Windy City Smokeout, Chicago’s annual festival of smoked meat, beer and country music, has announced its lineup for 2017.
The festival, which will run July 14-16, is located in a massive parking lot off of Grand Avenue near the Chicago River.
On hand to feed the expected 45,000 guests? A few acclaimed local barbecue joints, including Lillie’s Q, Smoque and Bub City, have signed up. But the real draw is the barbecue you can’t normally get here: A collection of respected restaurants from all over the country will have booths selling ribs, pulled pork and much more.
That includes 17th Street BBQ from Murphysboro, Ill., The Salt Lick BBQ from Driftwood, Texas, and Skylight Inn from Nashville, Tenn. New to the festival are Fox Bros Bar-B-Q from Atlanta, Ga. and Little Miss BBQ from Phoenix, Ariz.
Events scattered throughout the weekend include an all-night class from Myron Mixon Cooking School, where you can “learn how to become a true pitmaster” for $400. You can also attend a pork, whiskey and Champagne brunch for $60. Check out the full list of special events here.
A three-day general admission pass is $110; a single-day general admission pass is $40 for Friday or Saturday, and $45 for Sunday. Or you could spring for VIP tickets, which offer a host of creature comforts like an “on-site concierge” and full access to the best shade. A three-day VIP pass goes for $500, while a single-day VIP pass costs $175.
Below is the full list of barbecue restaurants attending Windy City Smokeout:
17th Street BBQ from Murphysboro, Ill.
Bub City from Chicago, Ill.
Fox Bros Bar-B-Q from Atlanta, Ga.
Hogapalooza from Wynne, Ariz.
Lillie’s Q from Chicago, Ill.
Little Miss BBQ from Phoenix, Ariz.
Martin’s BBQ from Nashville, Tenn.
Pappy’s Smokehouse from St. Louis, Mo.
Peg Leg Porker from Nashville, Tenn.
The Salt Lick BBQ from Driftwood, Texas
Skylight Inn from Ayden, N.C.
Smoque from Chicago, Ill.
Ubon’s from Yazoo City, Miss.
Windy City Smokeout, July 14-16, www.windycitysmokeout.com