Windy City Ribfest Vs. Windy City Smokeout. Who Wins?

Windy City Ribfest & Windy City Smokeout. Two very similar names and events in the same month. Both have BBQ. Both have musical acts. Both have beer. And most importantly, both have a place in our soon to be partially clogged hearts from stuffing our gullets at these fests. So which is better? We broke it down by category to let you decide.

Food

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Smokeout – All styles and variations of BBQ. You’re sure to find wings, pulled pork, and ribs too.

Ribfest – Just ribs here, but with the focus being on them, we’ll have to assume that they’re probably going to take the cake.

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Music

Smokeout –Mostly country music here. Kacey Musgraves is awesome, and she’s probably the top headlining act. You’ll also find Lee Brice, Pat Green, and Chris Young

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Ribfest – The entertainment is all from Chicagoland, headlined by Lucky Boys Confusion, Trippin Billies, and Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press

Price

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Smokeout – Between $40 to $145 per day

Ribfest – $5 donation at the gate

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Date

Smokeout – July 10th-12th

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Ribfest – July 3rd-5th

Location

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Smokeout – Grand & the Chicago River

Ribfest – Lawrence & Broadway

 

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