About This Festival
Lincoln Avenue, Irving Park Road & Damen Avenue in Northcenter Neighborhood|4000 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL | Map
From the Organizer
Who do we love? Dad! What does Dad love? Ribs! Give Dad what he loves this Father’s Day weekend at the 21st annual Ribfest Chicago! That’s right – the city’s most highly anticipated summer festival is moving to June 14, 15 and 16 in 2019! Located in the beloved Northcenter neighborhood, you can expect high-quality and diverse food selections and premier musical entertainment! Since its inception, Ribfest Chicago continues to pride itself as a festival for the whole family. And there’s no better way to celebrate Dad this Father's Day weekend than with world-class ribs from over a dozen vendors including some of the best-known spots in the Chicago-area. With 30 total food vendors, the menu is vast and includes all your favorite meats, sweets and festival treats. And while you’re there, raise a glass with us – it is our 21st after all! And did you know Ribfest Chicago has received the honor of "Best Food Fest" an incredible five times and was featured on Food Network? But delectable fare isn’t the only strong suit. Ribfest Chicago is also a nationally-recognized music festival, hosting only the best original indie artists. Just last year, it was named a top festival in Chicago by BizBash (North America’s #1 resource for event planning professionals). Grab your grub and get into one of Ribfest Chicago's many lounges. Take it up a notch with a VIP experience that includes a charging station and a private air-conditioned restroom trailer. And, of course, VIPs jump to the front of the drink line every time. Family entertainment will include music, dance, games and crafts. Other weekend highlights include the Celebrity Judging and People's Choice competitions to award the prizes for Best Ribs. Pick up your ballot at the festival gate to help decide who should take home the title. Ribs, music and celebrating Dad doesn’t get any better than at Ribfest Chicago! Stay up to date with plans as they happen by joining the Ribfest Chicago Insider newsletter. For more information and exclusive Ribfest Chicago VIP passes, visit www.Ribfest-Chicago.com. We appreciate all the friends in our social media community! Show some love on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @RibfestChicago and #RibfestChicago! WHAT: Ribfest Chicago, hosted by the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce. WHERE: Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park Road (4000N-2000W) and Berteau Avenue (4185N-2100W). CTA Buses 50 and 80 stop at Damen/Irving Park Rd. El: Brown Line to Irving Park. WHEN: Father’s Day Weekend Friday, June 14, 2019 - 5 pm to 10 pm Saturday, June 15, 2019 - Noon to 10 pm Sunday, June 16, 2019 - Noon to 10 pm COST: Suggested $10 Donation/$20 per family is requested to benefit Northcenter philanthropy and community programs. WHY: Proceeds benefit Northcenter Chamber of Commerce initiatives, annual community programming, greening and beautification efforts, the Volunteer Grant Program and charitable funding approved by the Chamber Philanthropy Committee. Ribfest Chicago has contributed nearly $350,000 to Northcenter schools and nonprofits to improve education, benefit critical nonprofit work, assist special needs and fight hunger, in addition to funding chamber projects and annual programming. WHO: HOST: Founded in 1946, the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce is a community and business development organization on Chicago’s North Side. By promoting and supporting commercial, professional, financial and nonprofit enterprises, its members are dedicated to making Northcenter a great place to live, shop and grow. The Northcenter Chamber’s highly anticipated and attended community events, such as Ribfest Chicago, make it one of Chicago’s premier neighborhood organizations. For more information about the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce, visit www.northcenterchamber.com. PRODUCER: Ribfest Chicago event producer, Big Buzz Idea Group, provides operational support to nonprofit organizations, so their team can focus on vision and mission execution. Whether an organization needs help with a single project or ongoing nonprofit management services like administration, bookkeeping, communications and marketing, database management or event production, Big Buzz Idea Group is a full-service solution. For more information about Big Buzz Idea Group, visit www.BigBuzzIdeaGroup.com.