Windy City Smokeout

July 13-15, 2018

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Welcome to the 2018 Windy City Smokeout Blog! Check us out here for the latest updates, artist interviews, BBQ recipes and more leading up to the festival, plus daily Smokeout play-by-plays all throughout the weekend July 13 – 15!
Smokeout’s Special Sauce: 2018’s Ticketed Events

Smokeout’s Special Sauce: 2018’s Ticketed Events

Posted on June 25, 2018

‘The Biggest Happy Hour of the Summer’ sure has a nice ring to it. Mixology classes, a traditional crawfish boil, and a BBQ-style brunch all sound ideal, too! In fact, Smokeout is offering a bunch […]

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Register Your Wristband for Smokeout Cashless!

Register Your Wristband for Smokeout Cashless!

Posted on June 18, 2018

It’s officially summertime and the livin’ is going to be easy at the Smokeout, where BBQ, cold beer and festival merchandise will be available for purchase with the tap of your wristband. How? First, complete your […]

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Five ‘Cue Friday: Jamie Lin Wilson

Five ‘Cue Friday: Jamie Lin Wilson

Posted on June 15, 2018

For our third edition of Five ‘Cue Friday, we’re spotlighting Jamie Lin Wilson, the folk-inspired singer-songwriter with a poetic point of view hailing from Texas. After gracing the stage alongside big-name acts including John Ross […]

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Five ‘Cue Friday: Drake White

Five ‘Cue Friday: Drake White

Posted on June 22, 2018

Drake White is a special breed of renaissance man. The same boy who grew up singing on church stages in Northeastern Alabama now makes country tunes inspired by a lifelong love of Bob Marley. The […]

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The Ultimate Father’s Day Gift: Learn From The Legends – A BBQ Master Class

The Ultimate Father’s Day Gift: Learn From The Legends – A BBQ Master Class

Posted on June 14, 2018

There are self-proclaimed backyard grilling “masters” and then there are internationally-recognized, award-winning pitmasters of BBQ. Your father might not be the latter, and that’s okay – he can learn everything there is to know from […]

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Looking Back: Five Great Moments Over Five Great Years

Looking Back: Five Great Moments Over Five Great Years

Posted on June 13, 2018

Windy City Smokeout has been a Chicago summer staple for five years already. As we gear up for the fest’s sixth year, let’s hear some awesome memories from our Lettuce partners who have been there […]

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Introducing Five Festival Newcomers to the 2018 BBQ Lineup

Introducing Five Festival Newcomers to the 2018 BBQ Lineup

Posted on June 11, 2018

Windy City Smokeout’s 2018 BBQ lineup features the world’s best Old School and Generation Next pitmasters who will be smoking and grilling both regional specialties and new-school flavors that go beyond the boundaries of traditional […]

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Five ‘Cue Friday: Caylee Hammack

Five ‘Cue Friday: Caylee Hammack

Posted on June 8, 2018

Caylee Hammack isn’t exactly a new kid on the block. While she’s a relatively recent (October 2016) Universal Music signee, she has been around the country music scene since the age of 13, most recently […]

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Interview: Ed Warm, The Man Behind The Smokeout Music Lineup

Interview: Ed Warm, The Man Behind The Smokeout Music Lineup

Posted on June 4, 2018

Entering its sixth year, Windy City Smokeout (July 13-15) has become synonymous with burgeoning country music talent, counting Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, and Maren Morris as past performers. The BBQ and beer are phenomenal enough, […]

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Five ‘Cue Friday: Ashley McBryde

Five ‘Cue Friday: Ashley McBryde

Posted on June 1, 2018

Introducing Five ‘Cue Friday, a series spotlighting our upcoming Smokeout talent where they spill a little bit about themselves, their favorite ‘cue, summer jams and who they’re most excited to see this Smokeout! Easing you […]

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Here’s How Bub City Celebrates the Best of American BBQ

Here’s How Bub City Celebrates the Best of American BBQ

Posted on May 30, 2018

Let’s stop for a moment and really think about… BBQ. Burning embers, fragrant smoke, saucey hands. Then there’s the meat. Do you envision fatty slices of smoked Texas beef brisket? Fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs popular […]

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Windy City Smokeout Presents the Country Music Stars of Tomorrow

Windy City Smokeout Presents the Country Music Stars of Tomorrow

Posted on May 25, 2018

Windy City Smokeout is returning to Chicago on July 13-15! Known for showcasing country music’s burgeoning artists, including the likes of Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves and Maren Morris, the country music and BBQ fest is back […]

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New to Windy City Smokeout: BBQ Legends Master Class & Dinner

New to Windy City Smokeout: BBQ Legends Master Class & Dinner

Posted on May 23, 2018

Announcing Meet the Legends – an all-day BBQ extravaganza with the true masters of ‘cue – new to this year’s Windy City Smokeout! Experience the festival like never before with the ultimate “Meat-and-Greet” on Saturday, July 14 […]

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new additions to the windy city smokeout 2018 lineup are here!

new additions to the windy city smokeout 2018 lineup are here!

Posted on May 21, 2018

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 […]

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