Windy City RibFest in Uptown


Friday, June 30 – Sunday, July 02 | Lawrence & Broadway
Time: Friday & Saturday: Noon to 10pm | Sunday: Noon to 9pm

The Windy City RibFest in Uptown returns with top local and national ribbers and an eclectic music lineup. The 9th annual festival takes place over the long Fourth of July weekend. It grows in popularity (and crowds) each year and is now a must-visit Chicago summer fest! RibFest also features arts, crafts and a daytime kids’ activity area. PLUS strolling performances by CircEsteem and Uptown Underground throughout.


Event Parking

Event parking for $10 per day is available in the Aragon Ballroom parking lot, located on the southeast corner of Lawrence and Winthrop, one block east from the Windy City RibFest.

Main Stage Entertainment:
3:00 PM – Lanialoha & Friends of the Aloha Center Chicago
5:00 PM – Alvarez Kings
6:30 PM – Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press
8:45 PM – Berlin

12:15 – Kreyòl Roots
2:30pm – To the 9’s
4:15pm – The Remedy
5:45pm – Get Up with the Get Downs
8:00pm – Too White Crew

12:30 – Bethany Thomas
2:40 PM – Lynne Jordan & the Shivers
4:30 PM – One Night Band
6:30 PM – JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound

2017 Ribbers

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 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.

​Robinson’s Ribs
In the Windy City, things don’t get more synonymous with smoked meats than this legendary ribber with three area locations (Oak Park, Lincoln Park and downtown). Founded by Mississippi native Charlie Robinson, he has ambitiously passed on a secret sauce recipe that he learned from his grandfather at childhood barbeques for all Chicagoans to enjoy.

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 and is sure to win over more loyal fans with their savory cooking expertise.

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.

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.