Chicago summer music festivals: Concert event calendar

Chicago is home to dozens of annual music festivals. Discover the best of Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, North Coast, Spring Awakening, Taste of Chicago and more.



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With a major event every weekend, Chicago is the capital of summer music festivals. From Lollapalooza down to neighborhood rib fests, hundreds of acts grace our outdoor stages. Heck, we host three EDM festivals alone—Electric Daisy Carnival, Wavefront and Spring Awakening. You can take in a free street party or splurge on a VIP experience and still catch the best bands going today. With our guide you can find out who is playing the Taste, and why the Taste of Randolph beats its big brother. So pick up some festival clothing and hit the streets, parks and beaches.

Electric Daisy Carnival

The EDM dance party serves as the kick-off to summer music festivals.

Spring Awakening

Neon-dressed, pacifier-toting dance-music fans descend on Soldier Field for DJs and EDM's biggest acts.


Lollapalooza 2013 delivers the heat with a lineup full of buzz bands.

Wavefront Music Festival

Wavefront brings the electronic sounds of Chicago clubs to Lake Michigan.

Pitchfork Music Festival

Chicago's festival for indie rock and new bands.

North Coast Music Festival

Chicago's annual celebration of hip-hop, jam bands and electronic music returns to Union Park Labor Day Weekend.

Riot Fest music festival

The final Chicago summer music festival of the season is a punk rock paradise with the Replacements, Pixies, Blink 182, Fall Out Boy and more.

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