Let’s ignore the subzero temperatures and think about the summer for a moment because we’re four months away from one of the city’s best summer festivals: Ribfest.
The Northcenter Chamber of Commerce announced the festival will be Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12.
Featuring live music, a kids’ area and gallons of barbecue sauce, the event draws more than 50,000 people each year. About two dozen restaurants serve up about 40,000 pounds of ribs and barbecue.
This will be the 13th annual Ribfest, which covers about three blocks on Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park Road and Warner Avenue and requires a volunteer staff of about 700. It has come a long way since its humble beginnings: three guys in a bank parking lot.
Last year they added RibMania, a competitive eating event in partnership with Major League Eating and officially sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating.
Ribfest is continuing the event this year, and a dozen professional eaters from across the country will be slurping on stage. If you’re wondering just how sloppy that gets, we have video from last year’s RibMania.
And for the little ones, there’s Kid Square with inflatables, games and their own live entertainment.
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Ribfest has a requested $5 donation for entrance, which benefits the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce Philanthropic Committee to fund area beautification, programs and community initiatives.
It also benefits the Ribfest Volunteer Grant Program, which issues funds directly to schools and charitable organizations in exchange for their assistance in providing festival volunteer staff.
Ribfest also has a solid music lineup and is currently accepting band submissions. Ribfest typically books honky tonk, alt country, Americana, rock and Indie style music, and no cover bands. For more information, visit the Ribfest Chicago 2011 website.