBQ (
Whoever said Americans are the only ones who can make ribs haven’t yet tasted the “Barbies,” as they’re called Down Under, of Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ. Owner/founder Paul MacKay, back again for another year, is quite the character and has been cooking up a storm for the last 25 years with unique recipes that include their tasty fruit-based barbeque sauce. And yep, mate, the company is indeed based in Sydney with a U.S. outpost in Pittsburgh, Pa.

BBQKing_150wideBBQ King Smokehouse ( )
BBQ King was founded by two guys who love to cook. In the past decade they have expanded their Woodstock, Ill., home to offer a saucy menu of smoked meats as well as sandwiches at both their restaurant and popular catering business. The restaurant is welcoming. Their food is tenderly cooked for hours. And BBQ King’s customers swear it’s the best they’ve ever tasted.

ChgoBBQCo_webChicago BBQ Company
Home-grown barbeque by Chicago BBQ has earned the Windy City quite the reputation at Midwest rib events by winning awards galore for this Burr Ridge, IL–based company. Owned by barbeque expert Tom Ferguson, he started the company in 1985 with a vision of creating the ultimate low and slow-smoke barbeque experience.

PorkyChicks_web_13Porky Chicks BBQ
Serious barbeque is what this Fayetteville, Ark.-based ribber that returns to Windy City RibFest, is all about. “You won’t regret their fantastic ribs” and “simply awesome” are just a few of the rave reviews from their legions of fans. For years Porky Chicks’ slabs have been an Arkansas secret that now all Chicagoans can enjoy at Windy City RibFest!

SBR_150wideSweet Baby Ray’s (
With physical restaurant locations in suburban Elk Grove Village and Wood Dale, Sweet Baby Ray’s, like all Windy City RibFest vendors, pride themselves in smoking up the most savory barbeque offerings. Founded by Chicago native Dave “Sweet Baby Ray” Raymond, both eateries are run by close family and friends. They also do a brisk BBQ catering businesses. This is their first fest appearance.

Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ

About the Beneficiary

Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown Chicago

UptownChamber_web_10Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown has been Uptown’s business association since 1923. Our mission is to be the primary advocate, voice and support organization for the historic and diverse Uptown business community. Our vision is to be a driving force in creating a clean, safe, attractive, well-informed, self-reliant, thriving and pride-filled business community that supports and is supported by local consumers and is a destination point for Chicago visitors.

The boundaries of the Chamber are Irving Park Road on the south; Foster Avenue on the north; Lake Michigan on the east; and Ravenswood on the west from Montrose Avenue to Foster Avenue and Clark Street on the west from Irving Park Road to Montrose Avenue.

Sponsorship & Marketing Opportunities

Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 773-584-6684 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

Event Logistics

Still have questions on event logistics? Contact Julia Enderle via email or at 773-584-6650.

Vendor/Exhibitor Opportunities

Click here for more information and applications on how to exhibit at this event and others. If you have additional questions, please contact the Rosy Robinson or at 773-584-6633.

Music Bookings

Any bands or entertainers wishing to be considered for future bookings must submit the following information via email only. Please email us your website, your Facebook link, any other promotional links, a bio is also appreciated. Please include any Chicago history for the past six months or future performances. Let us know what kind of draw the band has in the area and include a price range on the band. If you feel your act is especially suited for one specific event, tell us why you’re a great fit for that event! Please email to Gehrig Peterson, our Music Director at

Main Stage Entertainment

Coming soon!

Event Parking

Event parking for only $10 per day is available in the Aragon Ballroom parking lot. The parking lot is located on the southeast corner of Lawrence and Winthrop, one block east from the festival entrance.

Event Parking


Windy City RibFest in Uptown