Free admission • Millennium Park

The Chicago House Music Festival is a free, multi-day celebration of the Chicago-born genre. The annual event kicks off summer with DJs and live performances showcasing the various sounds and styles of house music. 

The festival, typically held in May, brings house music fans from around the country to Millennium Park for a weekend-long dance party that spans three stages. Previous years have included DJs and groups from around the world, as well as local performers.

The weekend kicks off with an industry conference at the Chicago Cultural Center, featuring thought-provoking seminars on topics like personal branding, women in house music, digital distribution, and more.

House Music Festival
House Music Festival

Chicago House Music Festival FAQs

What items are prohibited from being brought onto festival grounds?

  • Barbecue grills (open flames)
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Illegal substances & weapons
  • Pop-up tents/canopies
  • Beach/picnic umbrellas
  • Flag poles
  • All pets (except service animals)

Can I bring a folding chair and blanket?
Yes, but folding chairs are not allowed in the seating area of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

Can I save seats in the Pavilion?
General seating in the Pavilion and on the Great Lawn is available on a first-come, first-served basis. In the seating bowl, you may save only one seat prior to the start of each show. Once the show has started, you must relinquish your seat. Please note that Millennium Park reserves the right to close the seating bowl and Great Lawn due to reaching capacity and appreciates your cooperation in ensuring the safety and enjoyment of your concert-going experience.

May I bring a picnic basket?
Yes! Millennium Park is the perfect place for a picnic and a night of music and dining al fresco. However, in order to ensure that events are enjoyable for all attendees and to protect the lawn from wear and tear, please respect the following rules of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion: tents, oversized umbrellas, oversized blankets or plastic tarps, helium balloons, oversized flags, signs/banners, barbecue grills, open flame candles, or staking of any kind are not allowed on the Great Lawn area.

May I buy beer or wine in the park? How about food?
Refreshments, including food, beer and wine, are available for purchase from the concessions tent located to the east of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. In addition, concessions can be purchased throughout the Park, including from the concession carts located on the Chase Promenade and at the Park Grill and Café on the McCormick Tribune Plaza. Alcohol may only be consumed in the seating area and the Great Lawn during the concerts. Alcohol sales in the Millennium Park concession tent end one half-hour prior to the end of the concert.

What is the rain policy?
Concerts and performances in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion are held rain or shine, unless there are severe weather warnings and/or the threat of lightning in the area. The Pavilion seats are not protected from the elements. The Great Lawn has a high-tech design with underlying layers of sand and gravel that allows water to drain quickly.

Are recording devices allowed during a concert?
Photography, video, or recording devices are prohibited at all concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

May I smoke?
Smoking is prohibited in the seating area of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Great Lawn, the Lurie Garden, the east and west arcades by the restrooms, and the east and west Exelon Buildings.

May I bring my dog along?
Animals are not permitted in Millennium Park, unless they are service animals.

What about items I lost or found in the park?
To inquire about lost or found items in the park, please call (312) 744-6050.

Please note: Schedule is subject to change. For the latest on all Millennium Park events, visit millenniumpark.org.