• Music Festivals That You Must Hit Up This Summer

    By: WCIU Staff | June 7, 2018

    You cannot spend a summer in Chicago without hitting up at least one music festival. Chicagoans take full advantage of the warm weather by hitting the streets and vibing out to the hottest music around. From Lollapalooza to the Chicago Jazz Festival, there is something for everybody. Here are a few festivals that you must check out. Keep checking back for more! 

  • 1 Spring Awakening Music Festival

    June 8-10

    Recharge, Chicago. The three-day dance music festival returns to the city for its 7th year. Spring Awakening Music Festival is the largest EDM festival in the Midwest and is back bigger than ever. Headliners include notable artists like Tiësto, Afrojack, Zeds Dead, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Hardwell and Chicago native, Kaskade. The infectious beats and rhythmic vibes will keep Chicago jumping Friday through Sunday at Addams-Medill Park. If you can’t make it to the festival, you can catch your favorite artists at after parties across the city each night. See tickets and the festival map.

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    1301 W. 14th St. Chicago, IL 60608
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  • 2 Mamby on the Beach

    June 23-24

    What makes Chicago better than New York and L.A.? The fact that we have city skylines, a beach and a festival that embraces both. Mamby on the Beach proves to be the most diverse music festival year after year. The impeccable mix of hip-hop, indie and live-electronic music acts along with beachside fun unites all music lovers. The fourth annual two-day festival features acts you can’t miss like hometown favorite Common, Cold War Kids, Spoon and Chicago’s-own DJ producer, Whethan. See tickets.


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    4100 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60653
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  • 3 Lollapalooza

    August 2-5

    Four days of festival bliss – Lollapalooza brings the hottest chart-toppers of the year to Grant Park. Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, ODESZA, Travis Scott, Zedd and more will perform in front of hundreds of thousands for epic acts ensuring an unforgettable weekend. The eclectic festival includes eight stages, 30-plus food vendors and infinite fun. See tickets.

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    337 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601
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  • 4 North Coast Music Festival

    Aug 31 – Sep 2

    No labor here. The three-day North Coast Music Festival combines funk, rock and dance vibes in Union Park for its ninth year over Labor Day Weekend. Can’t-miss acts include Jamiroquai, DJ Snake, Miguel, Axwell X Ingrosso and DJ Mike P’s acclaimed up-and-coming artist of 2018, Juice Wrld. Between your favorite music sets, explore the space of NCMF’s pop-up art gallery, yoga and more. See tickets.

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    1501 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60606
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  • 5 Chicago Jazz Festival

    August 30 - September 2

    If jazz music is more your speed, check out the Chicago Jazz Festival! Chicago native and jazz legend Ramsey Lewis will be performing, along with other national and international talent! It is all happening in Millenium Park and free to attend! 

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    201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60602
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