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.
RECOMMENDED: See more of Chicago's best summer concerts
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
The best fashion at Riot Fest 2016
From mohawks to leather jackets, we found the most stylish folks in Douglas Park
Photos from Riot Fest 2016, Sunday
Take a look at sun-soaked shots from the final day of the fest
The five best things we saw on Sunday at Riot Fest
Riot Grrrls, cover bands and some delicious steak tacos
Photos from Riot Fest 2016, Saturday
Check out the mosh pits, mohawks and madness from day two
The five best things we saw on Saturday at Riot Fest
The presence of Moz, decadent funnel cakes and more wild things
Photos from Riot Fest 2016, Friday
Buckets of blood and confetti were spilled on day one
The five best things we saw on Friday at Riot Fest
A bear skull, a gory set from GWAR and more great stuff
Take a look at the Riot Fest 2016 festival map
Find where you'll drink, pee, eat and see bands
Riot Fest 2015
Riot Fest 2015, Sunday: Faces in the crowd
Modest Mouse and the Prodigy closed out the most beautiful day of the fest
The 5 best things we saw on Sunday at Riot Fest
Beautiful weather and a gorgeous set from Modest Mouse closed out day three
Riot Fest 2015, Saturday: Faces in the crowd
Punks and rockers turned out to see System of a Down and Iggy Pop
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
Riot Fest 2015, Friday: Faces in the crowd
No Doubt and Motörhead rocked out in the mud
5 best things on Friday at Riot Fest
Motörhead, great beer and more of the best stuff from day one
13 must-see acts at Riot Fest 2015
Start planning your weekend with our guide to the fest's essential bands