Tour de Fat


Ric Wilson recently won New Belgium Brewing’s Battle of the Bands and a spot on the Chicago Tour de Fat stage on Saturday, July 29. In a close competition, Ric Wilson beat out White Mystery, Lili K and Modern Vices for the honor.

“All four bands wowed the crowd with great sets,” said New Belgium Tour de Fat Brand Manager, Sam Sawyer. “We can’t wait to bring Tour de Fat to Chicago and raise money for West Town Bikes!”

The Roots will headline the stage for the Chicago Tour de Fat stop. In addition to music from The Roots and Ric Wilson, Tim DeLaGhetto is hosting and the mayhem will also include an ensemble cast of artists, performers, vaudeville acts, magicians and comedians.

Costumes are encouraged and everyone 21 and older will be able to enjoy some of New Belgium’s year-round line-up including the American craft beer icon Fat Tire, Voodoo Ranger IPA and Citradelic Tangerine IPA.

When:  Saturday, July 29th from 4:00 p.m. – 9

Where:  Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S Linn White Drive

Run of Show:

4:00 p.m. – Doors Open

4:20 p.m. – FIRE LEOPARD

4:40 p.m. – Fashion Show: Great costumes deserve great admiration. The fashion show is open to all who want to show off their Tour de Fat costume on the catwalk.

5:25 p.m. – Ric Wilson

6:25 p.m. – Slow Ride: Race your fellow Tour de Fat-goers in a bike race where the last person to cross the finish line is the winner. The catch: if you put a foot down, you’re out. 

7:00 p.m. – Dance Contest: Here’s your chance to strut your stuff. The winner walks away with a New Belgium cruiser bike!

7:30 p.m. – The Roots

9:00 p.m. – Adios! (curfew)


Also featuring Le Tigre Tent: Check out talented vaudevillians, musicians, artists and clowns, drawing upon carnival-esqe sideshow adventures. The performances and art displayed are honed by a professional cast with experience working for such companies as Spiegelworld, Blue Man Group, Cirque Du Soleil, 500 Clown, Mucca Pazza and more!



  • Tickets: $25 + fees
  • Tickets are first come first served and are available for purchase in advance online
  • Donations for West Town Bikes will be accepted at the show

For more information about the Tour de Fat Chicago stop, performers, or to purchase tickets, visit

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire and the new Fat Tire Belgian White coming August 2017, New Belgium brews fourteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Citradelic Lime Ale, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale, Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Ale, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale, Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. Learn more at