Two outdoor stages, two indoor stages, and over 50 acts! We’ve got unique vendors, delicious local food, and we’re pouring over 30 craft beers!

Dates/Times:
Friday, July 10th, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Saturday, July 11th, 12:00 – 11:00 PM
Sunday, July 12th, 12:00 – 9:00 PM

Location:
The festival will take place on Lincoln Avenue, between Montrose and Wilson.

Website:
http://www.squareroots.org/

Taste of Chicago is the nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago’s beautiful Grant Park on the city’s magnificent lakefront has been home to the world’s largest food festival.

Dates/Times: July 8 – 15
11am-9pm: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
10am-9pm: Saturday & Sunday

Location:
Grant Park
Jackson & Columbus
Chicago, IL 60602
http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dca/Taste%20of%20Chicago/TOCbrochuremap2015.pdf

Website:
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/taste_of_chicago.html
http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dca/Taste%20of%20Chicago/TOCbrochure2015.pdf

With Navy Pier expected to reach capacity, click here to plan your visit accordingly
Aon Summer Fireworks at 9:30 on July 4th

Location: Navy Pier
Date/Time: July 4th @ 9:30pm

https://navypier.com/

Now in its fourth year, the best BBQ fest on the Northwest Side will descend upon Milwaukee Avenue this year at the historic Six Corners intersection (at Irving Park Road and Cicero Avenue) on June 14-15. Join friends and neighbors at 6 Corners BBQ Fest for this two-day bash to celebrate community at Six Corners in Chicago!

Restaurant vendors will serve up yummy grub deliciously paired with irresistible BBQ sauce. And since dads love to grill everything from burgers to ribs, what better time to hold a BBQ fest than on the weekend of Father’s Day? Along with great live music, a vibrant marketplace and an area dedicated to fun for the children, 6 Corners BBQ Fest is not to be missed! Gather the family and head over to Six Corners to spend a weekend with fellow BBQ lovers! $5 Donation requested to benefit the 6 Corners community.

The 6 Corners BBQ Fest is hosted by the Six Corners Association. Founded in 2002 by local businesses, the association was established to contribute to the revitalization of their historic business district – an area that dates back to the early 1900s. Currently, approximately 130 businesses work in conjunction with the Six Corners Association.

For more information, contact Ed Bannon, program manager for Six Corners Association, at (773) 685-9300 or ed@sixcorners.com.

Date: June 19 – 21

Location:
4041 N. MILWAUKEE AVE. CHICAGO, IL 60641

http://6cornersbbqfest.com/

Get ready to go wild, craft beer lovers. Lincoln Park Zoo is hosting a hoptastic craft beer fest! Savor a selection of 75-plus specialty brews produced by more than 35 local and regional breweries at this one-of-a-kind event. Beer tasting stations will be set up throughout the zoo’s beautiful gardens during this after-hours experience just for adults. Plus, enjoy food for purchase, DJ entertainment, lawn games and views of the zoo’s amazing animals!

Brew to Be Wild is expected to sell out early, so purchase your tasting pass today. (A limited number of VIP tickets will also be sold. VIP tickets include exclusive beer tastings, snacks and access to a private lounge and restrooms.)

6–11 p.m General Admission
5–11 p.m. VIP Admission

For participants ages 21 and older

Pricing
$49 General Admission
$89 VIP Admission (limited to 350 patrons maximum)
$20 Designated Drive Admission

What Everyone Receives
20 3-ounce samples of more than 75 brews
Souvenir tasting glass (yes, it’s glass)
DJs playing in various areas throughout the zoo
Food available for purchase

VIP Admission Extras
1-hour earlier sampling (gate access at 5 p.m.)
VIP area at Café at Wild Things rooftop deck!
Additional limited, specialty brews available to sample
Complimentary snacks

A portion of your ticket sale will help support Lincoln Park Zoo. Your contribution helps to keep Chicago’s landmark zoo free and open every day!

Breweries Confirmed So Far:

Vice District Brewing, Chicago, IL
Berghoff Beer, Chicago, IL
Forbidden Root Brewing Company, Chicago, IL
Lagunitas Brewing Company, Lagunitas, CA
Ten Ninety Brewing, Chicago, IL
Brooklyn Brewing, New York, NY
Lake Effect Brewing Company, Chicago, IL
Noon Whistle Brewing Co., Lombard, IL
Empirical Brewery, Chicago, IL
Illuminated Brew Works, Chicago, IL
Blue Nose Brewery, Chicago, IL
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA
Wild Onion Brewery, Lake Barrington, IL
Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI
Two Brothers Brewing Company, Warrenville, IL
Goose Island Beer Company, Chicago, IL
New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, CO
Magic Hat Brewing Company, South Burlington, VT
BrickStone Brewery, Bourbonnais, IL
Bucket List Brewing, Chicago, IL
Aleman Brewing, Chicago, IL
Miskatonic Brewing Company, Darien, IL
Surly Brewing Co., Minneapolis, MN
Deschutes Brewery , Bend, OR
Argus Brewery, Chicago, IL
Ale Syndicate, Chicago, IL
Pollyanna Brewing Company, Lemont, IL
51st Ward Beer Company, Westmont, IL
Around the Bend Beer Company, Chicago, IL
Banging Gavel Brews, Chicago, IL
Carson’s Brewery, Evansville, IN
Maplewood Brewery & Distillery, Chicago, IL
Middle Brow Beer, Chicago, IL
Rude Hippo Brewing Company, Chicago, IL
SlapShot Brewing Company, Chicago, IL
Smylie Brothers Brewing Company, Evanston, IL
McKenzie Brewing Company, Eugene, OR
Upland Brewing Company, Bloomington, IN
Finch’s Beer Company, Chicago, IL
Forbidden Root Brewing Company, Chicago, IL
Solemn Oath Brewery, Naperville, IL
Cahoots Brewing, Forest Park, IL
Pig Minds Brewing Company, Rockford, IL
Against the Grain Brewery, Louisville, KY
Atlas Brewing Company, Chicago, IL
Milwaukee (MKE) Brewing Company, Milwaukee, WI
Motor Row Brewing, Chicago, IL
Summit Brewing Company, St. Paul, MN
SweetWater Brewing Company, Atlanta, GA
Tallgrass Brewing Company, Manhattan, KS
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, St. Louis, MO

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Date/Time:
June 13
6–11 p.m General Admission
5–11 p.m. VIP Admission

Location:
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street · Chicago, IL 60614 · 312-742-2000

If you are coming to Ribfest for the first time, you may have a few questions about parking, tickets, kids and dogs. Our most frequently asked questions are below. Not to mention, a lot of information is available on our site, Facebook page and Twitter.

Q: Where and when is Ribfest Chicago 2015?
A: Ribfest Chicago XVII is Friday, June 12, 5-10 p.m., and Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14, noon-10 p.m. The festival takes place along Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park Road and Berteau Avenue.

Q: How much is it to get in?
A: We request a $5 suggested donation at the gate. Proceeds from the gate donations are invested right back into the Northcenter community and help support local schools and nonprofit organizations, economic development and greening efforts.

Q: Where can I park?
A: While 3-hour metered parking is available on the main streets surrounding the festival, it is very limited. We highly recommend public transportation. The Brown Line stops on Irving Park Road, just a few blocks east of the festival. The 80 Irving Park and 50 Damen busses both have stops in close proximity to the fest. NOTE: Festival parking is not allowed in the CVS or MB Financial Bank lots. Cars parked in these lots will be towed.

Q: Can I pay cash for food and drinks?
A. No, this is a ticketed event and food and beverage vendors will only accept tickets for your purchases.

Q: How much are food and drink tickets?
A: Food and drink tickets are $1 per ticket. As a guide: a 3-bone rib sampler is 8 tickets, beer is between 6-7 tickets, and most food items will cost between 4-12 tickets.

Q: Can I buy food and drink tickets with a credit card?
A: Yes. There are credit card machines at the ticket booths.

Q: Where do I pick up my VIP tickets?
A: When you get to the festival, present your receipt at the CVS Gate (located on the West side of the CVS parking lot on Lincoln Avenue) and proceed to the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce tent directly across from the gate to pick up your VIP package. You will need a photo ID to pick up your VIP package.

Q: Can I bring my kids?
A: Of course! We have a safe, fun Kids Square area set up in Northcenter Town Square north of CVS; enter at Belle Plaine and Lincoln. From noon-8 p.m. on Saturday and noon-7 p.m. on Sunday, we’ll have inflatables, activities, kid-friendly entertainment and more! Stroller parking is available in the three CVS parking spaces closest to Lincoln. Entry is free, however, for a $5 donation, your child will receive a goodie bag and be entered into our prize drawing.

Q: Are there any vendors with vegetarian/gluten-free options?
A: Yes! At Ribfest Chicago, we strive to bring a variety of local and citywide restaurants and food vendors to you, including several that accommodate vegetarian, gluten-free and other dietary needs.

Q: I live around the corner. Can I bring my own booze?
A: No. Security staff at the gate and throughout the festival will be looking for open liquor from outside the festival. If you’re caught with outside alcohol, you will be asked to pour it out.

Q: When is RibMania VI?
A: RibMania is Friday, June 12, 6 p.m, on the Reader Stage at the north end of the festival (Lincoln and Berteau).

Q: Can I enter the RibMania Amateur Contest?
A: Sure! Anyone can submit an application; contestant space is first-come, first-served, limit of 10 contestants.

Q: I am not attending the festival but looking to patronize or have an appointment with a local business along the festival route. Do I need to pay at the gate to go to my Dr.’s appointment/haircut/the furniture store?
A: No, no one is required to donate at the gate to enter the festival area to conduct business. However, we do hope you’ll come back for great music and food and support this great festival’s efforts to help support local schools and nonprofits.

Q: I’m with the media and looking to cover the festival. Who should I talk to?
A: Please contact Nate Pennebaker at Fetch PR, 512-468-1081. He can also be emailed at npennebaker@fetch-pr.com. .

Q: Can my band play at Ribfest?
A: We love hearing new music—even if the lineup is already set for this year, we will consider any original artists for future years. Please send inquiries to info@bigbuzzideagroup.com.

Q:Are dogs allowed?
A: While we don’t prohibit dogs, we don’t recommend bringing man’s best friend either. There are crowds of people and hot grills, not to mention bones and bone pieces on the ground that could present a choking hazard for your pet. You can always take home a doggie bag.

Q: Where can I find more information regarding Ribfest Chicago?
A: Visit our website, Ribfest-Chicago.com, like us on Facebook at RibfestChicago or follow us on Twitter @RibfestChicago, for all of your festival needs! And for the true “insider” experience, sign up for the Ribfest Chicago Insider newsletter when you visit the website.

Date/Time:
Friday June 12 – Sunday June 14 at
Friday 5-10 PM; Saturday Noon-10 PM; Sunday Noon-10 PM,

Location:
Lincoln Avenue from Irving Park to Berteau (4000 N to 4165 N)

Website: http://www.ribfest-chicago.com/

We are excited to announce Wingout • Chicago – an Inaugural festival celebrating the best of Chicago’s chicken wings including Jake Melnick’s, Barn & Company, Output Lounge, Monti’s, Old Crow Smokehouse, Public House, Michael’s Pizzeria & Tavern, and many others.

Gates Open from 2 PM – 6 PM
Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7
at the St. Mike’s Parking Lot in Old Town

Each Ticket Includes:
– All You Can Eat Wings from 15-20 of Chicago’s Top Wing Vendors
– 2 Free 16 oz Beers or Refreshments from a Craft Selection
– Live Blues Music

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Date/Time: June 6-7 at 2pm-6pm

Location:
St. Mike’s Parking Lot in Old Town

http://www.greencurtainevents.com/home/wingout-chicago/

The Pilsen Food Truck Social is featuring over 25 Illinois Food Truck Owners Association member food trucks! The event will also feature local Pilsen area restaurants and retail, art and craft vendors.

Pilsen’s own Honky Tonk BBQ will be vending their delicious BBQ fare and breaking out their big smoker. Pilsen newcomer Azul18 will be participating with their delicious “new American cuisine with Latin American flare”. And Pilsen’s own Dia De Los Tamales will be featuring their revolutionary tamales from their own chef driven eco-conscious kitchen.

“Revolution Brewing is proud to be sponsoring the inaugural Pilsen Food Truck Social,” said Kim Elsham Vavrick, Communications Specialist for Revolution Brewing. “We will be providing all the beer for the event, which includes the following brands: Rosa Hibiscus Ale, Anti-Hero IPA, and Fist City Chicago Pale Ale, as well as a special brewpub-only beer, El Hefe Loco Hefeweizen. In addition to Revolution beer, Pilsen’s Punch House will feature a delicious Margarita Punch made with sponsoring tequila Azteka Azul and a live punch-making demonstration (and tasting) hosted by the one and only, Will Duncan, Beverage Director at Punch House at 3:30pm both days. Tito’s Handmade Vodka, another event sponsor, will also present a refreshing Tito’s Vodka and Lemonade throughout the weekend. Sponsor Naked Juice will be offering free samples to festival goers.

In the addition to the live music curated by the talent buyers at Thalia Hall, Pilsen Food Truck Social will also offer creative art activities for kids and adults hosted by Pilsen’s own EleVarte Community Studio. Culture thrives in Pilsen and the rest of Chicago is invited to explore the heart of the community at this new street fest. It’s here, in Pilsen, where bold murals have blossomed in the most unexpected places — on the fronts of homes, along railway overpasses, and wrapped around train platforms. The artful vibe continues within storefront galleries and studios. It’s a neighborhood that pulses with a youthful spirit and is ever evolving. Pilsen Food Truck Social attendees can spend the day – before, during or after the fest – discovering the diverse collection of offbeat vintage shops, independent coffee houses and quaint cafes alongside bodegas, panaderias and ethnic restaurants dotted throughout the neighborhood. Thalia Hall will also feature live music and ticketed shows inside their historic venue during the weekend.

The $20 Sampler Ticket consists of five individual $4 value tickets that can be used at any participating food vendor or food truck onsite for a sample portion of their menu. For those over 21 the individual sampler ticket can also be used for samples of the aforementioned beers and spirits. All of the food truck’s regular menu items and regular sized food and beverages on site will be available for cash sale, but the only way to do the sampling is with the $20 Sampler Ticket available in advance or at the event.

The Fine Print:
Produced by Optimum Events, LLC and Empty Bottle Presents, in partnership with Thalia Hall and the Illinois Food Truck Owners Association, the Pilsen Food Truck Social will take place on June 6 & 7 from 11 am to 10 pm on 18th Street between Throop and Racine. A $5 optional donation is requested for admittance.

Date/Times: June 6-7 at 11am-10pm

Location:
The event takes place on 18th Street between Racine and Throop
1200 W. -1300 W. 18th Street

http://www.pilsenfoodtrucksocial.com

Summer Food features more than 90 recipes for light and flavorful fare for every meal of the day—from brunch favorites to light suppers, refreshing cocktails, and fruit-forward desserts. Dishes like grilled escarole with plums and goat cheese; salmon with crème fraiche and garden herbs; quinoa with capers, torn basil, and tomatoes; and lamb burgers with minty pesto celebrate the fresh flavors of the season and are well suited for sharing with friends and family at alfresco meals. Gorgeous, photography throughout the book showcases the simplicity and beauty of summer cooking. Stunning scenic photography of the seaside, finished dishes, and summer ingredients, emphasize the book’s carefree nature and style.

Buy the book here!

Come out for Chicago Land Area’s Greatest Rib Fest and Carnival!
Meet Porky, Enjoy Live Music and get a thrill at Chicagolands Largest Carnival!
Over 30 Carnival Rides
Finger Lickin’ Ribs prepared by BBQ Vendors from across the Country
Vendors of all kinds
Live Music All Weekend Long – Country! Classic Rock! Blues!

Dates: June 11 – 14
Location: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL

http://www.porkysribfest.com/

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