With a major event every weekend, Chicago is the capital of summer music festivals. From Lollapalooza down to neighborhood street festivals, hundreds of acts grace our outdoor stages. You can splurge on a VIP experience or take in a free block party and still catch the best bands going today. We even earned a couple great new ones (Mamby on the Beach and RuidoFest) for 2015. So stock up on sunblock and hit the pavement, parks and beaches.
Chicago summer music festivals
Do Division Street Fest 2015
May 29–31 Temples, Tobacco, Nick Waterhouse, the Dodos and more hit the street.
Chicago Blues Fest 2015
June 12–14 In its 32st year, the Grant Park tradition celebrates the legacies of Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon.
Spring Awakening 2015
June 12–14 Neon-clad EDM heads descend on Soldier Field for Tiësto, Zedd, Hardwell, Diplo.
June 19–21 Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and Florida Georgia Line headline the three-day country big top.
Logan Square Arts Festival
June 26–28 Bongripper, Helado Negro and Sam Prekop lead the lineup at this hip neighborhood street festival.
Taste of Chicago 2015
July 8–12 Weezer, Spoon and Erykah Badu will serenade you meal at the downtown food fest.
July 10–12 Riot Fest delivers a massive bill of Latin American rock en español, pop and electro in Pilsen.
Mamby on the Beach
July 11, 12 Passion Pit and Empire of the Sun, Phantogram, Röyksopp, James Murphy and more hit the beach
July 11, 12 Dead Moon, Nobunny and Swirlies stop through West Town at this Empty Bottle-booked affair.
Pitchfork Music Festival 2015
July 17–19 Chicago's festival for indie rock and new bands. Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, Chance the Rapper headline.
Wicker Park Fest
July 25, 26 Cure the post-Pitchfork blues with sets from Blonde Redhead, Charles Bradley, Deafheaven and Veruca Salt.
July 31–Aug 2 Lollapalooza 2015 delivers the heat with a lineup full of buzz bands.
Chicago Jazz Festival 2015
Sept 3–6 In its 37th year, the Labor Day Weekend tradition bops on.
North Coast Music Festival
Sept 4–6 Chicago's annual celebration of hip-hop, jam bands and electronic music returns to Union Park Labor Day Weekend.
Riot Fest 2015
Sept 11–13 No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Snoop Dog and Motörhead headline the Douglas Park fest.
Farm Aid 30
Spet 19 The annual benefit concert brings Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Dave Matthews to Northerly Island.
The Pygmalion Festival 2015
Sept 23–27 This little music (and literature) festival in Champaign puts together a stellar lineup that is like a medium size Pitchfork. Ride headlines.