At the Windy City Smokeout, You’d Barely Recognize River North

The urban neighborhood got a little bit country for the 3-day festival of meat, smoke, music, and Coors Light.

Live country music and down-home barbecue within spitting distance of the Trump? Yeah, that happened. This weekend, River North went country for the first-annual Windy City Smokeout.

The three-day fest featured freshly smoked and just-grilled ’cue from local favorites Lillie’s Q, Bub City, and Smoque, along with Lone Star institution The Salt Lick and BBQ legend Myron Mixon.

Noticeably absent from the fest: craft beer. Although Friday’s crowd was dressed for the city (with the exception of a few fashionable cowboy hats), no one seemed shy about cracking open a Coors Light while taking in the sounds of country crooner Jerrod Niemann.

Photo gallery



Submit your comment

Comments are moderated. We review them in an effort to remove foul language, commercial messages, abuse, and irrelevancies.