Chicago summer music festivals

Chicago is home to dozens of annual music festivals. Find dates, lineups and photos from Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, North Coast, Spring Awakening, the Taste and more.

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Soak up sounds and sun at one of Chicago's many summer music festivals.

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

Things to do

Do Division Street Fest 2015

May 29–31 Temples, Tobacco, Nick Waterhouse, the Dodos and more hit the street.

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Chicago Blues Fest 2015

June 12–14 In its 32st year, the Grant Park tradition celebrates the legacies of Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon.

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Spring Awakening 2015

June 12–14 Neon-clad EDM heads descend on Soldier Field for Tiësto, Zedd, Hardwell, Diplo.

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LakeShake Festival

June 19–21 Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and Florida Georgia Line headline the three-day country big top.

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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?

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RuidoFest

July 10–12 Riot Fest delivers a massive bill of Latin American rock en español, pop and electro in Pilsen.

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Mamby on the Beach

July 11, 12 Passion Pit and Empire of the Sun, Phantogram, Röyksopp, James Murphy and more hit the beach

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2015

July 17–19 Chicago's festival for indie rock and new bands. Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, Chance the Rapper headline.

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Lollapalooza 2015

July 31–Aug 2 Lollapalooza 2015 delivers the heat with a lineup full of buzz bands.

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Chicago Jazz Festival 2015

Sept 3–6 In its 37th year, the Labor Day Weekend tradition bops on.

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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.

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Riot Fest 2015

Sept 11–13 The final fest of the season is a punk rock paradise.

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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.

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