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)

We are hard at work lining up this year’s group of rib and other food vendors for Ribfest Chicago’s 19th year! Time to get yourself in “rib-eating” condition to sample all the rib offerings and anoint the 2017 winner for the coveted Ribfest Chicago “People’s Choice” Award.

Last year, fest goers ate their way through 15 rib vendors during the course of the event to vote for the “People’s Choice.” We also had a celebrity panel of five judges poke, smell and taste blind samples from all 15 vendors. And the 2016 results were:


First Place: Q BBQ Lakeview

Second Place: Mr. B’s BBQ

Third Place: Austin’s Texas Lighting


First Place: BBQ King Smokehouse

Second Place: The Smoke Daddy

Third Place: Austin’s Texas Lighting


First Place: Q Corner

Second Place: Pit Boss BBQ Lounge

Third Place: Smoke Daddy Sideyard

Check back later to see if your favorite restaurant will be back in 2017. Sign up for the Ribfest Chicago Insider newsletter to get the first look at our restaurant vendors.

Contact Information

Location and Hours

  • Lincoln / Irving Park / Damen
  • Friday, June 9, 5-10 PM
  • Saturday, June 10, Noon-10 PM
  • Sunday, June 11, 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 approximately $350,000 to over 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.