What combines 60,000 people and 50,000 pounds of pork? The appetizing answer is Chicago’s own Rib Fest. Now in its 18th year, RibFest Chicago has been dubbed Chicago’s ‘Best Food Fest’ and one of the most popular summer festivals the city has to offer. From its humble beginnings in a north side parking lot, RibFest Chicago has become a favorite of foodies, local residents, and even the nationally televised Food Network.

RibFest Chicago promises a memorable weekend of lively music, family fun, satisfied appetites and unforgettable barbecue. What began with 5 Chicagoland restaurants now includes 30 rib and non-rib eateries participating in the popular street fest. And rivaling the nationally touted food experience is the festival’s premier music attractions. Two stages will include 19 top bands and performers featuring some of Chicago and America’s favorite music acts.

Be sure to bring the kids too. RibFest Chicago offers fun activities for children of all ages including its very own ‘Kids Square’ where kids can slide, climb, jump, ride, dance and enjoy live entertainment all weekend long. This is one family-friendly event where every member of the family will surely have a wonderful and memorable time.

If you like some healthy competition with your ribs, you’ve come to the right place. RibFest Chicago 2016 will include ‘Rib Mania’ – the only sanctioned rib-eating contest in the Midwest. And that’s not the only contest. BBQ pit masters will also be competing for the coveted title of ‘best ribs’.

RibFest Chicago, while a national treasure, hasn’t outgrown its local roots. That’s evident in the fact that proceeds from the event will go toward a host of local charities and community programs. Last year’s fest benefited worthy Chicago organizations like the Lakeview Pantry, Lane Tech High School’s girls soccer and Lacrosse teams, Chicago Boys Club and Girls Club, and 15 local schools and non-profits.