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)


For 2018, the “People’s Choice” for best ribs were:

3rd Place: Blackwood BBQ
2nd Place: Real Urban Barbecue
1st Place: Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ

Our Celebrity Judges decision for which vendor had the “Best Ribs” were:

3rd Place: BBQ King Smoke House
2nd Place: Tied- Austin’s Texas Lighting and Wrigley BBQ
1st Place: Chicago BBQ Company

The “Best Lounge” in 2018 winners were:

3rd. Place: Kings Lounge, BBQ King Smokehouse
2nd Place: BBQ Supply House, BBQ Supply Co.
1st Place: Wrigley BBQ Pitmaster’s Hideaway, Wrigley BBQ

Planning for Ribfest Chicago 2019 is well under way. Stay tuned for more information on our 2019 vendors!.

Contact Information

Location and Hours

  • Lincoln / Irving Park / Damen
  • Friday, June 14, 5-10 PM
  • Saturday, June 15, Noon-10 PM
  • Sunday, June 16, 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.


Don’t miss this annual street party celebrating Ribs and Rock & Roll. Kick off summer at Ribfest Chicago!

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.