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2017 Ribs & More

Festival Hours:
Friday, 5-10 PM; Saturday, Noon-10 PM; Sunday, Noon-10 PM
Lincoln Avenue from Irving Park to Berteau (4000 N to 4165 N)


Juried Award for Best Ribs

FIRST PLACE – BBQ King Smokehouse


THIRD PLACE – Real Urban Barbeque

Popular Vote for People’s Choice

FIRST PLACE – Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro

SECOND PLACE – Austin’s Texas Lightning

THIRD PLACE – Citizens American Eatery


FIRST PLACE – BBQ Supply House Sponsored by BBQ Supply Co.

Welcome back for our 19th year of kick a** ribs and other tasty delights! Our mix of 13 rib restaurants includes some that many of our fans have come to love as having the best ribs over the years. But we’re excited to welcome some newcomers as well. And speaking of best ribs, don’t forget to cast your for vote for the “People’s Choice.” We cover the basics of the “rib crawl” below.

Rib Vendors

Ribs Beff Brisket, Pulled Pork

Ribs, Pretzel BOMB, King Mac

Ribs, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Pulled Chicken Sandwich

Ribs, Pulled Pork Nachos,Loaded Tater Tots

Ribs, Burnt Ends, Elotes

Ribs, Pulled Pork, Smoked Sausage

Ribs, Pulled Pork, Jumbo Chicken

Ribs, Guinness Ice Cream, Irish Curry Chips

Fried Ribs, Rib Tips, Chipotle Bourbon Ribs

Ribs, Tri-Tip Sandwich, BBQ Nachos

Ribs, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Potato Pancakes

Ribs, Chicken, Rib Tips

Ribs, Rib Tips, Pulled Pork

And more . . .

Gelato Sundae, Root Beer Floats, Gelato Doughnut Sandwich

Pulled Pork, BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Funnel Cake

Funnel Cake, Corndog, Lemonade Shakeup

Hot Dogs, Burgers, Fries

Black Cows, Deep-fried Oreos, Chocolate Covered Bacon, Chubby Wieners

Crave Ice Cream Bars

Hot and Fresh Dinky Donuts Served with Sweet and Savory Sugar Toppings/Seasonings

Korean BBQ Steak Tacos, Chipotle Chicken Tacos, Hawaiian Pork Tacos

Pina Colada

Pulled Pork Sliders, Fried Green Tomatoes, Roasted Corn

Orange Chicken with Veg. Rice, Cheese Fries with Bacon, Fried Candy Bars

Pulled Pork Sandwich, Meatball Slider, Gelato

BBQ Carnitas Sandwich, Street Tacos, Churros

Cheeseburger Nachos, Big Jim (Country Gravy with Pepperjack), Kickapoo Juice

Pizza (Cheese, Pepperoni, Sausage), Brownies

Chicken Pesto Panini, Salads, Italian Desserts


Ribfest Chicago invites you to decide who will win the “People’s Choice” award at the close of the weekend. With 13 restaurants competing for the title, we thought you should know the basics of the “rib crawl” so you can try them all and cast your ballot.

Upon arriving, be sure to pick up your ballot to vote for Northcenter’s Best Ribs at the entrance. Then, let the tasting begin! Rib vendors are offering 3-bone “Samplers” allowing fest visitors the opportunity to taste the BBQ from each restaurant. Ballots should be turned in by 6 PM on Sunday, June 11, at the Northcenter Chamber booth across from CVS on the west side of Lincoln Ave.

Meet our celebrity judges for 2017:


Marsha Brawner and Michele Ranger: Michele, a die-hard Sox fan, is almost always competing with her twin, Marsha, a Cubs fan. The duo is currently
producing a YouTube series of their rivalry through a love of cooking.




Ivan “Jurko” Jurkovic: Jurko played professional football for 10 years as a
defensive tackle and now is a sports talk host on ESPN AM 1000, where the
“Carmen & Jurko” show has been voted one the Top 20 midday shows in America.



Chef Shaun O’Neale: Chef Shaun is the Season 7 Winner of Fox’s MasterChef
and authored the book, My American Table: Recipes for Inspired Home Cooks.




Evan Robinson: The Chicago South-sider is an 11-year-old contestant on the
2017 season of Fox’s MasterChef Junior.




Mike Sula: Mike is the Chicago Reader’s lead restaurant critic. He’s written
about politics, crime, film, and more. His work has been published in Harper’s,
the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and NPR’s The Salt, Plate, and Eater, and his story about outlaw charcuterie appeared in Best Food Writing 2010. His story “Chicken of the Trees,” about eating city squirrels, won the James Beard Foundation’s 2013 M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award.

Contact Information

Location and Hours

  • Lincoln / Irving Park / Damen
  • Friday, June 8, 5-10 PM
  • Saturday, June 9, Noon-10 PM
  • Sunday, June 10, Noon-10 PM
  • $10 ($20 per family) Suggested Donation at the Gate

Your gate donation and proceeds from the event benefit Northcenter philanthropy and community programs. Ribfest Chicago has contributed over $350,000 to more than fifteen Northcenter schools and nonprofits in an effort to improve education, benefit critical nonprofit work, assist special needs and fight hunger, in addition to funding chamber projects and annual programming.

Sponsored by the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce.