Chicago: Land Of Festivals

Chance the Rapper, who made a surprise appearance during Flosstradamus's set at Lollapalooza last year, will be one of the four headliners as this year's festival. Courtesy of Lindsey Moringy/Lollapalooza 2016

From country to EDM and rap to rock, Chicago music festivals feature top acts across all genres. The PHOENIX has your guide to the city’s biggest music festivals returning this summer.

Spring Awakening Music Festival, Addams-Medill Park, June 9-11

More than 80 artists are scheduled to perform on the Spring Awakening Music Festival’s (SAMF) five stages. The festival, which features the many subgenres of EDM, returns with one of its best lineups yet.

What originally started as a concert series in 2008 expanded to a two-day outdoor festival at Soldier Field in 2012 and then to a three-day festival in 2013. Its growing popularity has attracted some of EDM’s top artists, and this year is no different. This year’s headliners include Mashmello, Galantis, Diplo, Martin Garrix, Alesso, Axwell Λ Ingrosso and RUFUS DU SOL. Other acts warming up the stage during the day include Datsik, Louis the Child, Afrojack, Kill the Noise and Die Antwoord.

In addition to the shows at Addams-Medill Park, SAMF will again be hosting after parties at clubs and venues around Chicago. Details for these are still to be released.

Three-day general admission passes are available for $189, with prices going up to $199 as the date of the festival gets closer. Single-day general admission passes are on sale for $69. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Country LakeShake, Hunting- ton Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, June 23-25

The country music festival Country Lakeshake, formerly known as Windy City LakeShake, will be returning for its third year at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island.

Thomas Rhett, Miranda Lambert and Rascal Flatts will be headlining this year’s festival, while Dan + Shay, Little Big Town and Big & Rich will also be making appearances. The festival will also have rides, games, numerous food and apparel vendors, a Blackhawks bar, Budweiser Clydesdales and even some line dancing.

Three-day general admission passes are available for $225 and single-day general admission passes cost $99.50. VIP lounge and grandstand passes are also available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Lollapalooza, Grant Park, August 3-6

Last year, Lollapalooza expanded from three days to four days in honor of its 25th anniversary. Just days after the 2016 music festival ended, organizers announced they would be keeping the expanded festival for the following year.

Four-day passes for Lollapalooza went on sale one day prior to the official lineup announcement. The passes quickly sold out and one-day passes did the same the next day, hours after the festival’s daily lineup was announced. The headliner generating arguably the most excitement is the recent three-time Grammy winner and Chicago native, Chance the Rapper, who will be performing on the Saturday of the festival. Muse, The Killers and Arcade Fire will be headlining the other three days.

Other notable acts playing throughout the four days include Rae Sremmurd, Charli XCX, Lil Yachty and Justice.

For the full four-day lineup and other festival details, visit


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