Windy City Ribfest 2015 in Chicago

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Attend the 2015 Windy City Ribfest in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood over the Fourth of July Weekend. with a Rib Village, live music and an International Rib Championship.

Windy City RibFest in Uptown

Date: Friday to Sunday, July 3-5
Time: Friday & Saturday – Noon to 10pm | Sunday – Noon to 9pm
Location: Lawrence & Broadway | Chicago
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Beneficiary: Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown

Finger lickin’ slabs from some of the best local and national ribbers will be in the spotlight at this popular summer food/street fest that’s celebrating its seventh year in 2015. Even better? A rockin’ 3-day music stage lineup featuring some of the hottest local and national rock/pop and classic indie acts as well as local tribute bands!

This “saucy” happening also features arts & crafts, a daytime play area for kids, plus beer and wine. Plus Windy City RibFest in Uptown takes place just steps away from three of Chicago’s hippest music venues: the Riviera Theatre, the Green Mill, and the iconic Aragon Ballroom.

A $5 suggested donation benefits the Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown.

Main Stage Entertainment
5:00pm – Black Ensemble Theatre
6:15pm – Black Ensemble Theatre
8:00pm – Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench PressSaturday
2:30pm – Guitarra Azul
4:00pm – Funkadesi
6:15pm – Liquid Soul
8:30pm – Trippin Billies

3:00pm – Ryan Powers & The Secret Weapons
4:30pm – Swizzle Tree
6:00pm – Lucky Boys Confusion

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.
2015 Ribbers
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.
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!
Sweet Baby Ray’s (
With physical restaurant locations in suburban Elk Grove Village and Wood Dale, Sweet Baby Ray’s, like all Windy City RibFest vendors, pride themselves in smoking up the most savory barbeque offerings. Founded by Chicago native Dave “Sweet Baby Ray” Raymond, both eateries are run by close family and friends. They also do a brisk BBQ catering businesses. This is their first fest appearance.
Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ
About the Beneficiary:
Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown Chicago
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 773-584-6684 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.
Event Logistics
Still have questions on event logistics? Contact Julia Enderle via email or at 773-584-6650.
Vendor/Exhibitor Opportunities
Click here for more information and applications on how to exhibit at this event and others. If you have additional questions, please contact the Rosy Robinson or at 773-584-6633.
Music Bookings
Any bands or entertainers wishing to be considered for future bookings must submit the following information via email only. Please email us your website, your Facebook link, any other promotional links, a bio is also appreciated. Please include any Chicago history for the past six months or future performances. Let us know what kind of draw the band has in the area and include a price range on the band. If you feel your act is especially suited for one specific event, tell us why you’re a great fit for that event! Please email to Gehrig Peterson, our Music Director at
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Saucy good fun is what this 7th annual fest is all about! There will tasty slabs from top Chicago and national ribbers, an eclectic music mix with both local and national performers, arts/crafts, and a kids’ activity area each afternoon.

Visit or call 773.868.3010 for more information.


Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @

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