Summer music festivals you should watch for

  • Suburban electronic artist Mielo performs Sunday, June 10, at Chicago's Spring Awakening Music Festival.

    Suburban electronic artist Mielo performs Sunday, June 10, at Chicago's Spring Awakening Music Festival. Courtesy of Mielo

  • Sleep On It joins the Warped Tour again this summer on July 21.

    Sleep On It joins the Warped Tour again this summer on July 21. Courtesy of Penelope Martinez

  • Spoon is one of the headliners at Mamby on the Beach June 23 and 24.

    Spoon is one of the headliners at Mamby on the Beach June 23 and 24. Courtesy of Zackery Michael

 
 
Updated 6/8/2018 12:28 PM

Summer music festival season is officially here. Here's a look at some of the biggies in the city and the suburbs.

Spring Awakening

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

June 8-10 at Addams-Medill Park, 1301 W. 14th St., Chicago; springawakeningfestival.com

Top billing: Tiesto, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Gareth Emery, Pete Tong, Big Gigantic and more

Local draws: Chicago stakes its claim on electronic talent with sets from Kaskade, Stratus, Win and Woo, Xonic, GoodSex, Tsunami, Porn N Chicken, Mielo and more.

Tickets: Single-day general admission passes are $89-$99; single-day VIP passes start at $139. Three-day passes are sold out.

Blues on the Fox

June 15-16 at RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora; riveredgeaurora.com

Aaron Neville headlines Blues on the Fox at RiverEdge Park June 16.
Aaron Neville headlines Blues on the Fox at RiverEdge Park June 16.
by signing up you agree to our terms of service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Top billing: Aaron Neville, Sonny Landreth, Elle King, Samantha Fish, Brandon "Taz" Niederauer

Local draws: You may have seen Toronzo Cannon around town, but if you've never seen him at home at a blues festival, you're in for a treat.

Tickets: $30 per day

Mamby on the Beach

June 23-24 at Oakwood Beach, 4100 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago; mambybeach.com

Top billing: Common, Spoon, Cold War Kids, Grizzly Bear, Russ, St. Lucia and more

Local draws: Gene Farris, DJ Hyperactive, Hiroko Yamamura, Windy City Soul Club and more rep Chicago on this year's lineup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Tickets: Single-day passes are $79 per day, with VIP starting at $119. Two-day general admission passes are $109; $189 for two-day VIP passes.

Marina City takes the PIQNIQ stage June 30 in Tinley Park.
Marina City takes the PIQNIQ stage June 30 in Tinley Park. - Courtesy of Marina City
101-WKQX PIQNIQ

June 30 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park; 101wkqx.com

Top billing: AWOLNATION, Dashboard Confessional, Bush, The Neighborhood, The Front Bottoms and more

Local draw: Plainfield's Marina City brings electric pop to the big stage.

Tickets: Start at $20

Naperville's Ribfest

July 4-July 7 at Knoch Park on West Street, Naperville; ribfest.net

Top billing: Steven Tyler & the Loving Mary Band, Pitbull, Stray Cats, Melissa Etheridge, Jake Owen and more

Local draws: Libido Funk Circus, 7th heaven, Billy Croft & the 5 Alarm, Lime Forest, Wild Daisy and more

Tickets: Gate entry $15-$75. Show tickets are extra; see the website for pricing packages.

Pitchfork Music Festival

July 20-22 at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., Chicago; pitchforkmusicfestival.com

Top billing: Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett, Fleet Foxes, Blood Orange, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan and more

Local draws: A few area bands represent Chicago talent, including Melkbelly, Irreversible Entanglements and more.

Tickets: $75 for single-day general admission passes; three-day passes for $175; Pitchfork-Plus pass for $375.

Vans Warped Tour

July 21 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park; vanswarpedtour.com

Top billing: 3OH!3, Simple Plan, State Champs, The Maine, Senses Fail and more

Local draws: Sleep On It returns to the touring fest stage with a slot on Warped, along with Knuckle Puck, Real Friends and Harm's Way.

Tickets: $45-$55.

North Coast Music Festival

Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., Chicago; northcoastfestival.com

Top billing: Jamiroquai, Miguel, The Strumbellas, Robert DeLong, Gramatik and more

Local draws: Chicago provides loads of back-to-back action to the lineup with Porn N Chicken vs. 2FAC3D, Bentley Dean vs. Steve Gerard and Ron Carroll vs. DIZ.

Tickets: $45-$55 for single-day general admission; $65-$95 for VIP. $129 for three-day general admission; $199 for three-day VIP.

Riot Fest and Carnival

Sept. 14-16 at Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Drive, Chicago; riotfest.org

Top billing: Beck, blink-182, Elvis Costello, Incubus, Interpol, Blondie, Father John Misty, Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion, Bleachers, Cypress Hill ... and this is just the first wave of the lineup.

Local draws: Twin Peaks and Beach Bunny head up the charge of Chicago and suburban artists.

Tickets: Three-day general admission is $159; three-day VIP packages start at $329.98.

Fests to watch

• Chicago Blues Festival: June 8-10 at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago, cityofchicago.org

• Taste of Randolph: June 15-17 at 900 W. Randolph St., Chicago, starevents.com

• World's Largest Block Party: June 22-23 at the Old St. Pat's Campus, at Monroe and Desplaines streets, Chicago, worldslargestblockparty.com

• Country LakeShake: June 22-24 at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S. Linn White Drive, Chicago, lakeshakefestival.com

• Long Grove Strawberry Fest: June 22-24 in downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Road, longgrove.org

• Logan Square Arts Festival: June 22-24 at Logan Square, Chicago, logansquareartsfestival.com

• Motoblot Road Show: June 22-24 outside the Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, motoblot.com

• Ruido Fest: June 22-24 at Addams/Medill Park, 1301 W. 14th St., Chicago, ruidofest.com

• B96 Pepsi Summer Bash: June 23 at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, b96.radio.com

• Lisle's Eyes to the Skies: June 27-July 1 at Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle, eyestotheskies.org

• American Music Festival: June 29-July 1 and July 3 at FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, fitzgeraldsnightclub.com

• Windy City Ribfest: June 29-July 1 at 4800 N. Broadway, Chicago, chicagoevents.org

• West Fest: July 6-8 on Chicago Avenue between Damen and Wood, Chicago, westfestchicago.com

• Taste of Chicago: July 11-15 at Grant Park, Jackson and Columbus avenues, Chicago, cityofchicago.org

• Square Roots Festival: July 13-15 on Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson avenues, Chicago, squareroots.org

• Windy City Smokeout: July 13-15 at 560 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, windycitysmokeout.com

• Taste of River North: July 20-22 at Ward Park, 630 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago, tasteofrivernorth.com

• Homegrown Arts & Music Festival: July 21 at BaseCamp Pub & Eatery, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle, homegrownartsandmusicfestival.com

• Wicker Park Fest: July 27-29 on Milwaukee Avenue from North Avenue to Paulina Street, wickerparkbucktown.com

• Lollapalooza: Aug. 2-5 at Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St., Chicago, lollapalooza.com

• Summer Stomp Music & Camping Festival: Aug. 3-4 at McHenry Extreme Sports and Event Park, 1911 W. Fernview Lane, Holiday Hills, mackeyshideout.com

• Resurrection Tour Fest: Aug. 5 at BaseCamp Pub & Eatery, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle, basecamppub.com

• Last Fling: Aug. 31-Sept. 3 at Rotary Hill, 440 W. Aurora Ave., Naperville, lastfling.org

• Würst Music and Beer Fest: Sept. 8-10 at Randolph and Ogden, Chicago. starevents.com

• Long Grove Apple Fest: Sept. 21-23 in downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Road, longgrove.org

• Punk the Burbs Fest: Sept. 22 at BaseCamp Pub & Eatery, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle, ticketweb.com

0 Comments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.