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Ribfest Chicago

Put your feedbag on and chow down at Ribfest Chicago June 12-14 and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel!

Are you hungry for some barbeque? Then Ribfest Chicago is your kind of event. 50,000 pounds of ribs and other barbeque specialties will be served and 50,000 people are expected to attend! Come and get your pound!

But wait! There is more! How about Kids Square, an area set aside with inflatables, games, face painting, and puppet shows! And how about Ribmania? That’s a barbeque eating contest where contestants smear themselves with sauce! And there’s the After Hours Party after Ribfest Chicago shuts down! And there will jazz bands, blues bands, rock and roll bands, folk bands, and inflated waist bands!

Ribfest Chicago went viral in 2013 when the Food Network’s “Eating America with Anthony Anderson discovered it and covered it, naming it “Chicago’s best food fest,” and visitors poured in from all the Midwest. Now the pig-out is one of the most visited events in summertime Chicago.

Ribfest Chicago is a five block street fair in the heart of the city’s north side, at the intersections of Lincoln Avenue, Damen and Irving Park Road. Hours: Friday-5-10 pm; Saturday-Sunday-noon to 10 pm. Conveniently located el stops are just blocks away.

Make your Ribfest Chicago experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in historic Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (if you’ve got room left in your stomach), Friday nights.