Our guide to summer music festivals
Lollapalooza sold out in roughly three seconds, but there are plenty of other music fests bringing major acts and up-and-comers to Chicago and the suburbs this summer.
So don your comfy shoes, forget about your to-do lists and just get in tune with the beats washing over you.
June 10-12 at Addams/Medill Park, 1301 W. 14th St., Chicago, springawakeningfestival.com
In its fifth year celebrating Chicago's electronic music scene, Spring Awakening is bringing some of the best DJs and music producers to the home of house music.
Top billing: The usual suspects top the list of national and international artists coming to town, including Steve Aoki, Above & Beyond, deadmau5 and Northbrook native Kaskade.
Local draws: Suburban and Chicago talent is ripe for the picking with sets by trance DJ Andrew Renegade, trap's 2fac3d, Ron Carroll, Xonic, DangerWayne, GoodSex, Dani Deahl, Milk N Cooks and more.
Tickets: $199-$250 for three-day general admission wristbands; three-day VIP access starts at $325.
Marcia Ball heats up the stage at Blues on the Fox in Aurora.
Blues on the Fox
June 17-18 at RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, riveredgeaurora.com
Easy, breezy RiverEdge Park in Aurora is a prime place to catch some soul-waking blues.
Top billing: Blues guitarist Robert Cray and his reputation as a hot and fiery live performer should pack in the crowds Friday night, bolstered by Marcia Ball's sassy Louisiana swamp blues. Even married couples can have the blues, as Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi show when the Tedeschi Trucks Band headlines Saturday's full day of rockin' blues.
Local draws: Guitarist Scott Tipping and his local musical collective Leland pay tribute to "The Leland Sessions," a collection of blues hits recorded in Aurora in the 1930s. Be sure to catch these gifted local artists.
Tickets: $10-$20 for Friday, $30-$40 for Saturday.
Robert DeLong heads to PIQNIQ June 18.
- Associated Press
101 WKQX PIQNIQ
June 18 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park, 101wkqx.com
Chicago's 101 WKQX-FM's PIQNIQ is proving once again that a single-day music festival has drawing power.
Top billing: "I got guns in my head and they won't go." If you don't now have those lyrics running through your head, then you probably haven't heard the Strumbellas' "Spirits," possibly one of the catchiest songs to hit the airwaves so far this year. The Strumbellas are one of the standouts in a list chock-full of standouts, including industrial rock darlings Garbage, the ubiquitous Lumineers, Robert DeLong and his catchy dance pop, Young the Giant, Bear Hands and more.
Sheryl Crow headlines Naperville's Ribfest in July.
July 1-4 at Knoch Park on West Street, Naperville, ribfest.net
Naperville's Exchange Club has pretty much mastered the art of putting together this midsummer collection of rock 'n' roll, country tunes and good old barbecue.
Top billing: This fest's headliners include the fun, chill-rocking Sheryl Crow, '90s alternative rockers Sister Hazel, Lee Brice and 3 Doors Down. The Gin Blossoms/Tonic pairing rounds out the Fourth of July entertainment. Local rockers Tres Moustache and Seventh Heaven also feature high on the Navistar Main Stage lineup.
Local draws: Naperville's own Within 4 Days heads back to Ribfest for another year of eclectic rock. You can get your country rock fix with the Thirsty Boots Band from St. Charles. Psychedelic prog-rock band The Ents play Saturday along with JJ & Dre. And barbecue is best washed down with down-home Chicago blues, courtesy of Mike Wheeler and Toronzo Cannon.
Tickets: Gate entry is $20; free for children 11 and younger. Show tickets are extra; see the website for special pricing.
Wild Belle, featuring Barrington natives Natalie and Elliot Bergman, plays Mamby on the Beach July 2-3.
- courtesy of Tom Oxley
Mamby on the Beach
July 2-3 at Oakwood Beach, 4100 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, mambybeach.com
Get ready to feel the sand between your toes (and everywhere else) when Mamby on the Beach returns for its second year rocking Chicago's lakefront.
Top billing: Milky Chance's "Stolen Dance" was all over the radio last year, and with their headlining slot you can dive deeper into the German reggae-electronic band's catalog. Barrington's Wild Belle also earned a high slot on Saturday's lineup. Australian electronic artist Chet Faker steals the spotlight Sunday night, with a lead-in from Santigold, Chromeo and Chicago's own Lupe Fiasco.
Local draws: The MixMag DJ Tent will be home to lots of homegrown talent, including legendary house producers Gene Farris, Derrick Carter and The Black Madonna.
Tickets: General admission single-day wristbands are $65; VIP single-day admission is $150. GA two-day wristbands start at $125; VIP two-day wristbands start at $229.
Chicago Open Air
July 15-17 at Toyota Park, 7000 Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, chicagoopenair.com
Stretch your headbanging muscles and dust off your moshing shoes: Chicago Open Air is rolling into town. And it's bringing craft beer and "man food" with it.
Top billing: In its debut year, the Open Air lineup is heavy with metal and hard rock, featuring the likes of Rammstein (in their only U.S. performance of 2016), Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Korn and more. This should be a more-than-adequate replacement for this year's missing Mayhem Festival.
Local draw: Chicago heavy metal band Disturbed was tapped as a Saturday headliner, while Grayslake post-grunge rockers Chevelle and Chicago's princes of industrial metal Ministry factor high on Friday's lineup.
Tickets: Single-day passes are sold out, but weekend passes start at $149.50; weekend VIP packages start at $399.50.
Singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens returns to Illinois for the Pitchfork Music Festival in July.
Pitchfork Music Festival
July 15-17 at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., Chicago, pitchforkmusicfestival.com
By keeping lineups tight, the Pitchfork Music Festival has established itself as Chicago's premier indie rock outlet, with a few poppy and electronica elements tossed in for fun.
Top billing: Dream pop band Beach House is headlining Friday night, but don't forget to count how many members Canadian indie (We're not a supergroup!) supergroup Broken Social Scene brings along for the show. Singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens delivers poppy folk Saturday, perhaps showcasing a few songs off his "Illinoise" album. And former Beach Boy Brian Wilson is sure to draw some crowds.
Local draws: A few local artists have made the Pitchfork list this year, including garage rockers Twin Peaks, hip-hop songwriter BJ the Chicago Kid and rock band Whitney.
Tickets: Single-day passes run $65, with three-day passes for $165 if purchased in advance.
Twin Peaks will represent Chicago's music scene at the Pitchfork Music Festival.
Vans Warped Tour
July 23 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park, vanswarpedtour.com
The Vans Warped Tour is traditionally full of bombastic energy, with a lineup packed with punk, pop-punk, metalcore, rock and alternative bands. The tour itself caters to younger crowds, featuring a Reverse Daycare Tent, where parents accompanying kids can chill in air-conditioned comfort.
Top billing: With seven different stages, plan your schedule carefully so you don't miss your favorite headliners, including Good Charlotte, Less Than Jake, New Found Glory and more.
Local draws: Check out Knuckle Puck, Real Friends, Veil of Maya and The Color Morale for some local flavor.
Tickets: $41.50 for general admission.
North Coast Music Festival
Sept. 2-4 at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., Chicago, northcoastfestival.com
Fill Labor Day weekend with music when the three-day North Coast pops up to visit.
Top billing: Electronic artists Odesza, Bassnectar and Zedd snagged the headlining slots, but make time to catch crowd favorites Umphrey's McGee and the always lovable Matt & Kim.
Local draw: Chicago favorites The Trap House, CZBOOGIE and more will keep you on your feet.
Tickets: Three-day general admission passes are $159; VIP weekend passes run $259.
Plainfield's pop-punk go-getters Marina City earned a slot at Riot Fest in September.
- Courtesy of Marina City
Riot Fest and Carnival
Sept. 16-18 at Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Drive, Chicago, riotfest.org
The best billing I've seen all year belongs to the eclectic Riot Fest.
Top billing: Catch some punk with the newly reunited Misfits, hear Rob Zombie perform his "Astro-Creep: 2000," or head to sets from Fitz & the Tantrums, Ween, Social Distortion, Pierce the Veil, Method Man and Redman, The Hold Steady and many, many more.
Local draws: Chicago's local scene is well-represented with the Northwest suburban pop-punk band Smoking Popes, reggae rockers Deal's Gone Bad, The Walters, Sleepy Kitty, School of Rock and Marina City.
Tickets: Three-day general admission tickets start at $169.98; VIP access goes for $299.98.
More not-to-miss music fests
Two Brothers Summer Festival: June 3-4 at RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, twobrothersbrewing.com
Do Division: June 3-5 on Division Street from Damen to Leavitt in Chicago, do-divisionstreetfest.com
Chicago Blues Festival: June 10-12 at Grant Park, Jackson and Columbus avenues, Chicago, cityofchicago.org
Country LakeShake: June 17-19 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S. Linn White Drive, Chicago, lakeshakefestival.com
B.A.M. Fest: June 17-19, at McHenry Extreme Sports and Event Park, 1911 W. Fernview Lane, Holiday Hills; bamfest2016.com
Taste of Randolph: June 17-19 at 900 W. Randolph St., Chicago, tasterandolph.com
Wicker Park Green Music Fest: June 18-19 on Damen Avenue between North Avenue and Schiller Street, Chicago, greenmusicfestchicago.com
Logan Square Arts Festival: June 24-26 at Logan Square, Chicago, logansquareartsfestival.com
Motoblot Road Show: June 24-26 outside the Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, motoblot.com
World's Largest Block Party: June 25 at the UIC Festival Lot, 1145 S. Morgan St., between Taylor Street and Roosevelt Road, Chicago, worldslargestblockparty.com
B96 Pepsi Summer Bash: June 26 at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, b96.cbslocal.com
American Music Festival: June 30-July 3 at FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, fitzgeraldsnightclub.com
MoonRunners Music Festival: July 1-3 at Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint, 2105 S. State St., Chicago, moonrunnersmusicfestival.com
Taste of Chicago: July 6-10 at Grant Park, Jackson and Columbus avenues, Chicago, cityofchicago.org
West Fest: July 8-10 on Chicago Avenue between Damen and Wood, Chicago, westfestchicago.com
Square Roots Festival: July 8-10 on Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson avenues, Chicago, squareroots.org
Laid Back Festival: July 16 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S. Linn White Drive, Chicago, laidbackfest.com
Taste of River North: July 22-24 at Ward Park, 630 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago, tasteofrivernorth.com
Wicker Park Fest: July 23-24 on Milwaukee Avenue from North Avenue to Paulina Street, wickerparkbucktown.com
Lollapalooza: July 28-31 at Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St., Chicago, lollapalooza.com
Summer Stomp Music & Camping Festival: Aug. 5-7 at McHenry Extreme Sports and Event Park, 1911 W. Fernview Lane, Holiday Hills, mackeyshideout.com
Homegrown Arts & Music Festival: Aug. 6 at BaseCamp Pub & Eatery, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle, homegrownartsandmusicfestival.com
Last Fling: Sept. 2-5 at Rotary Hill, 440 W. Aurora Ave., Naperville, lastfling.org