While the Millennium Park Summer Music Series may be the most popular option for free concerts, not all of the season's best gratis shows take place outdoors. Since opening its doors in 2017, House of Vans Chicago has presented the annual Summer House Parties series inside a converted West Loop warehouse, bringing a lineup of hip-hop, indie rock and punk acts to the stage.
Today, House of Vans Chicago revealed the lineup for its 2019 Summer House Parties series, which kicks off on May 31 with a show headlined by West Coast rapper Vince Staples. Other highlights include reunited ‘90s alt-rockers the Breeders, rapper and drummer Anderson .Paak (who also headlines Huntington Bank Pavilion on June 4), a tribute to the Vans Warped Tour overseen by Taking Back Sunday and one of the only reunion shows that New York dance-punk band the Rapture will play this summer. There's also an unannounced surprise guest slated to perform on August 15—your guess is as good as ours.
Just like last year, the headlining performer at each House of Vans concert will act as the event's curator, selecting the opening acts and the visual artists tapped to create murals and installations. The complete bill for each concert will be revealed when RSVPs open, which typically occurs about two weeks before each concert.
Tickets to every show are free with an RSVP via the House of Vans website, though admission is first come, first served, so you'll need to line up early to lock down a spot.
Check out the complete House of Vans Summer House Parties series lineup below and prepare for some sweaty warehouse show (where you definitely won't have to worry about getting sunburned).
Vince Staples (RSVP open May 15)
The Breeders (RSVP open May 29)
Julien Baker (RSVP open June 5)
BANKS (RSVP open June 19)
Taking Back Sunday (RSVP open June 26)
Anderson .Paak (RSVP open July 10)
The Rapture (RSVP open July 17)
Surprise special guest (RSVP open TBA)
Converge (RSVP open August 14)