Windy City Smokeout
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Spend enough time basking in the smell of barbecued meat, the twangy strains of country music and the sweltering heat at Windy City Smokeout and you might feel like you've been transported to Texas. Taking place in a parking lot outside of the United Center, this annual festival brings togther some of the nation's most talented pitmasters and a stacked lineup of Nashville-approved musicians. This year, Kansas City’s Meat Mitch and Houston's Truth BBQ (as well as local favorites Smoque and Bub City) are among the vendors smoking ribs, pork and chicken throughout the weekend. Once you're full, clean up with some wet-naps and stick around for headlining sets from country music stars Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley and Jon Pardi.