Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago for its eleventh year in 2016. There are a few things you can expect to see at Pitchfork—a guy with a beard in short shorts; the summer collection from Urban Outfitters; and, most importantly, the hottest new bands in indie, hip-hop and the underground. This year, Brian Wilson performs his classic album Pet Sounds, Sufjan Stevens offers up melancholy folk and Miguel brings sexy R&B. At night, the festivities move to area dance clubs for the after-parties. Take a look at our guide to the best acts to see, best aftershows and more.
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When is Pitchfork Music Festival 2016?
This year, the Pitchfork Music Festival will occur from July 15–17, 2016. Gates open at 3pm on Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. The park closes each night at 10pm.
Where is Pitchfork Music Festival 2016?
As usual, the Pitchfork Music Festival will take up residence in Union Park, directly next to the Ashland Green and Pink Line station.
How do I get to Pitchfork Music Festival 2016?
There's not a lot of parking around Union Park, so public transportation will be your best friendly. Luckily, the festival takes place directly next to the Ashland Green and Pink Line station. If you prefer to ride the bus, the Ashland (9) and Madison (20) routes will drop you oright by the gates. Divvy riders can park their bikes at a station on the corner of Lake Street and Ashland Avenue, while bike owners will find racks on the northwest corner of Union Park.
How much are Pitchfork Music Festival 2016 tickets?
A one day ticket to Friday, Saturday or Sunday costs $65, while a three-day pass is $165.
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