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Lincoln Avenue, Irving Park Road & Damen Avenue in Northcenter Neighborhood|4000 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL | Map

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Five-time winner of the coveted "Best Food Fest" title, Ribfest Chicago fires up the excitement even MORE this year when it returns to Lincoln Avenue in the Northcenter neighborhood June 12, 13 and 14 in 2020. Featuring an updated menu that highlights amazing food, Chicago bands, the all-new Town Square Lounge, the tented Backyard BBQ Pavilion, a new family fun area and many more surprises. Since 1999, Ribfest Chicago has set the standard and continues to pride itself as a food festival destination. Fans from around the globe enjoy world-class BBQ from some of the best-known spots in the Chicago area. With more than two dozen food vendors, the menu is vast and includes all your favorite meats, sweets and festival treats. But delectable fare isn’t the only strong suit. Ribfest Chicago is also a nationally recognized music festival that features local and national all-original artists. It was named a Top Chicago Festival by BizBash, North America’s #1 resource for event planning professionals. Ribfest Chicago keeps it fresh with new features like the all-new Town Square Lounge and tented Backyard BBQ Pavilion with all-weather seating, picnic games and its own entertainment stage. Attendee comfort and convenience is high up on the menu, so 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 includes music, dance, games and crafts, while other weekend highlights include the Celebrity Judging and People's Choice competitions to award the prizes for Best Ribs. Pick up a ballot at the festival entrance to help decide who is most deserving to take home the coveted title. After 20 years and nearly a million satisfied customers, nothing comes close to the original. Ribfest Chicago continues to evolve and improve so our audiences and our partners keep coming back for more. Be part of the unveiling of this all-new recipe for summer fun. Barbecue, music and family celebration 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 We appreciate all the friends in our social media community! Show some love on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @RibfestChicago and #RibfestChicago! 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: Friday, June 12, 2020 - 5 pm to 10 pm; Saturday, June 13, 2020 - Noon to 10 pm; Sunday, June 14, 2020 - 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 $500,000 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 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