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)

Here’s 27 reaons why Ribfest Chicago has been voted the Best Food Fest in Chicago.


Ribs, Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork

Ribs, Rib Tips, Pulled Pork

Ribs, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Pretzel Bomb

Big Joes Backyard BBQ
Ribs, BBQ Sundae, Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Ribs, Pulled Pork, Smoked Sausage

Ribs, Pulled Pork Slider, Mac and Cheese

City Barbeque
St. Louis Styel Ribs, Mac and Cheese, Double Smoked Brisket Tacos

St. Louis Ribs, Hot Mss BBQ Sundae, Pork Sliders

Ribs, Cheese Curds, Country Chicken Sandwich

Ribs, Mac and Cheese, Curry Fries

Fried Ribs, BBQ Nachos, BBQ Slider

Ribs, BBQ Nachos, The Piggy Mac

Ribs, Rib Tips, Corn on the Cob

Baby Back Ribs, Smoked Chicken Wings, Brisket Sandwich


Pulled Pork, Funnel Cake, Ice Cream

Pulled Pork, Jerk Turkey Tips, Candied Bacon

Funnel Cake, Burgers, Italian Beef

Hot Dogs, Burgers, Italian Beef

Churros, Ice Cream, Churro Sundae

Dinky Delights Donuts, Dinky Delights Ice Cream Sandwiches

Tacos (Steak, Chicken, Kolbi, Corn in a Cup, Pina Colada

Pina Colada, Mango Colada, Mango Pineapple Flavored Water

Grilled Chicken Skewer with Vegetable Rice, Footlong Corn Dogs, Deep Fried Snickers/Oreos/Twinkies

Mozzaraepas (Pernil, Ropa Vieja, Chicken)

BBQ Turkey Legs, Corn Patty, Skewers

Tacos (Steak, Pulled Pork, Chicken Mole)

The Guiltless Garden
Guiltless Guac w/Chips: Single Serving or Flight (Traditional, BLT, Minty Mango)


Ribfest Chicago invites you to decide who will win the “People’s Choice” award at the close of the weekend. With 14 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.

Let the tasting begin! Rib vendors are offering 3-bone “Samplers” for 8 tickets ($8) allowing fest visitors the opportunity to taste the BBQ from each restaurant. Ballots should be turned in by 6 PM on Sunday, June 16, at the Northcenter Chamber booth across from CVS on the west side of Lincoln Ave.


Janet Davies, ABC 7: Once again, Janet Davies has graciously stepped up to serve as our guest emcee to introduce our Celebrity Judges as well as provide color commentary on the proceedings. We were honored to have Janet as a Celebrity Judge in 2015 and are thrilled to have her return for a fourth year as our emcee.



Jimmy Choi: Jimmy is a technology consultant and motivational speaker from Bolingbrook, Illinois. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 27, and has since become an active advocate for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Jimmy has also appeared on American Ninja Warrior.



Muffy Fishbasket: Muffy is world famous… in her own mind. The original #DragBroad, her performances are often considered a fun-loving mix of Madeline Kahn confusion and Mae West camp. She trained in the circus arts at the famed Actors Gymnasium and the Trapeze School New York.



Maxwell Jenkins: An American actor who has appeared on numerous TV shows, Maxwell plays Will Robinson in Netflix’s remake of Lost in Space. He is the son of Jeff Jenkins and Julie Greenberg, co-founders of Chicago’s Midnight Circus.



Lauren O’Neil, 101WKQX: Lauren worked in a variety of markets including Philly, OK City, and The NOLA before finally settling down in Chicago. Lauren enjoys hanging out at farmers’ markets and considers herself to be a huge foodie.



Ina Pinkney: Known as the “Breakfast Queen,” Ina is the Chef/Owner of INA’S, an American Food restaurant serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Chicago’s trendy West Loop Market District. Because of her attention to the changing tastes of consumers, she is a sought after judge at competitions—and ours is no exception.



Patti Vasquez: Born and raised in Chicago, Patti is an internationally performing stand-up comedian. She has appeared as a commentator for WGN-TV Morning News and Fox Good Day Chicago. She also served as a fill-in host for WCIU’s You & Me in the Morning. Patti is currently a radio host on WGN.


Arin Wright: Arin is an American soccer player who currently plays for the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League. In 2016, Arin was named to the NWSL Best XI for the season and nominated for the Defender of the Year award.


Contact Information

Location and Hours

  • Lincoln / Irving Park / Damen
  • Friday, June 12, 5-10 PM
  • Saturday, June 13, Noon-10 PM
  • Sunday, June 14, 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.