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Riot Fest music festival

Riot Fest is second biggest rock and roll event of the Chicago summer, bringing an eclectic lineup to Douglas Park

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Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.

North Coast Music Festival bills itself as Summer's Last Stand, but that is not technically true. The Riot Fest music festival heads outside for its annual celebration on September 16–18, 2016. This year, the festival returns to Douglas Park, after a successful first year in the new location. In a short time, Riot Fest has overtaken Pitchfork Music Festival for the title of second biggest gig in town, and it's starting to give Lollapalooza a run for its money. last year, No Doubt, Modest Mouse, System of a Down, Snoop Dogg and Motörhead headlined the expansive bill—we're curious to see if that can be topped. Check out photos from past fests in our comprehensive guide.

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Riot Fest 2016

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Riot Fest will return to Douglas Park in 2016

The festival is planning a triumphant return to its new home

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Riot Fest 2015

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The best festival style at Riot Fest 2015

From mohawks to denim vest, we spotted some killer fashion in Douglas Park

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Riot Fest 2015, Sunday: Faces in the crowd

Modest Mouse and the Prodigy closed out the most beautiful day of the fest

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The 5 best things we saw on Sunday at Riot Fest

Beautiful weather and a gorgeous set from Modest Mouse closed out day three

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Riot Fest 2015, Saturday: Faces in the crowd

Punks and rockers turned out to see System of a Down and Iggy Pop

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5 best things on Saturday at Riot Fest

Meat Wave, a side show, a shirtless Iggy Pop and more of the best stuff from day two

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Riot Fest 2015, Friday: Faces in the crowd

No Doubt and Motörhead rocked out in the mud

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5 best things on Friday at Riot Fest

Motörhead, great beer and more of the best stuff from day one

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13 must-see acts at Riot Fest 2015

Start planning your weekend with our guide to the fest's essential bands

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Riot Fest 2014

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Riot Fest 2014 Saturday faces in the crowd

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Riot Fest 2014 Friday faces in the crowd

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Riot Fest 2014 Sunday faces in the crowd

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Riot Fest 2014 street style

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10 must-see acts at Riot Fest 2014

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Complete schedule and set times

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Riot Fest 2014 day by day lineup

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Riot Fest announces 2014 headliners and lineup

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Riot Fest 2013 pictures

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The best punks in the crowd

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