We’re Back! Same parking lot, same party! We are thrilled to announce that Windy City Smokeout will be back and better than ever this summer. The nation’s premier outdoor country music, barbecue, and beer festival will be safely returning to outside of the United Center in Chicago from July 8 – 11, 2021!

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ACM award-winning promoter and Windy City Smokeout co-founder, Ed Warm, handpicked the weekend’s lineup and we can’t wait to share.

Without further adieu, introducing the Windy City Smokeout 2021 headliners:


THURSDAY, JULY 8: CMA award winning Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge

FRIDAY, JULY 9: GRAMMY-award winning Darius Rucker

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SATURDAY, JULY 10: 14-time GRAMMY-nominated and iHeartRadio Country “Song of the Year” winner, Dierks Bentley

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SUNDAY, JULY 11: CMA New Artist of the Year Award recipient, Jon Pardi

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Be sure to come hungry, because in addition to the star-studded music line-up, more than 15 of America’s best pitmasters are returning to sling out delicious BBQ, along with our favorite craft beer vendors.

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We understand that health and safety are paramount this year, and feel fortunate that we’re able to return this summer. In addition to appointing a Safety, Health and Security team to implement a comprehensive safety plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (that will work in coordination with public health officials to implement event safety guidelines), we’ve partnered with Health Pass by CLEAR. More information on the event’s safety plan can be found on the website at www.windycitysmokeout.com.