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Windy City Smokeout 2024 in Chicago

Starting as a local barbecue get-together, the Smokeout has become one of the best festivals in town!

Dates: July 11-14, 2024

The Windy City Smokeout is not only about meat, it also features lots of country music with some stars coming every year! The festival, first designed as a local bbq party, has now turned into a spectacularly popular event, where lots of professionals from around the country flock to.

Twenty of the world's best pitmasters make delicious smoky eats in the large parking lot near Grand Avenue and the Chicago River. The list of joints participating in the festival includes Lillie's Q, Smoque BBQ and Bub City, which is hosting this event. Some joints come to participate in the festival from other cities, like 17th Street Barbecue from Murphysboro, Ill, Hometown Bar-B-Que from Brooklyn, N.Y., LeRoy & Lewis BBQ from Austin, Texas, and Home Team BBQ from Charleston, S.C.

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