Fri, August 19, 2022 thru
Sun, August 21, 2022

Fri: 5pm to 10pm | Sat/Sun: Noon to 10pm

The Beneficiary



Date(s) Fri, August 19, 2022 thru
Sun, August 21, 2022
Time Fri: 5pm to 10pm | Sat/Sun: Noon to 10pm
Location Lincoln/Irving Park/Damen
4000 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago IL

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One of Chicago’s most iconic events is back bigger than ever! Ribfest Chicago returns to Northcenter with a date change of August 19th-21st but all of the rest of the event elements that Chicago loves so dearly are in place. It’s ribs, ribs, ribs all weekend long with plenty of cold beer and a stellar entertainment lineup.

Experience top BBQ vendors who offer racks of their signature ribs and sides, while competing for two Best of Ribfest Chicago titles: the People’s choice award chosen by the crowd; and the top award chosen by a panel of celebrity judges.

Although ribs play the starring role, Ribfest Chicago offers so much more. A wide variety of local, non-rib restaurants also offer their signature dishes. There is a family area with plenty of activities and games for the kids and its own stage.



Bud Light Main Stage @ Irving Park Rd.
5:00p.m.  - Donna Herula Quartet
6:30p.m. - Big Shoulders Brass Band
8:30p.m. - Wedding Banned 

North Stage at Berteau
5:30p.m. - Big Fans
7:00p.m. - Starlight City
8:45p.m. - Kashmir


Bud Light Main Stage @ Irving Park Rd.
1:00p.m. - Chase Wilkins Band
2:30p.m. - The Band Calderisi
4:30p.m. - Neptune's Core
6:30p.m. - Freddy Jones Band 
8:30p.m. - Breakfast Club

North Stage at Berteau
1:30p.m. - Triple J Trio
3:00p.m. - Black Oil Brothers
5:00p.m. Pino Farina Band
6:30p.m. - Saturday June Band
8:00 p.m. - Run Forrest Run


Bud Light Main Stage @ Irving Park Rd.
1:00p.m. - Dolly Varden
2:30p.m. - Minor Moon
4:30p.m. - Fletcher Rockwell
6:30p.m. - Way Down Wanderers
8:30p.m. - SEMPLE

North Stage at Berteau
1:30p.m. - School of Rock
3:30p.m. - Furious Frank
5:30p.m. - Mosquitos
7:15p.m. - Hello Weekend (2 sets!!)

Freddy Jones Band

For more than three decades, Freddy Jones Band has been one of America’s most noteworthy and revered roots rock acts. In 2022/23, the band will mark the 30th Anniversary of their biggest hit, “In a Daydream,” which topped the AAA charts at #1 in the mid-90’s. To commemorate the milestone, Freddy Jones Band will release a brand new version of the song in mid-2022!

Despite the band’s name, none of the members are named Freddy Jones. Freddy Jones Band is fronted by founding member, guitarist, and songwriter Marty Lloyd, who is joined by an all-star lineup that includes longtime band member and noted bassist, Rich Ross, who has also spent many years touring with The Samples.

2022 Ribbers

Mrs. Murphy's & Sons

Opening it’s doors in September 2005, in the heart of Chicago’s North Center neighborhood, Mrs. Murphy’s has been serving up scratch made Irish pub favorites, complemented by a thoughtful assortment of craft beers, a friendly wine list, and a deep list of Irish whiskeys (now more than 50!) for more than 16 years.  And let's not forget about their Chicago-style ribs.  They're coated in their amazing Irish whiskey BBQ sauce for some finger-licking tastiness!


Smiley's Barbecue

Smiley's Barbecue started in the backyard cooking with family and friends and just hanging out having a good time. Robert Smiley received a charcoal smoker as a gift and the backyard BBQ’s were forever changed. Quickly, Robert fell in love with the process of cooking meat low 'n' slow to achieve the perfect tenderness and amazing flavor profiles only possible by burning real wood.


Armadillo's BBQ

A festival favorite, you've probably seen Armadillo's BBQ around the Chicagoland area (including at this event in the past)!  This year, they'll be serving BBQ Ribs, Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Chicken Breast, Mac & Cheese, Cornbread, and Dinner Sides of Baked Beans and Cole Slaw.  Yum!


Chicago BBQ Company

Born of the original Giovanni’s in Berwyn, IL, we took our award winning ribs on the road starting in 1985, and have been racking up the Ribfest and Cookoff wins ever since. We cross the country every summer so come see us when we’re nearby.   Who's hungry?



Austin's Texas Lightening

Austin's Texas Lightening has been delivering WINNING results since we opened in 2010. Our goal is to provide both superior BBQ and great customer service for our customers. AUSTIN’S TEXAS LIGHTNING  has over 60 years of experience in BBQ business and is passionate about exceeding your expectations.

Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities

Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 312-799-0354 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

About the Beneficiary: Northcenter Chamber of Commerce

The Northcenter Chamber of Commerce is a business and community development organization committed to making Northcenter a better place for businesses and residents.

What began as a small merchants’ organization has evolved into one of Chicago’s largest and most active neighborhood small business organizations, with more than 420 members and counting!

As the Service Provider for Special Service Area #38, the Chamber works with vendors to provide “clean and green” services including landscaping, litter abatement, sidewalk snow removal and more to promote the cleanliness, safety and sustainability of our beloved neighborhood.

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