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Windy City RibFest in Uptown

Windy City RibFest in Uptown

Date: Friday to Sunday, July 4-6
Time: Friday & Saturday - Noon to 10pm | Sunday - Noon to 9pm
Location: Lawrence & Broadway | Chicago
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Beneficiary: Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown


Finger lickin' slabs from some of the best local and national ribbers will be in the spotlight at this popular summer food/street fest that's celebrating its sixth year in 2014. Even better? A rockin' 3-day music stage lineup featuring some of the hottest local and national rock/pop and classic indie acts as well as local tribute bands!

This "saucy" happening also features arts & crafts, a daytime play area for kids, plus beer and wine. Plus Windy City RibFest in Uptown takes place just steps away from three of Chicago's hippest music venues: the Riviera Theatre, the Green Mill, and the iconic Aragon Ballroom.

A $5 suggested donation benefits the Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown.

Great Food Meets Great Beer!
Craft Beer & Rib Tasting Packages

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Windy City RibFest meets Chicago Craft Beer Festival! Who doesn't like ribs and craft beer?!

This year, we're offering a $40.00 package each day (not transferable) for the following:

  • Advance payment of entrance donation.
  • Half slab rib ribber at any one of the (5) "ribbers". Dinner include 2 sides of your choice.
  • (5) 3-oz samples of over 10 different unique beers in a souvenir tasting glass. Beer choices coming soon!
  • Private seating area throughout each day. Tasting tickets are redeemable all day from 1:00pm to 10:00pm (9:00pm on Sunday)
  • Ability to purchase full size craft beers (not available anywhere else at the festival).
Ticket are limited so sign up early! And don't forget, all purchasers must be 21+ to redeem this offer.

Enjoy Samples of these great beers!


Main Stage Entertainment
Friday
1:00pm - The Hot Sauce Committee
3:00pm - Stache
5:30pm - Cat Fight (2 sets!)
8:30pm - Who's Bad (Michael Jackson Tribute)



Saturday
12:15pm - Hello Weekend
2:00pm - Suénalo
4:15pm - JT Hodges
6:15pm - Jamie Lono & Noble Heart
8:30pm - Cowboy Mouth



Sunday
12:15pm - The Rave
2:00pm - Crush on Radio
3:30pm - Vintage Blue
5:00pm - The Brothers StarRace
6:30pm - People's Choice 'Best Ribs" Winner Announced!
6:45pm  Trippin Billies





Event Parking
Event parking for only $10 per day is available in the Aragon Ballroom parking lot. The parking lot is located on the southeast corner of Lawrence and Winthrop, one block east from the festival entrance.

2014 Ribbers
Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ (www.aussomaussie.com)
Whoever said Americans are the only ones who can make ribs haven't yet tasted the "Barbies," as they're called Down Under, of Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ. Owner/founder Paul MacKay is quite the character and has been cooking up a storm for the last 25 years with unique recipes that include their tasty fruit-based barbeque sauce that returns again this year. And yep, mate, the company is indeed based in Sydney with a U.S. outpost in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Chicago BBQ Company (www.chicagobbq4u.com)
Home-grown barbeque by Chicago BBQ has earned the Windy City quite the reputation at Midwest rib events by winning awards galore for this Berwyn-based company. Owned by barbeque expert Tom Ferguson, a popular presence at Windy City RibFest, he started the company in 1985 with a vision of creating the ultimate low and slow-smoke barbeque experience.

Famous Dave's (www.famousdaves.com)
Arguably America's best-known ribber, the chain was founded in 1994 in Hayward, Wis., opened its first location in Minneapolis. It now has nearly 200 locations in more than 30 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. If there's a national rib "ambassador, it's founder David Anderson whose road to fame began with his love for fine barbeque and a desire to make the finest slow-smoked barbeque folks have ever tasted.

Porky Chicks BBQ
Serious barbeque is what this Fayetteville, Ark.-based ribber that returns to Windy City RibFest, is all about. "You won't regret their fantastic ribs" and "simply awesome" are just a few of the rave reviews from their legions of fans. For years Porky Chicks' slabs have been an Arkansas secret that now all Chicagoans can enjoy at Windy City RibFest!

Texas Thunder BBQ (www.texasthunderbbq.com)
Since Joey Sutphen took over his family-owned Texas barbeque business that was founded more than 60 years ago, he's taken the family's BBQ recipe to hundreds of rib events throughout the country. Texas Thunder returns to Windy City RibFest again this year and is sure to win hundreds more loyal fans to their savory cooking expertise.

About the Beneficiary:
Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown Chicago
Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown has been Uptown's business association since 1923. Our mission is to be the primary advocate, voice and support organization for the historic and diverse Uptown business community. Our vision is to be a driving force in creating a clean, safe, attractive, well-informed, self-reliant, thriving and pride-filled business community that supports and is supported by local consumers and is a destination point for Chicago visitors.

The boundaries of the Chamber are Irving Park Road on the south; Foster Avenue on the north; Lake Michigan on the east; and Ravenswood on the west from Montrose Avenue to Foster Avenue and Clark Street on the west from Irving Park Road to Montrose Avenue.

Sponsorship & Marketing Opportunities
Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 773-584-6684 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

Event Logistics
Still have questions on event logistics? Contact Alan Cervenka via email or at 773-584-6683.

Vendor/Exhibitor Opportunities
Click here for more information and applications on how to exhibit at this event and others. If you have additional questions, please contact the Exhibit Relations Manager or at 773.584.6642.

Music Bookings
Any bands or entertainers wishing to be considered for future bookings must submit the following information via email only. Please email us your website, your MySpace links, any other promotional links, a bio is also appreciated. If you are currently playing any Chicagoland venues or clubs, that's important information to include. Last but not least, give us a price range on the band. If you feel your act is especially suited for one specific event, tell us why you're a great fit for that event! Please email to Gehrig Peterson, our Music Director at GPeterson@chicagoevents.com.

Event Sponsors
Bud Light
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