2018 Food

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)

It’s starting to warm up and Ribfest Chicago is getting ready to crank up the heat! We are in the process of lining up our rib and food vendors and will be posting in the spring. We’re celebrating 20 years of “Ribs and Rock & Roll” so be sure to come back and check out our offerings for 2018.

While you’re waiting, here are the winners from 2017 for People’s Choice for best ribs, our celebrity judge’s award for best ribs and the award for Best Food Lounge.

2017 Juried Award for Best Ribs

FIRST PLACE – BBQ King Smokehouse


THIRD PLACE – Real Urban Barbeque

2017 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.

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, support youth sports, and help people living with special needs, in addition to funding chamber projects and annual programming.

Sponsored by the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce.


Ribfest Chicago is celebrating 20 years of Ribs and Rock & Roll! You won’t want to miss this street party.

Voted Chicago’s Best Food Fest, Ribfest Chicago is also nationally recognized for its music. Fest goers can enjoy 25 hours of original music, from honky tonk to indie and rock, performed by premier touring bands from across the US and abroad.

It’s no wonder that Ribfest Chicago remains one of the city’s best summer attractions.