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Northcenter Chamber Hands Out Donation Checks From Ribfest Proceeds

By Mike Fourcher

About thirty members of the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce gathered for lunch yesterday at the restaurant Southport & Irving to discuss local business and donate over $15,000 to neighborhood charities. Each organization earned their contribution by supplying volunteers to the Chamber’s annual Ribfest last summer. The street festival, operated by the Chamber, requires over 500 Read the Rest…

Heartless Bastards Close Out Ribfest 2012

By Patty Wetli & Sarah Tilotta

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…

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

By Patty Wetli

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…

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

By Patty Wetli

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…

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

By Patty Wetli

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…

Sunny Saturday Brings Big Crowds To Ribfest

By Mike Fourcher

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…

Ribfest: World Record Shattered at RibMania

By Patty Wetli

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…

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

By Patty Wetli

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…

Ribfest: Amateur Eating Contest Decided by Half a Rib

By Patty Wetli

“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…

Our Final Ribfest Winner!

By Mike Fourcher

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…

Our Second Ribfest Winner!

By Mike Fourcher

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…

Ribfest Music Lineup: Catch Up-and-Coming Chicago Bands

By Patty Wetli

To some folks, Ribfest, June 8 -10, is a three-day pig out (literally). Others know that the event provides the perfect venue to catch up-and-coming bands from Chicago’s indie music scene. This year’s lineup draws heavily from the revived interest in alt-folk music sparked by acts such as Fleet Foxes, Mumford & Sons and The Read the Rest…

Stoke up the Grill: Ribfest Announces Bands, Food Vendors

By Patty Wetli

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…

Pawar Updates Chamber on Schools, Graffiti and Fisheries

By Patty Wetli

Coming up on a year since he took office, “there’s been a lot of progress and more work needs to be done,” Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) told members of the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce at their monthly luncheon, held March 22, at Coonley Elementary, 4046 N. Leavitt St. During his wide-ranging comments and the Q&A Read the Rest…

Ribfest Chicago 2012 Dates Announced

By Patty Wetli

Fifty thousand fans. Fifty thousand pounds of BBQ. Twenty-five hours of fun and music. Ribfest Chicago is returning in 2012 with more smokin’ music and barbecue than ever before. The Committee is cooking up some new twists for Chicago’s favorite festival, which will take place: Friday, June 8, 5 – 10 p.m. Saturday, June 9, Read the Rest…

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