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Spring Awakening Music Festival 2016

Spring Awakening Music Festival brings DJs, dancers and pyrotechnics to town for a weekend of bass drops and beats

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Ravers showed up catch EDM acts in Solider Field at Spring Awakening Music Festival 2015.

Have you ever been riding the Red Line on a weekend in mid-June and wondered, "Why are there so many people in here wearing neon tank-tops and Japanese kitten hats?" Well, duh, it is Spring Awakening Music Festival weekend. Organized by React Presents, the city's biggest EDM festival takes place in Addams/Medill Park this year, welcoming headliners such as Deadmau5 and Steve Aoki. The party flows over into the Chicago's best dance clubs with several after-parties. Check out our recaps as well as photos of DJs, the best stages and the crazy costumes worn by the crowd.

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When is Spring Awakening Music Festival 2016? 

This year's festival takes place from June 10–12, 2016.

Where is Spring Awakening Music Festival 2016?

After spending a few years in Soldier Field, Spring Awakening is moving the 2016 festivities to Addams/Medill Park, just south of University Village. 

How do I get to Spring Awakening Music Festival 2016?

By train, the easiest way to get to Addams/Medill Park is to take the Pink Line to Polk. If you're coming by bus, the 9, 12 or 60 will drop you off within walking distance of the gates.

How much are Spring Awakening Music Festival 2016 tickets?

A general admission three-day pass is $199–$250, while a VIP pass will run you $299. Prices increase as the festival gets closer, so buy your pass now to get the best price. Single day tickets will be released closer to the fest.

Spring Awakening 2016

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Spring Awakening 2016, Saturday photos

The fest turned up the bass (and the heat) on day two

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Spring Awakening 2016, Friday photos

A hot day was capped by a performance by Deadmau5

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Spring Awakening 2016 lineup

Deadmau5, Steve Aoki and more the biggest names in EDM head to Addams/Medill Park

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Spring Awakening is moving to Jackson Park

Don't show up a Soldier Field this year—the festival is heading south

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Spring Awakening 2015

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Photos: Spring Awakening 2015

Check out the colorful attendees and pyrotechnics at this year's EDM bash

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Photos: Faces in the crowd at Spring Awakening 2015

We dove into the sea of neon bandanas and beaded bikinis

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9 acts to see at Spring Awakening 2015

Bust out your kandi bracelets and start planning out your beat-filled weekend

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Spring Awakening 2015 lineup

Zedd, Hardwell, Tiësto and Diplo headline the EDM fest

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Spring Awakening announces 2015 dates

React Presents announced the official dates for next year's festival, June 12–14, 2015. Once again, the party will go down like a Jay Cutler fumble in Soldier Field. Limited quantities of Spring Awakening tickets are now available at a price of $149.

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Looking back at Spring Awakening

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Spring Awakening 2014, Sunday: Crowd photos

Kaskade, Steve Aoki and Dillon Francis close out the EDM bash's final day

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Spring Awakening 2014, Saturday: Crowd photos

Accompanied by streamers and dancers, Pretty Lights and Diplo headline day two of summer's biggest party

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Spring Awakening 2014, Friday: Crowd photos

Tiësto and Knife Party kick off day one with dazzling light shows and a keytar-playing robot

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Spring Awakening announces 2014 lineup

Tiësto, Pretty Lights, Kaskade, Diplo, Knife Party and more

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Spring Awakening 2013, Sunday: Crowd photos

Photos and recap.

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Spring Awakening 2013, Saturday: Crowd photos

Photos of club kids, ravers, bros, dubstep heads, cosplayers and more.

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Spring Awakening 2013, Saturday: DJ pictures

Bassnectar, Flosstradamus, Nicky Romero and more.

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Spring Awakening 2013, Friday: Crowd photos

Photos of club kids, ravers, bros, dubstep heads, cosplayers and more.

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Spring Awakening 2013, Friday: DJ pictures

Moby, Nero, PANTyRAiD and more dazzle crowds.

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Archive Spring Awakening coverage

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Win a pair of tickets to Spring Awakening

Chicago's biggest and best summer EDM festival returns to Soldier Field sporting headlining sets from the likes of Zedd, Hardwell, Tiësto and Jack Ü. Sure, you could stand in the parking lot and feel the beats, but you'll want to witness all of the epic bass drops and explosive pyrotechnics firsthand. <a href="https://timeoutnorthamerica.wufoo.com/forms/zi2y5ry03r7up0/" data-mce-href="https://timeoutnorthamerica.wufoo.com/forms/zi2y5ry03r7up0/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> Spring Awakening Music Festival ticket giveaway Official Rules CONTEST RULES: One entry per person. These competitions are open to any U.S. resident (unless otherwise stated) except employees of Time Out and sponsoring organizations, their agents or anyone directly connected to these promotions. No purchase required for this promotion. Contest valid 5/26/15 through 6/4/15 at 11:59:59pm CST. Winners must be 21 years of age or older unless otherwise stated. Prizes are as described above; no cash alternatives will be given. Prizes may not be sold, traded, transferred or refunded. Any and all federal, state and local taxes are the responsibility of the winner. If for any reason winners are unable to use prizes within the time specified, the participating organizations are not responsible for providing replacement prizes. No make goods will be given in the event of a canceled or rescheduled event. Approximate retail value: $400. DISCLAIMER AND WAIVER:Time Out does not endorse or ma

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Spring Awakening Music Festival is searching for a venue, again

Back in February, the organizers behind Spring Awakening announced that the EDM festival would be moving to Jackson Park for its 2016 edition. A change in venue was necessary due to the fact that the festival's usual home, Soldier Field, will be hosting the Copa América Centenario international soccer tournament during most of June—conflicting with the event's June 10–12 dates. When local promoter React Presents announced Spring Awakening's relocation to Jackson Park, it released an elaborate promotional video, boasting that the expanded event would now offer eight stages and carnival rides. Chicago magazine is now reporting that Spring Awakening "is not scheduled to go off in Jackson Park, though organizers are still considering different parks," citing a Parks District spokesperson. A quick scan of the festival's website reveals that all mentions of Jackson Park have been removed, though tickets to the event (which is a little less than two months away) are still on sale. Chicago magazine previously reported that Alderman Leslie Hairston had not approved of the festival's relocation to her ward, while Jackson Park neighborhood groups openly opposed the move. Within the past two weeks, React Presents has revealed lineups for its North Coast and Mamby on the Beach music festivals, so the continued absence of a lineup for Spring Awakening is odd, to say the least. Organizer React Presents has not commented on Spring Awakening's lack of a venue or confirmed whether or not pre

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