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The (Pretty) Complete List of Center Square Summer Festivals

By Mike Fourcher

Welcome to a new Chicago summer! That means lots of festivals and plenty of reasons to be outside. Contrary to what many may think, Lakeview is not where the most festivals are held. Nope, it’s Center Square where the action’s at. Here we provide, for your planning convenience, our annual guide to the festivals and what to expect.

As Street Fests Multiply, Organizers Ask: “Are There Too Many?”

By Paul Wilson

When Rock Around the Block struggled in its rebirth in West Lakeview last June, one of its organizers acknowledged a reality of the current climate for Chicago street fests. “These aren’t cash cows anymore,” John Barry, Star Events chief executive, told a group of concerned business owners shortly after the festival. It was a quick Read the Rest…

Northcenter Summerfest Future In Jeopardy

By Paul Wilson

Area residents could well see significant changes to North Side Summerfest in 2013–if the event returns at all, its organizers said this week. The shape and fate of the festival, which took place Aug. 17-19 last summer on Lincoln Avenue in NorthCenter, will be decided sometime early next year, said Garrett FitzGerald, executive director of Read the Rest…

This Year’s First Ribfest Ticket Winner!

By Mike Fourcher

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…

Ribfest RibMania: Porky’s Revenge

By Patty Wetli

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…

Enter the Ribfest Amateur Rib-Eating Contest

By Patty Wetli

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…

The Risks And Rewards of Street Festivals for Neighborhood Organizations

By Jordan Graham

This coming weekend the intersection of Belmont and Damen Avenues will be packed with Chicagoans seeking a juicy burger, live music and a day outdoors, as the Roscoe Village Burger Fest takes over the street junction and surrounding neighborhood. But what exists as a day of leisure for most can be a nerve-racking, painstaking endeavor Read the Rest…

Our First Ribfest Ticket Winner

By Mike Fourcher

Lincoln Square Realtor Mark Jak is our first Ribfest ticket winner! Since he entered our drawing, he gets $30 of free food and drink tickets for next week’s Chicago Ribfest. There’s still two more drawings for tickets left. Want your chance to win? Visit our Ribfest page and enter your email in form on upper Read the Rest…

Ribfest Chicago Releases Restaurant List and Commercial

By Mike Fourcher

In case you didn’t know, Northcenter’s Ribfest is a judged contest, with both professional and amateur categories, and the competition for winning the professional category can get pretty heated. With dozens of restaurants participating in the contest this year, we’re all going to have to do a lot of sampling. Last Friday Ribfest’s organizers, the Read the Rest…

Ribfest To Be Extended An Extra Block

By Mike Fourcher

This year’s Ribfest Chicago will be extended an additional block down Lincoln Avenue to Berteau this year, according to organizers Northcenter Chamber of Commerce. Ribfest Chicago, Northcenter’s biggest street festival, runs from Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12 this year. Previous festivals were limited to the space between Irving Park Rd. and Warner Ave. Read the Rest…

Northcenter Chamber Plans For 2011

By Mike Fourcher

The Northcenter Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual meeting next Tuesday, and they plan to announce a full slate of events for next year. The Chamber plans for 11 monthly business luncheons on the fourth Thursday of every month except December, Ribfest Chicago and much more. The Chamber’s annual meeting is coming up on Read the Rest…

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