Ribfest’s future in Naperville has been in question since organizers with the city’s Exchange Club announced the celebration needs a new site outside Knoch Park for 2020 and beyond.
Club leaders initially said staying in Naperville is unlikely because the only other site the park district can offer is Rotary Hill along the downtown Riverwalk, and that would be too small.
But Mayor Steve Chirico said he met with club leaders this week to ask if the festival can be downsized to fit somewhere in the city, such as Rotary Hill, Naper Settlement or a combination of the two.
“It’s certainly intriguing and we are looking at it,” said Mary Howenstine, Exchange Club administrator. “We don’t have anything to report on it.”