July 28, 29, Detroit, Michigan
Drive from Chicago: 4.25 hours
Headliners: Bon Iver, The National, Portugal. The Man, St. Vincent
If you can't wait to see Lollapalooza-bound acts like St. Vincent, Brockhampton and the National, you can catch 'em all a weekend early in Detroit. Located in West Riverfront Park, the event also features local food trucks, a beer garden and an arcade.
You won't have any trouble finding summer music festivals to attend in Chicago, but sometimes you need a weekend getaway that takes you outside the city. Fortunately, making a temporary escape from Chicago doesn't mean that you have to miss out on outdoor concerts, enthusiastic crowds and beverages served in plastic cups. Cities across the Midwest are hosting summer music festivals of their own—and some have even managed to book acts that won't be making a stop in Chicago. Plus, unlike Lollapalooza, most of these fests still have plenty of tickets available. Explore the region with our guide to the best Midwest summer music festivals.