FREE Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Festival this Weekend

Check out the inaugural Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Festival this weekend, where the smell of smoked meats is as strong as the beverages. The festival itself is FREE and runs from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2000 W. Roscoe St.  You will have to pay for bourbon tastings which take place between 2p.-6p. each day and include two options: a full 12-taste flight for $40 or a mini-flight of 4 tastes for $16. Two stages of music—one country, one local cover bands—serve to serenade guests all weekend.


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When the inaugural Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Fest makes its post-Labor Day debut as the Windy City’s newest street happening, expect plenty of barrel-aged Southern bourbon whiskeys and finger lickin’ meats to entice visitors to this early September happening on Roscoe Street. The bourbon tasting runs from 2PM to 6PM on Saturday and Sunday.

The phenomenal rise in the popularity of bourbon whiskey is the driver behind this event. The bourbon tasting pavilion is the event’s central attraction – offering more than 20 types of bourbon for tasting – creating what is best described as a ‘flavor extravaganza’.
Included in this tasting are ‘High Corn’ bourbons, ‘High Rye’ bourbons, ‘Cask Strength’ bourbons, and ‘Wheaters’ bourbons. This tasting pavilion is rightly called a ‘bourbon lovers paradise’, and is the only one of its kind in the city.

For $40, the Bourbon Tasting ticket will include TWELVE (12) sampling tickets.
For those who are not Bourbon aficionados, and just looking to taste a few samples, can purchase a Sampler Ticket that will be redeemable for FOUR (4) samples for $16.


There is no better food companion to bourbon than barbecue – and this festival does not disappoint.

***Must be 21 years of age or older to sample with a valid ID. All sales are final, no refunds, returns or transfers. Tickets are day specific. Tickets may not be shared, and unused tickets may not be returned or exchanged for cash. Event is rain or shine.***



  • Sat, Sep 9, 2017, 2:00 PM –
  • Sun, Sep 10, 2017, 2:00 PM CDT



  • Damen & Roscoe
  • Chicago, IL 60618

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