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Lincoln & Damen Ave — June 8-10

Heartless Bastards Close Out Ribfest 2012

Patty Wetli & Sarah Tilotta | Monday, Jun 11, 2012 | No comments
Heartless Bastards Close Out Ribfest 2012 After three days of serving up the best ribs Chicago has to offer, some of the hottest up-and-coming music acts on the scene and more exploding smoke bubbles than we could count, Ribfest 2012 came to an end with a scorching set by Heartless Bastards. Lincoln Avenue is open to traffic again, though drivers have Read the Rest... Read More »

Catching Up With Miles Nielsen, Who’s Got a Big Guitar Pick to Fill

Patty Wetli | Monday, Jun 11, 2012 | One comment
Catching Up With Miles Nielsen, Who’s Got a Big Guitar Pick to Fill Miles Nielsen, who performed at Ribfest Sunday night with his band the Rusted Hearts, knows his way around a melody. Not surprising given that his dad is Rick Nielsen, lead guitarist and primary songwriter for Cheap Trick. Those are some big footsteps to follow, which might explain while Miles is carving a different path, eschewing Read the Rest... Read More »

Ribfest: Judges, People’s Choice Split on Best Ribs

Patty Wetli | Monday, Jun 11, 2012 | One comment
Ribfest: Judges, People’s Choice Split on Best Ribs Rub BBQ Company (2407 W. Lunt St.) and Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln Ave.) both walked away from Ribfest 2012 with bragging rights: Rub earned “Best Ribs” from a panel of celebrity judges and Mrs. Murphy captured the People’s Choice award for the third year in a row. Simon Stein, president Read the Rest... Read More »

Ribfest for the Non-Rib Eater (and the People Who Love Them)

Patty Wetli | Sunday, Jun 10, 2012 | No comments
Ribfest for the Non-Rib Eater (and the People Who Love Them) What’s a vegetarian like me doing at Ribfest? Well, for starters, it’s my job to cover the event. But my husband is also a major carnivore and I vowed for better or pork. The challenge at Ribfest, like pretty much every other outlet that doesn’t cater specifically to vegetarians, is not so much finding meatless Read the Rest... Read More »

Sunny Saturday Brings Big Crowds To Ribfest

Mike Fourcher | Saturday, Jun 9, 2012 | No comments
Sunny Saturday Brings Big Crowds To Ribfest Temperatures in the upper 80′s, a slight breeze and clear blue skies made a perfect draw for today’s Ribfest, hosted by the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce. Crowds were large enough that by this afternoon, Northcenter Chamber leadership whispered the words “record attendance”, then immediately cautioned against a jinx. Last year’s Ribfest attracted over 55,000 people Read the Rest... Read More »

Ribfest: World Record Shattered at RibMania

Patty Wetli | Saturday, Jun 9, 2012 | 2 comments
Ribfest: World Record Shattered at RibMania The golden rule of any competitive eating contest: Don’t run out of food. Which is why the start of Friday night’s RibMania was delayed, the contest put on hold to call in reserve ribs from Corner 41. The precaution proved more than necessary, when, at the end of the eight-minute challenge, it was revealed that Read the Rest... Read More »

Ribfest Day One: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Ribs

Patty Wetli | Saturday, Jun 9, 2012 | No comments
Ribfest Day One: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Ribs Ribfest opened its three-day run in Northcenter with the kind of weather forecast outdoor event organizers dream of: sun + heat = a boost in beer sales. But on Friday night, the focus was squarely on the baby backs, thanks to RibMania, the third annual professional rib-eating contest sanctioned by Major League Eating. Corner 41, Read the Rest... Read More »

Ribfest: Amateur Eating Contest Decided by Half a Rib

Patty Wetli | Friday, Jun 8, 2012 | 2 comments
Ribfest: Amateur Eating Contest Decided by Half a Rib “This is not a rib nibbling contest. Eat the meat. Eat your ribs and eat them cleanly,” emcee Sam Barclay exhorted entrants in Ribfest’s Amateur Rib-Eating Contest held Thursday night at Black Rock Pub & Kitchen, 3614 N. Damen Ave. And what were the 10 contestants competing for? “There is no money on the line. Read the Rest... Read More »

Our Final Ribfest Winner!

Mike Fourcher | Friday, Jun 8, 2012 | No comments
Our Final Ribfest Winner! Today we round out our Ribfest drawings for $30 of free food and drink tickets and M. Angulo grabs the last brass ring! The 26 year-old from Blue Island has never been to Ribfest before, but is excited about, “Food!” Otherwise, she’s a mysterious soul, going so far as to provide a very blurry picture Read the Rest... Read More »

Our Second Ribfest Winner!

Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012 | No comments
Our Second Ribfest Winner! Ji Lee has lived in Lakeview for the past three years but has never been to Ribfest. This year is going to be her first. “It’s always something I’ve wanted to try,” she says. She didn’t say much about Ribfest’s music, and is pretty focused on the weekend’s food lineup. “I’ve always been a carnivore,” Read the Rest... Read More »

This Year’s First Ribfest Ticket Winner!

Mike Fourcher | Friday, Jun 1, 2012 | No comments
This Year’s First Ribfest Ticket Winner! Even though Charles Riffenburg has been living in Ravenswood for the past five years, this is the first year he’s getting over to Ribfest Chicago. He’ll be kicking off his maiden Ribfest in style though, since he’s just won $30 of free Ribfest food and drink tickets in our annual drawing. “I’m looking forward to Read the Rest... Read More »

Ribfest RibMania: Porky’s Revenge

Patty Wetli | Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | No comments
As champion Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti prepares to defend his crown at Ribfest’s annual competitive eating contest, RibMania, June 8, 6 p.m., his arch enemy is mounting a counterattack. And by enemy, we don’t mean Tim “Gravy” Brown. Check out the video below to discover who has it in for Bertoletti and anyone else planning Read the Rest... Read More »

Enter the Ribfest Amateur Rib-Eating Contest

Patty Wetli | Friday, May 25, 2012 | One comment
Enter the Ribfest Amateur Rib-Eating Contest Think you’ve got what it takes to go gut to gut with professional competitive eaters? Enter the Ribfest Amateur Rib-Eating Contest, set for Thursday, June 7, 6:30 p.m. at Black Rock Pub and Kitchen, 3614 N. Damen Ave. The winner advances to the big show, RibMania, on June 8. Last year’s champ, Maurice “El Oso” Read the Rest... Read More »

We’ve Got The Ribfest Food Vendor Details

Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | No comments
We’ve Got The Ribfest Food Vendor Details In that long, mouthwatering, stomach-stretching run-up to Ribfest Chicago, we’re preparing you with the deets on who’s going to be serving up the food. Last year’s menu┬áhad over 30 vendors, this year there’s 36, with more “non-rib” offerings to cleanse your palate for the next round. Check here for a complete list of food vendor Read the Rest... Read More »

Stoke up the Grill: Ribfest Announces Bands, Food Vendors

Patty Wetli | Thursday, May 17, 2012 | No comments
Stoke up the Grill: Ribfest Announces Bands, Food Vendors You can almost taste the barbecue, can’t you? With Ribfest, June 8 – 10, fast approaching, organizers have just released the entertainment lineup and list of food vendors that’ll be slinging everything from shortribs and pulled pork to funnel cakes and fried root beer floats. That’s right, we said fried. On Friday, June 8, check Read the Rest... Read More »
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Ribfest Chicago Schedule

    South Stage (4000 N. Lincoln Ave.)
  • 5:00 p.m. Sissy Mena
  • 7:00 p.m. The Wanton Looks
  • 9:00 p.m. J. Roddy Walston and The Business
  • North Stage (4165 N. Lincoln Ave.)
  • 6:00 p.m.Rib Eating Contest
  • 7:45 p.m. The Spinto Band
    South Stage (4000 N. Lincoln Ave.)
  • Noon Kerosene Stars
  • 2:45 p.m. The Van Goghs
  • 5:15 p.m. Pet Lions
  • 7:45 p.m. The Features
  • North Stage (4165 N. Lincoln Ave.)
  • 1:30 p.m. Old Shoe
  • 4:00 p.m. The Lawrence Peters Outfit
  • 6:30 p.m. Common Loon
  • 9:00 p.m. Megafaun
    South Stage (4000 N. Lincoln Ave.)
  • 1:30 Village
  • 4:00 p.m. Stolen Silver
  • 6:30 p.m. Gold Motel
  • 9:00 p.m. Heartless Bastards
  • North Stage (4165 N. Lincoln Ave.)
  • Noon Band Called Catch
  • 2:45 p.m. Sarah & The Tall Boys
  • 5:15 p.m. Precious Blood
  • 7:45 p.m. Miles Nielson and the Rusted Hearts