Ah, Labor Day, the end of summer. Accordingly, North Coast Music Festival bills itself as "Summer's Last Stand." (Though technically this is not the end of summer festivals, with Riot Fest arriving two weeks later.) Curated and run by a band of local club promoters—React Presents, Silver Wrapper, Cold Grums, Kingtello, Metronome Chicago—North Coast books a diverse range of acts that draws an equally diverse crowd, arguably the most varied of any Chicago music festival. Hip-hop, jam, dance, electronic music and indie rock acts come together in Union Park for a three-day party, Aug 29–31. Past headiners have included the Chemical Brothers, Bassnectar, Nas, Pretty Lights, Umphrey's McGee and Wiz Khalifa. This Labor Day Weekend, Bassnectar (him again) tops the first night, Friday, while Snoop Dogg closes the affair. Wear your brightest neon clothing and glow-sticks. Or crispiest baseball cap. Scroll down to see this year's best after-parties.
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