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Windy City Smokeout, an outdoor country music and BBQ festival will return to Chicago on July 8-11, 2021, outside 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 artists and up-and-coming talent plus BBQ and craft beer from around the country. The festival is adding a fourth day this year, offering festival goers an extra day to celebrate the return of live music and food.

“Windy City Smokeout has long been one of our city’s most iconic summer festivals
and we are thrilled that it will be the first to return in the roster of summer events
as part of our larger Open Chicago initiative,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “we have
worked closely with teams like the one at Windy City Smokeout to ensure these
types of events are able to happen safely and are proud to continue to place arts and
entertainment at the center of our city’s recovery efforts.”

Windy City Smokeout co-founder, Ed Warm, handpicked the weekend’s lineup. The 2021 headliners include CMA award winning Brett Eldredge, 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 additional list of country music acts by day include:

Thursday (7/8)   

- Walker County   

- Larry Fleet  

- Brett Eldredge 

Friday (7/9)

- Tyler Booth

- Lainey Wilson

- Ryan Hurd 

- Morgan Evans

- Darius Rucker

Saturday (7/10)

- Angie K

- Ross Ellis

- Cody Canada & The Departed

 - Riley Green

- Dierks Bentley

Sunday (7/11)

- Jillian Jacqueline

 - Kolby Cooper

- Hailey Whitters

- Randy Rogers Band

 - Cody Johnson

 - Jon Pardi

The BBQ line up features pitmasters offering a mix of new school and old school ‘cue dishes throughout the festival weekend. The full 2021 BBQ line-up includes:

- 17th Street BBQ – Murphysboro, IL

- Blue Oak BBQ – New Orleans, LA

- Bub City – Chicago, IL

- Hogapalooza – Wynne, AR

- Hoodoo Brown BBQ – Ridgefield, CT

- Leroy and Lewis BBQ – Austin, TX

- Lillie’s Q – Chicago, IL

- Little Miss BBQ – Phoenix, AZ

- Pappy’s Smokehouse– St. Louis, MO

- Pearl’s Southern Comfort– Chicago, IL

- Peg Leg Porker BBQ– Nashville, TN

- Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ – Charleston, SC

- The Salt Lick BBQ– Driftwood, TX

- Sam Jones BBQ – Ayden, NC

- Sugarfire Smoke House, St. Louis, MO

- Truth BBQ – Houston, TX

- Ubon’s BBQ – Yazoo City, MS

Windy City Smokeout has appointed a Safety, Health and Security team to implement a comprehensive safety plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that will work in coordination with public health officials to implement event safety guidelines. Throughout the 18-acres of the festival, all public areas will be thoroughly sanitized during the event, hand washing and sanitation stations will be available every 100 feet and contactless payment will be used at all points of service. As part of Windy City Smokeout’s commitment to health and safety, the festival will be utilizing Health Pass by CLEAR. Health Pass is a free, mobile experience by CLEAR that securely connects a user’s verified identity to multiple layers of COVID-19-related health information to help reduce public health risk. All guests will use CLEAR’s Health Pass to complete COVID-19 screening requirements before entering. Through the CLEAR mobile app and Health Pass, vaccinated individuals will be able to securely link to their vaccination results and non-vaccinated individuals will be able to link to their negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours, and all festival participants must complete a daily symptom survey. Masks will be required upon entry. More information on the event’s safety plan can be found on the website at

“We feel very fortunate to be able to throw a festival this summer and can’t wait to
welcome back our guests with some of the best artists in country music,” said Ed
Warm. “The music paired with famous BBQ, craft beer and summer in Chicago will
make for a terrific return to outdoor events, and we’re looking forward to
celebrating with everyone.”

In its eighth year, Windy City Smokeout will offer a variety of perks and increased safety measures including expanded festival grounds along Madison Street and Damen Avenue to allow for spacious lounge areas, larger VIP sections with private cabana options for groups of 10 guests, and more food options and craft beer offerings than ever before. The festival team is dedicated to providing an
exceptional guest experience with expedited will call ticket pick-up, United Center supported security, interior bathroom facilities and easy access for ride shares and festival pick up.

Guests can round out the experience with a selection of curated events including the
Best Outdoor Happy Hour of the Summer. New this year, the festival will have two
happy hours, one on Thursday presented by Choose Chicago and one Friday
presented by Basic Hard Seltzer, as well as an epic 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 four-day
pass is required for entry.

Festival passes are now on sale and currently priced as follows:

- GA Day Pass for Thursday, July 8: $35
- GA Day Pass for Friday, July 9: $40
- GA Day Pass for Saturday, July 10: $49
- GA Day Pass for Sunday, July 11: $35
- VIP Day Pass for Thursday, July 8: $150
- VIP Day Pass for Friday, July 9: $200
- VIP Day Pass for Saturday, July 10: $250
- VIP Day Pass for Sunday, July 11: $150
- GA Four-Day Pass: $125
- VIP Four-Day Pass: $625

*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 Thursday, July 8: 4PM-10pm; Friday, July 9:
2pm-11pm; Saturday, July 10: noon-11pm; Sunday, July 11: noon-10pm.


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