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Riot Fest expands to massive footprint in Humboldt Park

Written by
Brent DiCrescenzo

Today, the organizers of Riot Fest released a map of its 2014 festival grounds. One thing immediately jumps out: It's much, much bigger. And it features mini-golf, a haunted house, a vintage arcade and a wine bar. Oh, and two Ferris wheels. Over the past couple years, Riot Fest has been confined to the area of Humboldt Park sound of Division Street. Now, the sprawling rock extravaganza and circus (literally, there is a circus) fills the far more capacious realm north of Division, stretching to North Avenue in the north and California and Kedzie Avenues to the east and west. How much bigger is that space? 162 acres (minus the watery bits, of course) versus the 38 acres of old. To put that in perspective, Lollapalooza takes up 115 acres in Grant Park.

Seven stages (not counting the "Pussy Riot Panel Stage") will hold the dozens of punk, metal and indie acts that hit the park September 12–14. VIP lounges hug the lagoons to either side of Sacramento Avenue, which will obviously be shut down for the festival. Tickets for Riot Fest are $189.98 for three-day passes, $39.50 for single day admission. The Cure, the National, Jane's Addiction, the Flaming Lips, Weezer and more headline.

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