Worldwide music festival guide • Chicago and the Midwest
Plan a musical odyssey with Time Out’s global guide to music festivals—the best line-ups, sonic fields and destination fests in Chicago, the Midwest and around the world
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Those looking to let their hair down in the Midwest are not short of options—especially if the Windy City's within trekking distance. Chicago’s rock and roll heritage stands it in good stead and Chicago music festivals are up there with the best in the world.
Since its arrival on the scene in 2005, hipster favorite Pitchfork has spawned many imitators, but remains one of the most exciting indie music festivals around (and 2014 headliners including Grimes and Kendrick Lamar means that things continue to look fresh). Then, of course, there's the legendary Lollapalooza in Grant Park, which continues to draw the big guns year after year (think Kings of Leon and OutKast). Add Spring Awakening and Riot Fest into the mix, and you're spoilt for choice. Read on for Time Out's guide to the illest beats in Illinois and the Midwest…