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.
Taste of Chicago 2015
July 8–12 Last year, we ate up the Taste's best music lineup yet. Will they deliver the goods again?
Pitchfork Music Festival 2015
July 17–19 Chicago's festival for indie rock and new bands. Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, Chance the Rapper headline.
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 The final fest of the season is a punk rock paradise.