The lineup is loaded for the mega country music festival in Chicago, it is happening with some COVID-19 restrictions. Here are the things you need to know!

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Chicago's massive country music festival is a go! The Windy City Smokeout is scheduled for July 8th through the 11th at in the parking lot of the United Center, which is home to the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks. The lineup for this years Windy City Smokeout is loaded, Brett Eldredge headlines July 8th, Darius Rucker headlines July 9th, Dierks Bentley headlines July 10th, and Jon Pardi headlines on July 11th, over the course of the festival Cody Johnson, Riley Green, Ryan Hurd, Morgan Evans and so many others will also be performing.

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If you go to the Windy City Smokeout website there is a whole page for you to get information on the safety protocols that will be in place for this outdoor event. There is also the BBQ component to the Windy City Smokeout with some of the best pit masters in the country attending to cook up some of their tastiest eats!

The fact that the Windy City Smokeout has been given the green light from officials in Chicago and the State of Illinois to go ahead and happen is a huge step in the right direction for all of us downstate who are looking forward to county fairs, and other outdoor festivals to take place this summer. Which night of the Windy City Smokeout would you want to attend the most?

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Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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