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ACM’S “Festival of the Year” Returns to Chicago July 13-16 with 30 of the World’s Best Pitmasters

Windy City Smokeout, the nation’s premier outdoor country music and BBQ festival, returns to Chicago’s iconic United Center (1901 W. Madison Street) on July 13-16, 2023. The two-time winner of the Academy of Country Music Awards “Festival of the Year,” the Windy City Smokeout will celebrate its 10th anniversary with some of country music’s biggest names and up-and-coming talents.

Headliners include GRAMMY award winner Zac Brown Band, much-decorated ACM and CMA award winner Luke Bryan,  GRAMMY award winner Darius Rucker, and GRAMMY award nominee Zach Bryan. The music talent is matched by some of the best craft beer and BBQ from around the country. This year’s BBQ line-up features 30 of the world’s best pitmasters, including eight new teams, offering a mix of new school and old school ‘cue dishes throughout the festival weekend.

The full 2023 BBQ line-up includes:

RETURNING (All four days unless noted otherwise):

NEWCOMERS (All four days unless noted otherwise):

estival passes are now on sale at Tickets are currently priced as follows:

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

**VIP festival passes include access to an elevated and covered area next to the stage, complimentary mobile charging stations, air-conditioned restrooms, access to private cash bars and an official Windy City Smokeout welcome gift.

***Platinum festival passes include deluxe climate-controlled upper deck, private, and stage-pit viewing areas, complimentary mobile charging stations, VIP parking access with golf cart service to and from festival grounds, air-conditioned restrooms, top shelf beer/wine/cocktails included, curated BBQ service in private dining areas, and $25 BBQ Bucks preloaded onto wristbands

The hours for Windy City Smokeout are Thursday July, 13- Sunday, July 16: 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM

For more information and to purchase festival passes, please visit www.windy city, and be sure to follow all the action on Instagram at @WindyCitySmokeout and Twitter at @WCSmokeout.

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