Chicago Summer '19 Music Festival Roundup

Chicago Summer '19 Music Festival Roundup

Classes are over in a month, rejoice! What better way is there to ring in summer break than splurging on music festival tickets? A fixture of the Chicago summer calendar, music festival season draws in countless acts across all manner of genres. Into EDM and/or Country? Or maybe you’re a devoted fan of Chicago Blues? You’re bound to find something you like either way. Keep scrolling for some of the major festivals coming to town this summer.

Spring Awakening

June 7-9, Poplar Creek

If you’re looking for non-stop EDM to get you through the end of the quarter (yike), Spring Awakening has everything from small house acts to top 40 regulars like Zedd, Galantis and DJ Snake. Get your tickets here.

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Chicago Blues Festival

June 7-9, Millennium Park

Chicago has long-been a haven for Blues artists, and this annual festival is a fixture in the city’s music scene. The full 2019 schedule has yet to be announced, but admission is free and previous lineups included locally and nationally acclaimed artists such as Corey Dennison Band, Mississippi Heat with Billy Flynn and Giles Corey, Selwyn Birchwood and Mavis Staples.

Country LakeShake

June 21-23, Huntington Bank Pavilion

LakeShake is celebrating five years in business this summer with major Country music headliners Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Lauren Alaina, Keith Urban, Brett Young, Luke Bryan and more. Get tickets here.

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Ruido Fest

June 21-23, Union Park

Lovers of Latin music should swing by Ruido Fest for performances by Los Tigres Del Norte, Hombres G and Enanitos Verdes, among others. Offering over a dozen food vendors, swing by for an incredible culinary experience as well. Get your tickets here.

Windy City Smokeout

July 12-14, United Center

Windy City Smokeout is an annual mecca for fans of country music, BBQ and craft beer. Headliners this year include Chris Young, Old Dominion and Cole Swindell. Get your tickets here.


July 19-21, Union Park

Swing by Pitchfork if you’re looking for something low-key and you’re not trying to break the bank at Lolla. Typically drawing acts from the R&B, Hip Hop and Indie world, Pitchfork also boasts a great arts and crafts market where you can peruse band posters designed by local artists, vintage clothing, vinyls and more. Headliners this year include HAIM, Mavis Staples, The Isley Brothers, Belle & Sebastian, Robyn and Charli XCX. Get tickets here.

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August 1-4, Grant Park

The crown jewel of Chicago’s music festival scene, Lolla is hard to miss. This year’s lineup includes appearances from Coachella headliners Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and Tame Impala, in addition to Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes, Flume, The Chainsmokers and J Balvin. Keep scrolling through the lineup and you’re bound to end up out of breath. Get tickets here.

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North Coast Music Festival

August 30-September 1, Northerly Island

The perfect way to wrap up a Chicago summer, North Coast offers an array of musical acts that span musical genres and conventions. Past lineups have included Miguel, DJ Snake, Jamiroquai, Odesza, Bassnectar and Vulfpeck. Stayed tuned for more updates.

Chicago Jazz Festival

August 23-September 1

Hosted at the Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park and other venues around town, the weeklong Chicago Jazz Fest lineup features Dianne Reeves, Ramsey Lewis, Obert Davis and Kurt Elling among an impressive roster of musicians and ensembles and admission is free! Read more about the event here.

Riot Fest

September 13-15, Douglas Park

Specializing in punk, rock, alternative, metal, and hip-hop acts, Riot Fest also features carnival rides and exciting sideshow performers. Presale tickets are available now and the lineup is soon to be announced. Last year’s headliners included Weezer, Beck, Young the Giant, Run the Jewels and Incubus.

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