Chicago's Q-BBQ to Smoke a Goat at Pop-Up Restaurant in the Willis Tower to Break Cubs's Curse

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Oct 24 - 29th: Willis Tower in The Loop To Host Award-Winning Q-BBQ; Hickory Smoked Goat Sandwiches for $10.08

“The Curse of the Billy Goat has haunted Cubs fans for generations and has become a part of American sports folklore. I truly believe our national barbeque tradition just might be the cure,” said Michael LaPidus, founder of Q-BBQ

Q-BBQ, Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand-winning restaurant and a Chicagoland favorite, will celebrate the Chicago Cubs entering the World Series for the first time since 1945 by smoking a goat at their pop-up restaurant in Chicago’s most iconic building, The Willis Tower. The Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908 and fans believe a curse was placed on the team after a local tavern owner was asked to leave Wrigley Field with his goat in 1945. Though many fans have since tried to break the curse, the pop-up restaurant in Chicago’s tallest building will offer a way for more Cubs fans to participate than any previous attempt.

“The Curse of the Billy Goat has haunted Cubs fans for generations and has become a part of American sports folklore. I truly believe our national barbeque tradition just might be the cure,” said Michael LaPidus, founder of Q-BBQ. “BBQ is about bringing people together as a community. This week the whole world is going to be talking about the Cubs, so this is our way of bringing Chicagoans to the table in a common purpose.”

For Q-BBQ, it’s not just about breaking a curse or celebrating, it’s about doing what they do best: smoking and barbecuing succulent meat. And what is more American than baseball and barbeque? Q-BBQ will rub the goat with their thirteen spice blend and then smoke it over Hickory and Applewood logs for eight hours. It will be available (while supplies last) as a sandwich $10.08 served with Q-BBQ’s homemade chimichurri sauce as an homage to the last year the Cubs won the World Series 108 years ago.

After hosting a sold-out pop-up restaurant at the Willis Tower in February, Q-BBQ is returning to the Loop’s most famous building with even more of its award-winning 22-hour hickory smoked brisket and other fan-favorite meals. Lines during the February pop-up stretched around the interior of the building and even bigger crowds are expected for the week of lunch service from October 24-28 from 10 AM to 2 PM daily. Smoked goat will be available beginning Tuesday, October 25, the 1st day of the World Series.

Q-BBQ’s Pop-Up Restaurant will also feature grab-n-go favs: choice of smoked meats: pulled pork, chopped brisket, and pulled chicken available as a plate with two sides ($8-$11) or as a sandwich ($6.99). Salads ($8) with a choice of smoked meats or a SouthWest Salad. From scratch sides ($1.99) include: Creamy Slaw, BBQ Baked Beans, Mac-Q-Roni and Cornbread.

About Q-BBQ:
Q-BBQ is a fast-casual Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand-winning restaurant (2012, 2013) that specializes in authentic barbeque, featuring smoked Texas brisket, Carolina pulled pork, Memphis dry rub chicken wings and signature homemade sides such as Hush Puppies and Mac-Q-roni. The counter-service, fine casual restaurant has locations in downtown LaGrange, downtown Naperville, Schererville, IN and Oak Park. Q-BBQ offers weekend brunch, beer and wine, take-out, and catering, plus retail sales of its three signature sauces. For more information, visit http://www.Q-BBQ.com, Facebook.com/EatQBBQ, or Twitter.com/EatQBBQ.    

What is Q? Watch Michael LaPidus "Papa Q" talk about our regional BBQ, awesome people, and what makes Q so very delicious!

About Willis Tower:
As the second tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the eighth tallest building in the world, the Willis Tower offers more than 4.5 million square feet of premier office and retail space. Located at 233 S. Wacker Drive, the skyscraper is centrally situated between the city’s financial and cultural hub of the Loop and the dynamic West Loop, home to several of Chicago’s top restaurants and shops. Standing 1,450 feet and 110 stories tall, Willis Tower has remained a fixture of the city’s skyline and apart of the fabric of Chicago’s culture for decades. Originally opened in September 1973 as the Sears Tower, it is home to more than 100 different companies, including prominent financial services firms, law firms and insurance companies. Willis Tower boasts spectacular vistas of Chicago and Lake Michigan, with views that can reach nearly 50 miles on a clear day. The Willis Tower also boasts a tremendous infrastructure system, which includes enormous telecommunications capacity and unsurpassed electrical capacity and reliability. Skydeck Chicago, the highest observation deck in the United States, on the Willis Tower’s 103rd floor attracts more than 1.6 million visitors per year. Since the opening of its newest attraction, The Ledge in 2009, millions of visitors have since experienced this first of its kind attraction. The Ledge’s 4 glass boxes extend 4.3 feet outside the Tower, 1,353 feet above Wacker Drive, with glass on the ceiling, floor and sides, offering a truly an unforgettable experience. willistower.com/ theskydeck.com

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