Date: Friday, June 30 - Sunday, July 02
Time: Friday & Saturday - Noon to 10pm; Sunday - Noon to 9pm
Location: Lawrence & Broadway
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Address: 4800 N. Broadway St.
Chicago Illinois
Beneficiary: Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown
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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 just days before the Fourth of July. It has grown 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.

Get Social!

Bud Light Main Stage Entertainment

5:00 PM - Alvarez Kings
6:30 PM - Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press
8:45 PM - Berlin
2:30pm - To the 9's
4:15pm - The Remedy
5:45pm - Get Up with the Get Downs
8:00pm - Too White Crew

2:40 PM - Lynne Jordan & the Shivers
4:30 PM - One Night Band
6:30 PM - JC Brooks/a>

2017 Ribbers coming soon!

2016 Participants:

Aussom 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.
BBQ 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.
Chicago 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.
Rancho Mateo, Chicago
This southwest side mainstay is best known for its spicy sauces on whatever they barbecue.
Porky 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!
Texas Lightning BBQ
Founded more than 60 years ago, Texas Lightning returns to Windy City Ribfest again this year and is sure to win hundreds more loyal fans with their savory cooking expertise.

Business 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 312-799-0354 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

Still Have Logistics Questions?

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

Vendor Opportunities