On neighborhood streets, in downtown parks, on stage of the stunning Jay Pritzker Pavilion, even in Soldier Field stadium — music lives big in Chicago. Lollapalooza (it's FOUR amazing days long this year in celebration of its 26th anniversary) and the Chicago Blues Festival vie for the title of the city's largest summer music fests, but don't miss out on the top Chicago music festivals below for a full calendar of summer music.

And if you don't get your fill on these, check out our guide to all of the biggest 2017 Chicago events, from comic conventions, taco festivals and art fairs, to the gay pride parade and outdoor film series.



Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest
May 27-28, 2017

Celebrating its 33rd year in 2017, Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest will kick off Chicago's outdoor street fest season when it again welcomes the start of summer and the warm weather. Start off the summer right, with fun tunes, good food and a chance to check out local arts and crafts vendors. Local tribute bands are ready to pump up the crowd at this Lakeview music fest!


Do Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale
June 2-4, 2017

With a reputation for elevating the sometimes ho-hum music lineups found at weekend street fests, Do Division sets the bar high when it kicks off the beginning of each summer. Original bands and up-and-coming DJs make up the carefully-curated stages, booked by two of the top local music clubs: Empty Bottle and Subterranean. And with a suggested donation of only $5 for admittance, the festival concerts are a steal! The 2017 lineup will be revealed soon!


Chicago Gospel Music Festival
June 2-3, 2017

Settle in for some powerful performances at the 31st Chicago Gospel Music Festival. The FREE admission festival celebrates the genre's foundational roots in Chicago and will bring together local and national artists to the stunning downtown stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park.  


Chicago Blues Festival
June 9-11, 2017

The world's largest free blues festival has been busting out tunes for over 30 years. Grab a seat for daytime concerts on three stages in Grant Park and make your way to the Petrillo Music Shell for evening concerts under the stars. Expect over 500,000 people to swarm the FREE admission lakefront festival all weekend. This year's headliners include Lurrie Bell, Carl Weathersby, Carlos Johnson, Che "Rhymefest" Smith and more.


Spring Awakening Music Festival
June 9-11, 2017

Join 100,000 fans at Adams-Medill Park for Chicago's largest outdoor all electronic dance music festival, featuring top producers and DJs from all over the world. Celebrating six years, Spring Awakening will present six stages, with two main stages featuring both live electronic acts and world-renowned DJs, over the course of three mind-blowing days.


Grant Park Music Festival
June 14-August 19, 2017

It's the nation's only FREE, outdoor classical music series of its kind! Comprised of the Grammy® nominated Grant Park Orchestra led by Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar and the award-winning Grant Park Chorus led by Chorus Director Christopher Bell, the festival have 32 spectacular summer concerts. Spread out on the Great Lawn or grab a seat near the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park for an alfresco picnic under the stars.


Windy City LakeShake Festival
June 23-25, 2017

Chicago's 3-day country music festival takes place literally on Lake Michigan: Northerly Island is a 91-acre peninsula that juts right out into waterfront. Surround yourself with stellar skyline views and big name country acts. The outdoor amphitheatre, First MeritBank Pavilion, will house megastars Mo Pitney, Chase Rice and Michael Ray, as well as numerous other national artists.


Green Music Fest
June 10-11 2017

One part music + one part eco-living is the basic recipe behind this annual fest. Combine together for a fun time that is underscored by the idea of making environmentally conscious lifestyle choices. Concerts are programmed by Wicker Park's own Subterranean.


Chicago SummerDance
June 23-September 10, 2017

For 11 weeks each summer, the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into a downtown dance party. The FREE series SummerDance welcomes the sounds of 44 different live bands over the course of the season, from Indian to African to Cuban and more. But don't just sit on the sidelines and listen! This festival will have you on the 4,900-square-foot, open-air dance floor with introductory one-hour lessons by professional instructors, followed by the two-hour concert performances.


Mamby on the Beach
June 24-25, 2017

Chicago's premiere lakefront music festival returns over the 4th of July holiday weekend at Oakwood Beach. Featuring an all-inclusive and diverse musical experience, Mamby is where indie and electronic meet for a weekend of fun under the sun. From dancing with the sand beneath your feet to cooling off with a refreshing dip in the lake, Mamby On The Beach offers an unmatched setting in Chicago that gives attendees a chance to get away from the city without ever having to leave.


Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party
June 23-24, 2017

Old St. Pat's Church, Chicago's oldest public building and a treasured historic landmark, knows how to throw a party! Locals know this West Loop block party as a big bash for singles to meet and mingle - it's a 21 and over event. For the music lover, it's an easy match too as the festival lineup draws big national acts every year with concerts presented by radio stations WXRT and WKQX. 


Chosen Few Music Festival
July 1-2, 2017

Burgers & beats: this year's 26th anniversary event brings musical fireworks to Chicago's Jackson Park over Independence Day weekend. What started as a small gathering has grown into a massive 50,000 fan celebration - one of the oldest and largest house music festivals in the world. In between all the music, dancing and socializing, it's tradition to pitch tents and grill out each day in a true family reunion atmosphere.


Square Roots Festival
July 7-9, 2017

With more than 50 acts on the lineup, this annual dance party is a gathering of global music drawing artists from Africa, New Zealand, Haiti, Brazil and beyond. Two outdoor stages and two indoor stages curate an international soundtrack like no other: imagine American folk rock straight from the Midwest + Cajun French music hailing from Louisiana + roots reggae birthed from the island of Dominica. Combine these beats and rhythms with craft beer, family fun, a craft market and plenty of food vendors for a full weekend of activity that shows off the eclectic tastes of its Lincoln Square neighborhood. 


Chicago Open Air
July 14-16, 2017

The second annual Chicago Open Air will bring together an all-star lineup of rock's top artists on Friday, July 14, Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 at Toyota Park. The three-day music, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food festival will feature over 40 performances, including legendary rock artists Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Body Count, and many more. In addition to three days of nonstop rock, Chicago Open Air's celebration of everything loud will also include Gourmet Man Food featuring local and regional cuisine, the Headbangers Bier Hall highlighting top brews from the region, other entertainment and fan experiences, and will be hosted by SiriusXM's Jose Mangin. The weekend gets started with The Chicago Open Air Kick Off Fiesta and the official Chicago Open Air Pre-Party at Concord Music Hall on Thursday, July 13.


Pitchfork Music Festival
July 14-16, 2017

Union Park on the city's Near West Side plays host to this internationally known, indie-rock centric festival. Pitchfork spans three days, attracts some 50,000 attendees annually and draws performers from various backgrounds, including alternative rock, rap and hip-hop, electronica, avant-garde rock and hardcore punk. The highly popular fest also features local vendors selling crafts, gifts and much more.


Windy City Smokeout
July 14-16, 2017

BBQ, bands & beer! The killer country music lineup at this summer fest features 12 top country acts across three days. This year's stage-stompers include Kip Moore, Lee Brice and Brandy Clark. But that's not all! This riverfront party is a triple threat: fuel up with some of the top 'cue from Chicago and premier pitmasters from across the US. And enjoy the BBQ Throwdown led by famed father/son pitmaster duo Myron and Michael Mixon. Participants will be split into two teams and led through a live demo, showing them how to barbecue both ribs and chicken wings.


Wicker Park Fest
July 29-30, 2017

While some Chicago street festivals are known for a standard lineup of cover bands that play up all the familiar tunes, Wicker Park Fest breaks the mold. Three stages of live action are programmed by Subterranean, a mainstay in the music scene. The festival regularly boasts local and national acts that are praised by critics as being a reflection of the neighborhood: hip, diverse and eclectic. This year's lineup will be announced soon. 


August 3-6, 2017

One of the world's premier music festivals makes its annual return to Chicago's Grant Park. Lolla rocks out with the biggest names in music across all the genres: hip-hop, electronica, reggae, indie, modern roots and more. Fuel up at Chow Town, the "food fest within a music fest" that serves up gourmet festival grub. And if kids are in tow, bring them along! Kidzapalooza entertains future singers with rock-star yoga, funky hairstyling, prop-filled photo shoots, hip-hop workshops and kid-friendly performances. 


Reggae Fest Chicago
August 11-13, 2017

Chicago's inaugural Reggae Fest sets out to make its anticipated debut this summer. With live reggae of the "highest caliber" programmed by Wicker Park's infamous music venue, Subterranean, Reggae Fest Chicago will bring an authentic, family-friendly island style vibe to the Windy City masses. Featuring two live music stages, Reggae Fest Chicago will be a One Day, One Love celebration of various reggae genres including ska, reggaeton, roots reggae, Caribbean dance hall, Spanish reggae and world music.  


Chicago Jazz Festival
August 31-September 3, 2017

The longest running of the city's lakefront music festivals, Chicago Jazz Festival has been a Labor Day weekend tradition for over 30 years. Known for its artistic creativity, the festival promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through FREE, quality live musical performances at two stunning downtown venues, the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park.  


North Coast Music Festival
September 1-3, 2017

Close out the summer at one of Chicago's most eclectic music festivals. Held in Union Park, North Coast Music Festival has transformed from an electronic-focused event to one that includes hip-hop, indie, funk, jam bands and everything else sprinkled in between. No matter what tunes you prefer, you will find it at this end-of-summer celebration.


Hip Hop Summerfest
September 9-11, 2017

An inaugural event, this 3-day festival celebrates hip hop old and new, with many hip hop legends. Over 125 artists and DJs will fill out the lineup and Addams/Medill Park will serve as the outdoor venue.


World Music Festival Chicago
September 8-24, 2017

This city-wide, multi-venue festival has attracted over 600,000 concert-goers and has presented more than 600 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999. FREE performances take you into at all of Chicago's top live clubs, while marquee names also take to the gorgeous, open-air stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. 


Riot Fest
September 15-17, 2017

Bridging the generations of punk rock fans for a decade, Riot Fest has become one of the most unique and popular music fests in Chicago. A mash up of big-name artists head to Douglas Park in 2017. The rock ‘n roll carnival (yes, there are rides) will be taking over the neighborhood with three days of loud music, local food and colorful festivities.

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