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Slap on a white tee and embrace the messiness! Chicago’s most anticipated street festival, Ribfest is almost here!

You know at Thanksgiving when you want to boycott food the day before so you can eat your brains out once the festivities begin? I’m thinking Ribfest might be of Thanksgiving Day caliber- 50,000 people are expected to attend the event and there will be 50,000 pounds of pork…you do the math.

Now in its 14th year, Ribfest has transformed from a community block party to an over-the-top Chicago staple. As featured in local and national media, Ribfest is a three day festival devoted to slippery, sticky and delicious ribs. All Chicagoland restaurant BBQ masters are invited to compete for the title of “Best Ribs” and “People’s Choice.”

Ribfest is also a nationally recognized Indie music festival hosting two stages that feature 20 local and national acts including Heartless Bastards, J. Roddy Walston and the Business and Megafaun !

RibMania will also return hosting the Midwest’s only professional rib-eating contest!!! Actually, now that I think about it, I might come to regret the enthusiasm I used in the last sentence once I watch these contestants in action, but hey, it should be a sight to see!

There is a $5 donation requested and proceeds from the festival are used for community activities including greening efforts and local outreach programs including the Northcenter Chamber’s Philanthropy Committee.

So head over to Northcenter Chamber of Commerce on Lincoln Avenue and BRING ON THE FOOD COMA!

By: Lauren Neuschel

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