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Eat Memphis BBQ at Blues Fest this Weekend

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I love BBQ, so when I was invited to eat free ribs when the Memphis BBQ truck was touring Chicago, I had to say yes. Charles and I stopped by the truck when it was parked at Wacker and Madison for lunch on Wednesday. We dined on dry rubbed ribs, while we listened to the band Southern Avenue play. It was the ultimate workday lunchtime date.


If you missed the truck’s two day tour through Chicago, don’t fear – it is going to be at Blues Fest this weekend (June 10-12) giving out more free Memphis style ribs from Corky’s. I definitely recommend stopping by early in the day since they are so delicious that they probably won’t last long!

Blues Fest is one of my favorite summer fests – and it helped convince me to move to Chicago. Eight years ago I was living in NYC and growing a bit tired of the crowded and overly expensive city, and I decided to get away for a weekend and go to Chicago to visit two close friends that I had met when we studied abroad in Florence. The guys basically spent the entire weekend selling me on the idea of relocating to Chicago. A highlight of the weekend was going to Blues Fest – it was warm and sunny and everyone just seemed so happy.

I will never forget calling my parents once I was back in NYC after the trip, and when they asked how Chicago was I said, “You will see. I am moving there.” Three months later I arrived with my Uhaul. Seven weeks later I met my husband. And we still love Chicago and call it home even though neither of us grew up there.


So go to Blues Fest. It just might change your life. I can’t promise that, but I can promise that you can try some incredible Memphis BBQ!

The Memphis BBQ truck is touring Chicago to encourage people to visit Tennessee – a place at the top of US travel destinations on my bucket list. Memphis is a really easy place to get to from Chicago, flights are affordable and just over an hour and a half long. Once you get to Tennessee there is plenty to explore. Tennessee is the birthplace of rock n’ roll and country music, and home to some of the country’s best BBQ. Plus it’s got Graceland, Dollywood, the Blue Bird Cafe, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is a little something for everyone.

Have you been to Tennessee? I would love to hear your recommendations! Visiting Memphis and Nashville was on my list of goals for the year!

This post was sponsored by Tennessee Tourism.

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