||Friday, June 29 - Sunday, July 01
||Friday & Saturday - Noon to 10pm; Sunday - Noon to 9pm
||Lawrence & Broadway
4800 N. Broadway St.
||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 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.
2018 ribbers coming soon!
Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ
Owner/founder Paul "Aussom Aussie" MacKay is back at Windy City Ribfest for another year. Always gregarious, he's been cooking up a storm since 1988 with unique recipes that include his tasty fruit-based barbeque sauce. In addition to their native Australia, Aussom Aussie has won more than 350 awards for Best BBQ at food events in the U.S. and Canada. And yep, mate, the company is indeed based in Sydney with a stateside outpost in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Austin's Texas Lightning BBQ
Founded more than 60 years ago, Austin's Texas Lightning, also headquartered in Burr Ridge, Ill., returns to Windy City Ribfest again this year and is sure to win over more loyal fans with their savory cooking expertise.
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.
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 will enjoy at Windy City RibFest.
Rancho Mateo, Chicago
This southwest side mainstay is best known for its spicy sauces on whatever they barbecue on their always eye-catching teepee-shaped grill.
In the Windy City, things don't get more synonymous with smoked meats than this legendary ribber with three area locations (Oak Park, Lincoln Park and downtown). Founded by Mississippi native Charlie Robinson, he has ambitiously passed on a secret sauce recipe that he learned from his grandfather at childhood barbeques for all Chicagoans to enjoy.
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.
Reserve your parking in advance and get there on time, stress free!
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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.
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 questions on event logistics? Contact Julia Enderle via email or at 773-584-6650.