Windy City RibFest in Uptown 2018


Friday, June 29 – Sunday, July 01 | Lawrence & Broadway
Time: Friday – 4pm to 10pm; 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

Come by foot, bike, or transit and avoid traffic. The Lawrence L is just steps away! 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.

Use SpotHero to reserve your parking in advance. To reserve a spot for this event, visit the Windy City Ribfest in Uptown Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. New to SpotHero? Download the SpotHero app and enter promo code RIBFEST17 for an extra $5 off your first park!

2018 Ribbers

Main Stage Entertainment:
5:15 PM – Karma Committee – 2 sets!
8:00 PM – 16 Candles

12:00 PM – The Modern Age
2:30 PM – The Right Now
4:15 PM – Bright Light Bright Light
5:45 PM – Catfight
8:00 PM – Electric Lotus

2:30 PM – One Night Band 2 sets!
5:15 PM – Mobley
6:30 PM – Rod Tuffcurls

Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ
Owner/founder Paul “Aussom Aussie” MacKay is back at Windy City Ribfest for another year. Always gregarious, he’s been cooking up a storm since 1988 with unique recipes that include his tasty fruit-based barbeque sauce. In addition to their native Australia, Aussom Aussie has won more than 350 awards for Best BBQ at food events in the U.S. and Canada. And yep, mate, the company is indeed based in Sydney with a stateside 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.

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.

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, Ill.–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.

​Robinson’s Ribs
In the Windy City, things don’t get more synonymous with smoked meats than this legendary ribber with two area locations (the West Loop and Oak Park). 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.