Announcing three new acts to the Windy City Smokeout music lineup! Midland returns, performing on Friday (7/13), plus newcomers Riley Green on Saturday (7/14) and Kane Brown on Sunday (7/15).

Windy City Smokeout, the nation’s premier BBQ and country music festival hosted by Chicago’s own Bub City and ACM award-winning Joe’s Live, returns July 13-15 for the sixth consecutive year! Check out what BBQ and country music we have in store for 2018, and purchase tickets online here!


Windy City Smokeout features the world’s best pitmasters who will be smoking and grilling both regional specialties and new-school flavors that go beyond the boundaries of traditional ‘cue.

burgers, ribs and pulled pork

Meet the Newcomers

Returning ‘Cue

To keep pace with the all the BBQ, Windy City Smokeout rounds out food and drink options with eats like  Nashville hot chicken from The Budlong, Bub City’s Double Barrel Burger and famous bourbon bar, smoked and grilled sausages from LA’s up-and-coming BBQ joint Barrel & Ashes, plus a celebration of french fries with Sir Kensington. Also on the lineup: Chicago’s introduction to Interior Tex-Mex by way of Austin-born chef Gabe Thompson’s Hondo Taqueria. Got a sweet tooth? Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits, seasonal soft-serve ice cream and tiki cocktails from Three Dots and a Dash are just a few of the festival’s dessert and cocktail choices. Plus Sprinkles Cupcakes will be doing special collaborations, offering their spin on adult-spiked and Smokeout-inspired cupcakes!

The Jams

man singing into a mic wearing a purple button down

This year’s music lineup brings a notable group of award-winning artists and rising stars, handpicked by Windy City Smokeout co-founder and ACM award-winning promoter, Ed Warm. Headliners include CMA “New Artist of the Year” nominee, Brett Young, ACM-nominated Brett Eldredge and GRAMMY-nominated Brothers Osborne. 

Friday | 2-10 PM

  • *New Addition* Midland
  • Brett Young
  • Drake White and the Big Fire
  • Cody Johnson
  • Ryan Kinde

Saturday | Noon-10 PM

  • *New Addition* Riley Green
  • Brett Eldredge
  • Aaron Lewis
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Alex Williams
  • Jacob Powell

Sunday | Noon-10 PM

  • *New Addition* Kane Brown
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Turnpike Troubadours
  • Walker Hayes
  • Renee Blair
  • Jamie Lin Wilson

More artists, events and announcements to come. Get your festival passes now