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Welcome to the 2019 Windy City Smokeout Blog! Check us out here for the latest updates, artist interviews, BBQ recipes and more leading up to the festival, plus daily Smokeout play-by-plays all throughout the weekend July 12-14!
Start the Countdown Clock

Start the Countdown Clock

Posted on July 15, 2019

A huge “thank you” to Cole Swindell for bringing down the house tonight – and to all of you who helped make this year’s Smokeout a success. We’re already counting down the days ’til the […]

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Pie Five

Pie Five

Posted on July 14, 2019

We’re grateful to have Chicago’s beloved pie shop, Bang Bang Pie, at this year’s Smokeout. Stop by for a slice of their mouth-watering Key Lime Pie or Cherry Berry Cobbler.

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Ashley McBride is Going Somewhere

Ashley McBride is Going Somewhere

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One of the most kickass women in country music, Ashley McBride is joining us on the Main Stage in mere moments. Don’t miss it!

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Pitmaster Spotlight: Ubons BBQ

Pitmaster Spotlight: Ubons BBQ

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Ubons is proud to bring their front porch to Chicago and the Windy City Smokeout. With Leslie Roark Scott at the helm, this Mississippi-based team is serving up smoked chicken, pulled pork sammies and their […]

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Beware of Sharks

Beware of Sharks

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Three Dots and A Dash, Chicago’s premier tropical tiki bar and craft cocktail destination celebrates Shark Awareness Day with their Shark Bowl – a take on the classic hurricane made with three different rums, passion […]

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Pitmaster Spotlight: Pappy’s Smokehouse

Pitmaster Spotlight: Pappy’s Smokehouse

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The Pappy’s team has been smoking professionally for over 35 years. Those decades of learning make his whole hog and baby back ribs some of the best out there.

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But First…

But First…

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Late night got you feelin’ sluggish? Stop by the La Colombe shack for your morning pick me up. They’ve got draft lattes, mochas and cold brew ready and waiting.

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Are You Hungry Yet?

Are You Hungry Yet?

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We’re waking up and smelling the ‘cue at our this morning’s BBQ Brunch featuring a Bacon Bar and a DIY Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar with all the fixins. A few tickets still remain. Grab […]

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Happy Endings

Happy Endings

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Old Dominion’s incredible set tonight left us with anything but a broken heart and capped off a memorable Day 2. For your last chance to join the fun, Sunday passes ($40) are still available. See […]

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Get Home Safely with Uber

Get Home Safely with Uber

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Get to and from the festival safely and with east with our convenient Uber pick-up and drop-off spot located at the corner of Madison and Wood.

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We’re Minutes Away

We’re Minutes Away

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Old Dominion is the best “Happy Ending” we could hope for on Day 2 of Windy City Smokeout. Head to the Main Stage now! 

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Another Reason to Eat All the ‘Que

Another Reason to Eat All the ‘Que

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Tomorrow morning at 10:30am join celebrity fitness trainer Erin Oprea – who has trained some of the fittest names in country music including Carrie Underwood and Kacey Musgraves – for a high-energy workout class and […]

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I Scream, You Scream

I Scream, You Scream

Posted on July 13, 2019

Big Gay Ice Cream is here with exactly what you need – some soft serve topped with blueberries and graham cracker to cool off from the heat. 

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It’s Hot Out There

It’s Hot Out There

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The most important drink you’ll have today is good ol’ H2O. Visit one of the Yeti Hydration Stations to fill up your water bottle! 

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Give It Up For Hannah Ellis

Give It Up For Hannah Ellis

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CMT’s Next Woman of Country is about to join us on the Main Stage. See you there!

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It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere

It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere

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Because nothing goes better with BBQ than ice-cold beer. Visit our craft beer bar to get brews from over 25 local and national breweries.

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Smokeout BBQ Barn hosted by Myron Mixon

Smokeout BBQ Barn hosted by Myron Mixon

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Snag a table reservation at the BBQ Barn, the first-ever Smokeout restaurant and bar. Enjoy BBQ from 4x World BBQ Champion, Myron Mixon, with libations from Carol’s Chicago. Reserve now at exploretock.com/windycitysmokeout!

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Pitmaster Spotlight: Hoodoo Brown BBQ

Pitmaster Spotlight: Hoodoo Brown BBQ

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Pitmaster Cody Sperry is bringing something new and unique from the northeast corridor: Authentic Texas Barbecue.

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Wagyumafia Debuts the Big Wag

Wagyumafia Debuts the Big Wag

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For the first time in the US: Tokyo’s legendary Wagyumafia is bringing their Big Wag burger to the Smokeout! This 100% pure Ozaki beef burger is a decadent upgrade from the old-time favorite you know […]

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Breaking News: New Saturday Schedule

Breaking News: New Saturday Schedule

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UPDATE: your set times have moved up earlier, which means you get to see your favorite bands even sooner.

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Let’s Get Smokin’

Let’s Get Smokin’

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Our pitmasters have been up and at it for hours already to bring you all of your BBQ favorites such as brisket, beef short ribs, and smoked chicken. Check out what they’re serving up this […]

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That’s A Wrap

That’s A Wrap

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Chris Young jammed out tonight, capping off a fun and flavorful Day 1 at Smokeout. A big thank you to all attendees for partying with us! If you’re still trying to join the fun, 2-day […]

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Five Minute Warning!

Five Minute Warning!

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Eli Young Band is waiting in the wings & ready to take the Main Stage.

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How Happy Are You?

How Happy Are You?

Posted on July 12, 2019

There’s not a better combination of pizza, booze, and happiness than what you will find at Happy Camper. Cool off with a glass of Giuliana Prosecco topped with your choice of popsicle. Cheers!

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FOMO No More

FOMO No More

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General admission tickets for Smokeout Saturday have officially sold out. Get yours for the remaining days before it’s too late! Click here to purchase WCS passes.

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Go Cashless

Go Cashless

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Before coming to the festival, complete your mandatory wristband activation! Once the wristband is activated and registered, link your credit card and create a PIN for Smokeout Cashless! This will act as your ticket – […]

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Rocking Out With Filmore

Rocking Out With Filmore

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Thanks for a great set! I think we all can agree that we’ve never heard a better cover of “Mr. Brightside.”

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Pitmaster Spotlight: Salt Lick

Pitmaster Spotlight: Salt Lick

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Scott Roberts of Salt Lick makes spare ribs that look this good. Visit their booth for a true taste of Texas.

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Your 2019 Pit Masters

Your 2019 Pit Masters

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From Louisville to Houston, Atlanta to Nashville, the ‘Cueniverse revolves around the United Center in Chicago this weekend – and these world-class pit masters are to thank!

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On in Five Minutes

On in Five Minutes

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Muscadine Bloodline is about to take the stage. Don’t miss it!

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The Happiest Hour at Smokeout

The Happiest Hour at Smokeout

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Kick off your festival weekend with a happy hour hosted by Budweiser, featuring $4 domestic and craft beers and live music from up-and-coming artists.

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Finding Your Way

Finding Your Way

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New year, New location! Check out the 2019 Fest Map now.

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Get Ready!

Get Ready!

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Gates are open and it’s time to kick off year seven! To ensure a speedy admission process, please leave the following items at home: Chairs Weapons of any kind, including fireworks or explosives of any […]

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2019 Windy City Smokeout Is Here!

2019 Windy City Smokeout Is Here!

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Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for! Windy City Smokeout gates open at 2 PM. Kick it off with the Biggest Happy Hour of the Summer with $4 craft and domestic beers, live […]

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Garth Brooks Sweepstakes Rules

Garth Brooks Sweepstakes Rules

Posted on July 11, 2019

OFFICIAL RULES OF THE WINDY CITY SMOKEOUT GARTH BROOKS SWEEPSTAKES (the “Promotion”)   NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. The Promotion is void where prohibited […]

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Get ready: Your WCS Festival Checklist

Get ready: Your WCS Festival Checklist

Posted on June 30, 2019

The best weekend of the summer is finally here. Whether you’re a Smokeout veteran or it’s your first time, y’all share the same mission: leaving your worries behind for three days full of BBQ, beer, […]

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Your Ears Will Thank You: New Music from Cole Swindell & Chris Young!

Your Ears Will Thank You: New Music from Cole Swindell & Chris Young!

Posted on June 14, 2019

When two incredible singers share their stories of loss, songwriting magic happens. Windy City Smokeout 2019 headliners Chris Young (Friday, July 12) and Cole Swindell (Sunday, July 14) just released new music that is resonating […]

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MEET THE 2019 WINDY CITY SMOKEOUT PITMASTERS

MEET THE 2019 WINDY CITY SMOKEOUT PITMASTERS

Posted on April 15, 2019

Each year, the Smokeout gets bigger and better, but one thing remains the same: the world-class barbecue. Festival co-founder and Bub City pitmaster, Doug Psaltis, has once again tapped the who’s who in ‘cue. He’s […]

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The Only 2019 Windy City Smokeout Playlist You Need

The Only 2019 Windy City Smokeout Playlist You Need

Posted on February 13, 2019

The Windy City Smokeout lineup has arrived – and we’ve wasted no time putting together a playlist of the artists on this year’s bill. Give your ears a little love and listen here:

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Your 2019 Windy City Smokeout Announcement!

Your 2019 Windy City Smokeout Announcement!

Posted on February 11, 2019

Different parking lot, same party. Get ready for Windy City Smokeout 2019: now in the United Center Parking Lot. Get your tickets now: use promo code WCS19 to get exclusive pricing before it expires 2/15 at 11:59pm.

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Watch: Our Favorite Smokeout Moments from 2013 – 2018

Watch: Our Favorite Smokeout Moments from 2013 – 2018

Posted on February 6, 2019

Count down to the 2019 lineup with us by reliving our favorite Smokeout memories! We’ve got six years of smokin’ good times under our belts – check it out: 2018   2017   2016   […]

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