Ribfest Chicago
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The 14th annual North Center bash features live music and about 50,000 pounds of ribs and barbecue from more than 20 vendors. On Friday night, a dozen professional eaters compete in the third annual rib-eating contest, RibMania. A family area (open noon-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday) features live entertainment for kids, plus inflatables and games. The fest closes at 10 p.m. nightly.

Friday

South stage
5 p.m.: Sissy Mena
7 p.m.: The Wanton Looks
9 p.m.: J. Roddy Walston and the Business

North stage 6 p.m.: Rib-eating contest
7:45 p.m.: The Spinto Band

Saturday

South stage
Noon: Kerosene Stars
2:45 p.m.: The Van Goghs
5:15 p.m.: Pet Lions
7:45 p.m.: The Features

North stage 1:30 p.m.: Old Shoe
4 p.m.: The Lawrence Peters Outfit
6:30 p.m.: Common Loon
9 p.m.: Megafun

Sunday

South stage
1:30 p.m.: Village
4 p.m.: Stolen Silver
6:30 p.m.: Gold Motel
9 p.m.: Heartless Bastards

North stage Noon: Band Called Catch
2:45 p.m.: Sarah & the Tall Boys
5:15 p.m.: Precious Blood
7:45 p.m.: Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts

Proceeds benefit the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce.