Windy City Smokeout: What To Know & Where To Go


Chicago’s ever-iconic Windy City Smokeout is returning for another sensational weekend! This year marks the 10th summer of this event, where the aroma of locally/nationally sourced BBQ and infectious rhythms of country music converge in the United Center’s parking lot.

The grandest of all tailgates is not letting up on their richness, though, as headliners such as Zach Bryan, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, and Zac Brown Band plan to grace the stage. This, along with delights from renowned Chicago restaurants such as Bub City, Soul & Smoke, Smoque BBQ, and 3 Little Pigs, ensures that no one will leave unsatisfied. While it may sound biased, there’s a strong belief that this edition of the Windy City Smokeout will be the best one yet! We want to prepare you for it by providing all the necessary information, including what to bring and what not to bring!

What To Expect

Although Windy City Smokeout has been expanded and enhanced, it has always had the same bones. Even back in 2013 when the event was on the corner of Rush and Illinois St., Smoque and Bub City were serving under the sounds of Brett Elridge and Chase Rice. It truly is a simple set-up, easy to navigate and enjoy. If you haven’t acquired tickets yet, Friday GA is still available here! The other days are sold out, but no worries! Get your resale purchases here. Tickets do not include food or drinks.

Thursday 7/13 | Gates Open at 2:00pm

J.R Carroll at 3:25pm

American Aquarium at 4:25pm

Bailey Zimmerman at 5:40pm 

Randy Rogers Band at 6:45pm

Zach Bryan at 8:30pm

Friday 7/14 | Gates Open at 2:00pm

Drew Green at 3:00pm

Jackson Dean 3:50pm

Jo Dee Messina at 5:05pm 

Chris Lane at 6:45pm

Darius Rucker at 8:30pm

Saturday, 7/15 | Gates Open at 1:00pm

Grady Spencer & The Work at 2:45pm

Tanner Adell at 3:45pm

Megan Moroney at 4:45pm

Kameron Marlowe at 5:45pm

Dylan Scott at 7:00pm

Luke Bryan at 8:30pm

Sunday, 7/16 | Gates Open at 1:00pm

Lauren Watkins at 3:00pm

Caroline Jones at 4:00pm 

Larry Fleet at 5:00pm

Eli Young Band at 6:15pm

Zac Brown Band at 8:00pm

What To Bring

If you’re planning on bringing some necessities for the day, make sure your bag is your average 10” x 6” x 2“ or under (this excludes diaper bags, breast bumps, and medical bags). 

Empty reusable water bottles are allowed and will be your saving grace from the heat. We recommend bringing one to stay hydrated! 

Strollers, unprofessional cameras, and non-aerosol contained sunscreen are allowed. Do not roll your eyes at our suggestion for skin protection! Pack your bag right and save yourself from some serious burnage.

What NOT To Bring

-Lawn/folding chairs

-Pets (excluding service animals). 

-Shade structures

-Glass containers

Click here to go over the full list of items that are prohibited at Windy City Smokeout.

The Ultimate To-Do For Windy City Smokeout




-Have Fun! 

We want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience at Windy City Smokeout. To make the most of your experience, we recommend keeping your bag small, staying hydrated, and lathering your skin in sun screen. With Darius Rucker on stage and Bub City’s delicious offerings in your hands, there’s no time to waste on trivial matters. Get ready for an incredible weekend filled with music, fabulous food, and memories that are certain to last.

To discover the inside scoop on what entices the taste buds of a Windy City Smokeout Chef, delve into CP’s exclusive interview that unveils their cherished destinations in Chicago!

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