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Ribfest Chicago - Expired Event

Location 4000 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
June 08, 2018 - June 10, 2018 1
Description: City Celebrates 20 Years of Ribfest Chicago
Chicago's Largest Cookout is Still Smoke-King!
50,000 Fans | 50,000 Pounds of BBQ | 25 Hours of Hot Original Music
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 5 pm to 10 pm
Saturday, June 9, 2018 - Noon to 10 pm
Sunday, June 10, 2018 - Noon to 10 pm

Chicago's favorite food and music festival turns the big 2-0 in 2018. Ribfest Chicago ignites summer with the best bands and hottest barbecue, and fans won't believe the surprises in store for them this June.

Over the years, the BBQ and culinary component has grown from five local restaurants to an incredible thirty rib and non-rib vendors. Meanwhile, with performances by top-tier Chicago talent and premier touring bands, Ribfest Chicago has become an internationally recognized all-original music festival.

New this year, the beloved Kids Square – full of free family activities, entertainment and fun – opens on Friday night! Other highlights include the celebrity-judged "Best Ribs" rivalry and the Friday Feature Entertainment. Enjoy food and drink or just take a break from the midway in the all-new Dining Lounges located throughout the festival. Guests are also invited to stay cool from the summer sun by visiting Ribfest Chicago's free misting stations.

Ribs, rock and roll, and summer fun don't get any better than Ribfest Chicago!

For more information and exclusive Ribfest Chicago VIP passes, visit

Follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @RibfestChicago.and #RibfestChicago

WHAT: As seen in 100 million households and 150 countries on the Food Network's "Eating America with Anthony Anderson," it's no wonder that Ribfest Chicago is perennially crowned "Best Food Fest." The Northcenter neighborhood event is home to Chicago's best rib festival and remains one of the city's top "summer must" attractions.

Ribfest Chicago is also a nationally-recognized FREE music festival. Top local and touring acts make up a delicious blend of indie, roots rock and alt country for one of the hottest all-original lineups in the Midwest.

Ribfest Chicago has contributed more than $300,000 to Northcenter schools and nonprofits to improve education, benefit critical nonprofit work, assist special needs and fight hunger, in addition to funding chamber projects and annual programming.

$10 Donation (per person/$20 per family) is requested to benefit Northcenter philanthropy and community programs.

Hosted by the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce.

WHERE: Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park Road (4000N-2000W) and Berteau Avenue (4185N-2100W). CTA Buses 50 and 80 stop at Damen/Irving Park Rd. El: Brown Line to Irving Park.

WHEN: Friday, June 8, 2018 - 5 pm to 10 pm
Saturday, June 9, 2018 - Noon to 10 pm
Sunday, June 10, 2018 - Noon to 10 pm
Kids Square is now open Friday – 5pm to 9pm, Saturday – Noon to 8 pm, & Sunday – Noon to 7 pm

WHY: Proceeds benefit Northcenter Chamber initiatives, annual community programming, greening and beautification efforts, the Volunteer Grant Program and charitable funding approved by the Chamber Philanthropy Committee.

WHO: HOST: Founded in 1946, the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce is a community and business development organization on Chicago's North Side. By promoting and supporting commercial, professional, financial and nonprofit enterprises, its members are dedicated to making Northcenter a great place to live, shop and grow. The Northcenter Chamber's highly anticipated and attended community events, such as Ribfest Chicago, make it one of Chicago's premier neighborhood organizations. For more information about the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce, visit

PRODUCER: Ribfest Chicago event producer Big Buzz Idea Group provides operational support to nonprofit organizations, so their team can focus on vision and mission execution. Whether an organization needs help with a single project or ongoing nonprofit management services like administration, bookkeeping, communications and marketing, database management or event production, Big Buzz Idea Group is a full-service solution. For more information about Big Buzz Idea Group, visit
Contact nameCraig Lagowski
Event Website
Show hoursFri 5pm-10pm; Sat/Sun noon-10pm
Application Deadline2018-02-28
Public Admission Pricefree
Year #20
Entertainment20 original acts on 2 stages
ActivitiesKids Square family area
Art/Craft Space
$2500 10x10
Art/Craft Spaces
this year
Response deadline2018-02-28

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Irving Park Rd at Lincoln Ave and Damen in Chicago
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