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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

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Riot Fest

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 15–17, 2017. The festival will return to Douglas Park (conveniently located near one of the city's best breweries) for the third consecutive year. Whether you prefer punk rock, indie bands or hip-hop, you'll probably find something worth checking out on the extensive lineup.

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When is Riot Fest 2017?

Riot Fest occurs from September 15–17, 2017.

Where is Riot Fest 2017?

For the second year in a row, Riot Fest will take place in Douglas Park on Chicago's West Side.

How do I get to Riot Fest 2017?

The easiest way to get to Riot Fest is to take the Pink Line train to California, which is just a short walk away from the festival's entrance. By bus, the fest is accessible via the 12, 18, 49 and 94 routes. By Metra, the BNSF Western Avenue station is also an option.

Riot Fest 2016

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The 30 best photos form Riot Fest 2016

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From mohawks to leather jackets, we found the most stylish folks in Douglas Park

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Take a look at sun-soaked shots from the final day of the fest

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Riot Grrrls, cover bands and some delicious steak tacos

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Photos from Riot Fest 2016, Saturday

Check out the mosh pits, mohawks and madness from day two

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The five best things we saw on Saturday at Riot Fest

The presence of Moz, decadent funnel cakes and more wild things

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Photos from Riot Fest 2016, Friday
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Photos from Riot Fest 2016, Friday

Buckets of blood and confetti were spilled on day one

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The five best things we saw on Friday at Riot Fest

A bear skull, a gory set from GWAR and more great stuff

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Take a look at the Riot Fest 2016 festival map
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Take a look at the Riot Fest 2016 festival map

Find where you'll drink, pee, eat and see bands

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12 acts you must see at Riot Fest 2016

We narrowed the extensive lineup down to the essentials

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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
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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

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Riot Fest 2014

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