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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 16–18, 2016. This year, the festival returns to Douglas Park (conveniently located near one of the city's best breweries) after a successful first year in the new location. Headliners include a reunited lineup of the Misfits, Morrissey, Ween, Death Cab For Cutie and Rob Zombie. 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 2016?

Riot Fest occurs from September 16–18, 2016.

Where is Riot Fest 2016?

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 2016?

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.

How much are tickets to Riot Fest 2016?

A three-day general admission ticket to Riot Fest will cost you $169.98–$189.98. VIP three-day tickets go for $299.98–$329.98. Prices increase as the festival draws closer, the buying your tickets as soon as possible will save you some money. Single day tickets will go on sale at a later date.

Riot Fest 2016

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Riot Fest 2015

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Riot Fest 2014

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