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The outdoor country music and BBQ festival will return to Chicago on July 10-12, 2020, outside of the United Center at 1901 W. Madison Street. Hosted by barbecue joint, Bub City and Joe’s Bar, Windy City Smokeout will feature live performances from country music’s biggest names and up-and- coming talent plus BBQ and craft beer from around the nation. The five-time Academy of Country Music Awards Festival of the Year nominee is expected to draw over 50,000 guests to the United Center's parking lot along Madison Street for the weekend-long event.

The 2020 headliners include GRAMMY-award winning Darius Rucker, 14-time GRAMMY- nominated and iHeartRadio Country Song of the Year winner Dierks Bentley and CMA New Artist of the Year Award recipient, Jon Pardi. The current (and ever-expanding) list of country music acts are:

● Darius Rucker
● Morgan Evans
● Ryan Hurd
● Lainey Wilson
● Tyler Booth

● Dierks Bentley
● Riley Green
● Cody Canada & The Departed ● Ross Ellis
● Angie K
● Walker County

● Jon Pardi
● Cody Johnson
● Randy Rogers Band

● Hailey Whitters

The BBQ lineup features pitmasters who will be smoking and grilling classic ‘cue, regional specialties and new-school dishes. The 2020 talent includes many returning favorites like 17th Street BBQ, Peg Leg Porker and Sam Jones BBQ, plus new additions like Slab Barbecue from Los Angeles and Kansas City’s Meat Mitch. The full 2020 BBQ lineup includes:
• 17th Street Barbecue – Murphysboro, IL with Pitmasters Amy and Mike Mills
• Against the Grain – Louisville, KY with Pitmaster Andrew Ott
• Blue Oak BBQ – New Orleans, LA with Pitmasters Ronnie Evans and Philip Moseley
• Bub City B – Chicago, IL with Pitmaster Christian Eckmann
• Buxton Hall Barbecue – Asheville, NC with Pitmaster Elliott Moss
• Feges BBQ – Houston, TX with  Pitmasters Patrick Feges and Erin Smith
• Hogapalooza – Wayne, AR
with Pitmaster Kelly Dallas
• Home Team BBQ – Charleston, SC with Pitmaster Aaron Siegel
• Hoodoo Brown BBQ – Ridgefield, CT with Pitmaster Chris Sexton
• Leroy & Lewis – Austin, TX  with Pitmaster Sawyer Lewis  

• Lillie’s Q – Chicago, IL
with Pitmaster Charlie McKenna
• Little Miss BBQ – Phoenix, AZ
with Pitmaster Scott Holmes
• Meat Mitch – Kansas City, MO
with Pitmaster Mitch Benjamin
• Pappy’s Smokehouse – St. Louis, MO with Pitmaster Brian Skoggins
• Pearl’s Southern Comfort – Chicago, IL with Pitmaster Danny Beck
• Peg Leg Porker – Nashville, TN with Pitmaster Carey Bringle
• Sam Jones BBQ – Winterville, NC with Pitmaster Sam Jones
• Slab Barbecue – Los Angeles, CA with Pitmaster Burt Bakman
• Smoque BBQ – Chicago, IL
with Pitmaster Barry Sorkin
• Truth BBQ – Brenham, TX
with Pitmaster Leonard Botello IV
• The Salt Lick – Driftwood, TX
with Pitmasters Scott Roberts and Shane Griffith
• Ubons – Yazoo City, MS
with Pitmaster Leslie Roark Stark

"We’re thrilled to bring Windy City Smokeout back for its eighth year with our most impressive music lineup yet,” said Ed Warm. “We’re proud to showcase some of the best in country music with standout star headliners Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley and Jon Pardi plus some of the most buzzed about rising talent out there including Hailey Whitters and Riley Green. The music lineup paired with the incredible barbecue and finest craft beer from around the country will make this year’s festival the can’t-miss event of the summer."

Guests can round out the experience with a selection of curated events including the Biggest Happy Hour of the Summer to kick-off the festival on Friday, a BBQ Brunch on Sunday, plus cocktail classes and whiskey tastings taking place throughout the weekend. The ticketed events do not include admission to the festival; a single day or three- day pass is required for entry.

This year, Windy City Smokeout will offer a variety of perks including expanded festival grounds along Madison street to allow for lounge areas and larger VIP sections plus even more BBQ teams and craft beer offerings. T

Festival passes are now on sale and currently priced as follows:
• GA Day pass for Friday, 7/10: $49
• GA Day pass for Saturday, 7/11: $49
• GA Day pass for Sunday, 7/12: $35
• VIP Day pass for Friday, 7/10: $200
• VIP Day pass for Saturday, 7/11: $250
• VIP Day pass for Sunday, 7/12: $150
• GA Three-Day Pass: $125
• VIP Three-Day Pass: $500

*General Admission festival passes do not include food or beverage.

**VIP festival passes include access to an elevated area next to the stage, express entrance into the festival, use of on-site concierge service and complimentary charging stations, exclusive VIP restrooms, and re-entry to the festival grounds.

The hours for Windy City Smokeout are Friday, July 10: 2pm-11pm; Saturday, July 11: noon-11pm; Sunday, July 12: noon-10pm. 


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