Windy City RibFest

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Get “saucy” with some of the best local and national barbecue ribbers!



We all love to go outside and barbecue during the summer. But what if you had local and national barbecue experts grilling together in one place for three whole days? Windy City RibFest in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood does just that.


Celebrating its fifth year, Chicago’s popular summer food festival offers finger lickin’ slabs of ribs and other BBQ treats from some of the best ribbers from around the country. There will also be great beer and wine, arts & crafts, a daytime play area for kids and more!


And what’s a festival without live music? Windy City RibFest will have a rocking three-day music stage lineup featuring some of the most popular local and national rock, pop, indie and tribute bands. Main stage headlining artists include Trippin Billies (Friday, July 5), Cracker (Saturday, July 6) and Wedding Banned (Sunday, July 7).


Featured 2013 Ribbers will include (from


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 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 that returns again this year.


Chicago BBQ Company

Homegrown barbeque by Chicago BBQ has earned the Windy City quite the reputation at Midwest rib events by winning awards galore for this Berwyn-based company. Owned by barbeque expert Tom Ferguson, a popular presence at Windy City RibFest, he started the company in 1985 with a vision of creating the ultimate low and slow-smoke barbeque experience.


Famous Dave’s

Arguably America’s best-known ribber, the chain was founded in 1994 in Hayward, Wisconsin opened its first location in Minneapolis. It now has locations in more than 30 states. If there’s a national rib “ambassador,” it’s founder, David Anderson, whose road to fame began with his love for fine barbeque and a desire to make the finest slow-smoked barbeque folks have ever tasted.


Porky Chicks BBQ

Serious barbeque is what this Farmington, Arkansas-based ribber, making its first appearance at 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.


Texas Thunder BBQ

Since Joey Sutphen took over his family-owned Texas barbeque business that was founded more than 60 years ago, he’s taken the family’s BBQ recipe to hundreds of rib events throughout the country. Texas Thunder returns to Windy City RibFest again this year and is sure to win hundreds more loyal fans to their savory cooking expertise.


There is a suggested $5 donation to Windy City RIbFest that will benefit the Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown.


Hungry? Head Uptown to Lawrence and Broadway this weekend for some amazing summer eats!




Date: Friday, July 5 – Sunday, July 7, 2013

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Friday; 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Saturday; 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sunday

Location: Lawrence & Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640




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