There’s never a dull weekend in Chicago, but when the weather warms up, the music festivals abound. Music festivals are some of the most fun and unique experiences you can find in the city. Let’s break down the best music festivals happening around Chicago this Spring and Summer.
Do Division Street Fest (June 2-4)
Kicking off the summer festival season, the Do Division Street Fest stretches across ten blocks of Chicago. Featuring a Family Fun Festival, with pony rides, face painting, and rocking kids music. This festival offers something to every member of the family. The live music line up includes The Ponys, ADULT., Black Marble, Boss Hog, and many more! Check out Do Division Street Fest’s website here.
Two Brothers Summer Festival (June 2-3)
The Two Brothers Brewing Company has hosted a music festival each summer to raise money for charity. Taking place at RiverEdge Park in downtown Aurora, the two-day event will feature the bands X Ambassadors, Saint Motel, Blind Pilot, Knox Hamilton, and Savior Adore. Get more information on the Two Brothers Summer Festival. The festival will take place on June 2nd and run through June 3rd.
Chicago Blues Festival (June 9-11)
This free blues festival is the largest in the world. Hosted in Millenium Park, this three day event is sure to please the blues lover in you! Headliners for the event include Gary Clark Jr., William Bell, and Che “Rhymefest” Smith, who highlights the influence of blues on rap and hip-hop music. The festival is June 9th-11th – here’s a look at the festival this past year:
Lollapalooza (August 3-6)
Since 1991, Lollapalooza has been one of the most popular music festivals in the U.S. Big names in the lineup this year include Lorde, The Killers, Blink 182, The Head and The Heart and many more. Lollapalooza is not only for adults, as they offer a Kidzapalooza also. For more information on Lollapalooza, check out their website.
Spring Awakening Music Festival (June 9-11)
Diplo, Armin Van Burren, and Marshmello are just a few of the big names to headline the Spring Awakening Music Festival this summer. The festival will take place this year in Addams-Medill Park. If you’re interested in buying tickets, check out their website.
Green Music Fest (June 10-11)
An eco-friendly music festival?! We’re in! Happening in Wicker Park Bucktown, the festival will feature a people-powered bicycle stage, ecologically crafted beer, and lots of information on how to start living an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Taking place from June 10th through the 11th, this is a festival you don’t want to miss. Read more here.
Taste of Randolph (June 16-18)
Happening on West Loop, Taste of Randolph features some of Chicago’s (and America’s) best eats! Six blocks of food, music, and drinks…what more could you want? Headlining this year is Dawes, Robert DeLong, Moon Taxi, and Here Come the Mummies. Proceeds from this festival benefit the West Loop Community Organization, which supports local businesses and economic development.
Country LakeShake Festival (June 23-25)
If you love country music, Country LakeShake festival on Northerly Island is the place for you to be. Thomas Rhett, Miranda Lambert, and Rascal Flatts are just a few of the big names that are scheduled to appear. Passes are on sale now, and there are payment plans available!
Mamby on the Beach (June 24-25)
If you can’t make it to real beach this summer, Mamby may just be the second best thing. Taking place on Oakwood Beach, Walk the Moon, Flying Lotus, MGMT, and Local Natives will be present. The festival takes place on June 24th and 25th. See who else will be appearing by the lake here.
West Fest (July 7-9)
West Fest is locally planned and managed by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, which makes sure that local talent and local offerings are featured. Offering a West Fest’s Pet Fest and Kid Fest, there is surely something for the whole family to enjoy. Read more about West Fest here.
The above is just a small sampling of what Chicago has to offer in the way of music festivals. ParqEx has many parking options near these festivals. Book your parking spot in advance to avoid the hassle come festival time.