Lake in the Hills' Rockin' Ribfest serves up food, music

This year's Rockin' Ribfest in Lake in the Hills will feature Tommy DeCarlo, the singer of rock band Boston, as well as tribute and local bands, according to the Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills.

The group rolled out a new website for the festival, which runs 4:30 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 7-8; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 9; and 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. to Sunday, July 10, at Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road in Lake in the Hills.

Admission is $5; free for children 12 and younger accompanied by a parent and active duty military with ID. For fest information, visit

Headline acts this year will include Boy Band Night on July 7; Kashmir July 8; and DeCarlo, with special guests August Zadra and Jimmy Leahey of the Dennis DeYoung Band, performing a collection of Styx songs, July 9. The fest closes July 10 with local band 7th heaven.

The full entertainment lineup can be found on the new website along with this year's award-winning cooks, who will be sharing some of the best barbecue in the country, according to a news release.

Rib vendors will include Pigfoot BBQ and Rib Co., Texas Outlaws BBQ, Cowboys Barbecue and Rib Co., After Hours Barbecue, Armadillo's BBQ and Rib Company and Mojo's Rib Shack.

Other vendors will sell items such as hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken fingers, street tacos, elephant ears, deep fried foods, ice cream, pastries and fresh squeezed lemonade.

This year's festival will include a full carnival midway provided by Windy City Amusements. There will be rides for all ages, with unlimited ride wristbands and individual ride tickets available.

A "Vendor Blender" on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will give local crafters, entrepreneurs and business owners a chance to showcase their products and services.

Rockin' Ribfest is described as the signature fundraising event for the Lake in the Hills Rotary Club, a service organization made up of business and professional leaders, according to the event's website. Proceeds from Rockin' Ribfest will benefit the charities supported by the Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills, both locally and internationally.

For more information, visit or call (847) 742-3378.

  A worker grills ribs at the Pigfoot booth at the Lake in the Hills Rockin' Ribfest. This year's festival returns July 7-10 at Sunset Park. John Starks/, 2018
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