United Center parking lot

Country music, barbecue, and craft beer — it’s hard to think of a better way to spend a summer weekend in Chicago. Windy City Smokeout combines all those things into one legendary Chicago weekend. The outdoor fest takes place in the shadow of the iconic United Center, with an impressive musical lineup featuring country superstars and up-and-coming talent.

Country music lineup

The 2022 festival lineup included some of the biggest names in the industry, including: Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, Willie Nelson, and more. Check back for the 2023 schedule.

Beer and barbecue

Along with today’s hottest country acts, the lineup also includes some of the world’s best pitmasters. Barbecue pros from all over the country will be serving up ribs, brisket, smoked meats and more, highlighting styles from Kentucky, Nashville, Missouri, and Chicago. Local barbecue vendors include Bub City, Lillie’s Q, and Pearl’s Southern Comfort.

Pair your choice of meat and sides with a cold glass of beer from top American breweries, including Chicago’s own Goose Island. And before you go, get to know some of the brewers and pitmasters coming to Windy City Smokeout from Chicago and all over the country. And don’t miss the fan-favorite bottomlessBBQ brunch with mimosas, bloody marys, and endless pitmaster buffet.

Health & safety measures

The festival is working in coordination with the city and local/CDC guidance to ensure the health and safety of all guests. This policy is subject to change as national and local public health and safety protocols evolve. Check out windycitysmokeout.com for details and ticket information.