Date: Thursday, July 04 - Saturday, July 06
Time: Noon to 10:00pm Daily
Location: Lawrence and Broadway
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Address: 4800 N. Broadway St.
Chicago Illinois
Beneficiary: Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown


It’s a saucy summer happening! From tasty slabs (and sides) to a smokin’ music lineup, this Fourth of July party in the eclectic Uptown neighborhood brings its A-game on when it returns for its 11th anniversary year!

Beyond the flavorful offerings of top local and national ribbers and cool summer tunes, this popular three-day fest also features arts & crafts plus an activity area for kids and families.

And with the vibrant Broadway-Lawrence intersection boasting acclaimed Chicago music venues that include The Green Mill, Aragon Ballroom and Riviera nightclub, Windy City Ribfest is the perfect urban destination for both daytime and evening fun.

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Main Stage Entertainment

3:00 PM - Cowboy Jukebox
5:30 PM - Low Down Brass Band
8:00 PM - Wedding Banned
2:30 PM - R-Gang
4:15 PM - To the 9's
8:30 PM - Martha Davis & The Motels

2:30 PM - The Flat Cats
4:45 PM - Queen Experience
7:15 PM - Spensha Baker (finalist from the Voice)
8:30 PM - Linda Clifford

2019 Ribbers

Austin's Texas Lightning  BBQ
Returning to Windy City Ribfest, this serious ribber has been around for years and is a popular staple on the national food festival scene. From Nevada and Ohio to Minnesota and Illinois, Texas Lightning's slabs have won legions of fans as well as numerous "best ribs" awards.

BaseHit BBQ 
Located in Chicago's northwest side Galewood neighborhood, this well-reviewed father-and-son-owned BBQ restaurant is also a popular draw at rib festivals around Chicago. Both Anthony Grand Sr. and Jr. are passionate about their Mississippi-inspired sauces and grilling expertise.

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, Ill.--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.

I-94 Ribs
Family-owned and located on 47th Street, this restaurant  has a loyal neighborhood following that will get bigger exposure among smoked meat lovers at Windy City RibFest.

Rancho Mateo
This southwest side mainstay at many Chicago festivals is best known for its spicy sauces on whatever they barbecue on their always eye-catching teepee-shaped grill.

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.

Reserve your parking in advance and get there on time, stress free!

SpotHero is the nation’s leading parking reservation app to book convenient and affordable parking, whether it’s for an event, commute to work or even airport parking.

To reserve your parking spot for this event, visit the Windy City Ribfest in Uptown SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. You can also use SpotHero to park all over Chicago – learn more here.

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About the Beneficiary: Business Partners, Uptown Chamber of Commerce

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 Audrey Strecker via email or at 773-584-6650.

Vendor Opportunities

We are now accepting vendor applications for Windy City Rib Fest

To start a new application or edit an existing application you've already started, click on the link below for the type of vendor application:

Application Links

If you've applied to multiple events, you can access your RegisterOne vendor profile here.