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Rock on at Chicago’s best summer music festivals

Explore the best summer music festivals in Chicago—from Lollapalooza to Pitchfork to Riot Fest.

Emma Krupp
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Emma Krupp

Chicago's summer festival season got a later-than-usual start in 2021, so we're happy to report that the city's back to a full roster of music fests spanning May through September this year. Not sure where to start? Kick off the season with the inaugural reggaeton-focused Sueños Music Festival over Memorial Day weekend, or head to West Town for Do Division Street Fest in early June. As summer goes on, make room in your schedule for returning events like the Logan Square Arts Festival and Square Roots Festival—both of which haven't held in-person festivities since 2019—and reimagined festivals like Hyde Park Summer Fest (formerly known as Hyde Park Brew Fest), plus big-name festivals Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Music Festival and Riot Fest. And if you're hoping to save money, don't forget about Chicago's free summer music festival programming! We'll keep updating this list as more festivals announce lineups—in the meantime, take a look through some of the best summer music festivals coming to Chicago in 2022. 

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