Chicago is one of the best cities for music festivals, and it’s not just because of Lollapalooza. Nowadays, Chicagoans are positively spoiled as the city is host to several amazing festivals of all different genres. We’ve picked our top five Windy City music festivals coming up in 2015 and included the important details on each and why we think they’re worth attending.
Spring Awakening Festival
When: June 12-14, 2015
Where: Soldier Field
Who’s Performing?: Diplo, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Zedd, Flosstradamus, Jack U, +more
Why Attend?: The EDM fans won’t want to miss this one. At Spring Awakening this year you can catch some of the world’s best DJs plus be there for the Midwest debut of Skrillex and Diplo’s Jack U.
Pitchfork Music Festival
When: July 17-19, 2015
Where: Union Park
Who’s Performing?: Wilco, Chance The Rapper, Sleater-Kinney, Chvrches, Run The Jewels, Panda Bear, +more
Why Attend?: A hipster’s paradise, the annual Pitchfork Music Festival brings some of the most blogged-about indie acts to Chicago’s Union Park each summer. If you attend this festival, you’ll get to see plenty of the latest up-and-coming artists along with some established favorites.
When: July 31-August 2, 2015
Where: Grant Park
Who’s Performing?: Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, Bassnectar, The Weeknd, alt-J, Alabama Shakes, +more
Why Attend?: What would this list be without including one of the longest-running and most recognized festivals in the world? There are hundreds of reasons why you should attend Lollapalooza, but seeing Sir Paul McCartney live in the flesh is definitely at the top of the list, and that’s more than enough.
North Coast Music Festival
When: September 4-6, 2015
Where: Union Park
Who’s Performing?: The Chemical Brothers, Widespread Panic, D’Angelo, Chromeo, Knife Party, Portugal. The Man, Steve Aoki, The Roots, +more
Why Attend?: Celebrate the end of the summer with a stellar and diverse lineup that includes everything from EDM to jam bands to rappers to R&B to indie rock. Fans of all genres will find something to enjoy here.
When: September 11-13, 2015
Where: Douglas Park
Who’s Performing?: No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, Damian Marley, Motorhead, Rancid, Tenacious D, Billy Idol, +more
Why Attend?: Riot Fest is one that rock fans will enjoy most, but there are also hip hop, reggae, and pop acts in the lineup as well. Although it’s been expanded to multiple cities over the years, Chicago is the original and arguably gets the best bands every year. For 2015, pretty much every subgenre of rock is represented among the 100+ bands on the bill.