Windy City RibFest in Uptown
When: Friday to Sunday, July 1-3, 2016 Friday & Sat. 12PM-10pm, Sun. 12PM-9PM
Where: Lawrence & Broadway, Uptown
FREE; $5 gate donation benefits Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown
Slabs from top Chicago and national ribbers, an eclectic music lineup, arts/crafts and a kids’ activity area.
Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ (www.aussomaussie.com)
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 (www.bbqkingsmokehouse.com )
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.
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.
Main Stage Entertainment
5:00pm – The Personnel
8:00pm – Too White Crew
2:30pm – Girl Power Band
4:00pm – Run Forrest Run
6:00pm – TL Williams & the Storm Chasers
8:00pm – Think Floyd
2:30pm – Boy Band Review
4:30pm – One Night Band
6:30pm – Trippin Billies
While you’re up there check out The Green Mill at 4802 N. Broadway 773-878-5552. It’s one of the oldest bars in Chicago. I haven’t drank there in decades, since I moved out of nearby Rogers Park, but it’s a landmark. It’s a jazz club that opened in 1907. Here’s the history if you’re interested. They’re open really late and are cash only.