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Ribfest brings sweet scent of smoke to North Center

Summer festival season begins in earnest this weekend with one of Chicago’s premier barbecue events, Ribfest in North Center. Some three dozen food vendors will be grilling Friday through Sunday at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue, Damen Avenue and Irving Park Road, to the tunes of a long music lineup, including such bands as Heartless Bastards, Megafaun and J. Roddy Walston and the Business.

Among those serving up ribs, barbecue and other goodies are:

Events launch at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at Black Rock Pub and Kitchen, with an amateur rib-eating contest. The winner moves on to the professional eating event, RibMania, at 6 p.m. Friday on the North Stage.