The Windy City Smokeout Brings the Best in BBQ to Chicago

Chicago's newest barbecue festival offers great music and the country's best pitmasters from July 12th to 14th

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The Fourth of July is behind us (and may our livers rest in peace), but summer is just getting underway. The best way to make the most of the season involves festivals, good music, and good food, and you can have it all at the inaugural Windy City Smokeout this coming weekend.

Hosted by Lettuce Entertain You’s Bub City, the Windy City Smokeout adds a new perspective to the barbeque festivities in Chicago. It celebrates the best pitmasters in the city, including the crews from Smoque and Lillie’s Q, as well as Bub City’s own Chef Doug Psaltis. Worthy out-of towners add a little spice to the mouth-watering line-up: Salt Lick, serving up their legendary Texas barbeque, and Myron Mixon, the three-time BBQ World Champion. He'll be roasting up a whole hog for the crowds on Saturday and Sunday.

Adding to the celebration of Southern style, the Windy City Smokeout will deliver performances from some of the best acts in country music. Look forward to a good time led by Jerrod Niemann, David Nail, Pat Green, and many more. R.J. and Jerrod Melman of Lettuce Entertain You are excited to bring Chicago a festival combining local favorites with the best the country has to offer. Citing childhood memories of messy ribs with their grandfather and a passion for down-home country tunes as their inspiration, the restaurateurs hope to present an event that showcases a genuine barbeque experience.

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Tickets are available through the Windy City Smokeout website. $30 gets you a day pass, and $60 will cover you all weekend.