Windy City Ribfest June 30-July 2
When: Friday to Sunday, June 30 1-July 2, 2017 Friday & Sat. 12PM-10pm, Sun. 12PM-9PM
Where: Lawrence (4800N) & 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.
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 catering business.
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 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. 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.
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 with their savory cooking expertise.
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
RibFest also features arts, crafts and a daytime kids’ activity area.
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.