5 Festivals You Should Travel To The Windy City Chicago For


| May 21, 2018

If Chicago does one thing right, it’s SUMMER! Part of the glory that makes Chicago’s summer so celebratory and fun are attending all the music festivals and sporting rave outfits to them. From free festivals, to musicians you’d be willing to shell out your life savings for, there are a ton of options - and chances are you can catch more than one event per visit. Here is a list of the festivals we think Chicago is worth traveling for.

Book your tickets, pack your bags, and find a couch or AirBnB to crash on, Chicago's summer 2018 festival season is here!


1. Spring Awakening Music Festival

This EDM festival kicks off the fun for the summer. Some acts we’re looking forward to catching (and you should too) are: Virtual Self, Alison Wonderland, Bro Safari, Deadmau5 and Kaskade of course. Check out our full breakdown of 10 anticipated sets at Spring Awakening 2018 HERE. SAMF is held at Addams/Medill Park near the Pilsen neighborhood on June 8-10.


2. Mamby on the Beach

This festival is on the beach! That in itself should be enough reason to go. Mamby is always a great time, because who isn’t happy on the beach, super looking forward to Duke Dumont, Jai Wolf, Russ, Common, St. Lucia, AJR, Towkio and DJ Tennis this June 23-24.


3. Pitchfork Music Festival

Held at Chicago’s Union Park on July 20-22, this festival is known for giving the stage to the best up and coming artists around. Headliners this year are Tame Impala, Fleet Foxes and Lauren Hill herself. Some others to catch: Blood Orange, Saba, and The War on Drugs.


4. Lollapalooza

This one is a personal favorite of mine, the energy is always so high from the moment you walk in. With Perry’s to your right and Pepsi to your left, the incredible Chicago cityscape behind you and Lake Michigan ahead, you can only have a good time. Who to see? Lolla always features top acts like The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Logic, CHVRCHES, ZEDD and about 100 more acts. This year takes place August 2-5 at Grant Park.


5. North Coast Music Festival

The line up is lit this year guys: Axell Ingrosso, DJ Snake, Jamiroquai, Yellow Claw, Rapsody, Cashmere Cat - just to name a few. This one is also at Union Park, and not to be missed, especially this year. August 31- September 2, 2018.

We hope to see you in Chicago for the best-fest summer yet, check out more music festivals HERE.

Gear up with the iEDM Festival Collection HERE and check out our top picks for Spring Awakening HERE. 

about the writer

Danya Shaikh

Danya Shaikh

Read More...Danya Shaikh is a Chicago resident who enjoys yoga, spirituality, art and all things music.

She grew up all over the world, and her international upbringing is what influenced her taste in music.

Her favorite festival is LollaPalooza because of the mix of music genres, the city and water backdrop, and the beautiful mesh of people.

Danya loves everything from chill house, hip hop, EDM mixes to dubstep.

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