There’s nothing quite like a day to take in amazing musicians in an outdoor venue — which is why Illinois music festivals have become hot tickets. Across the state, there are a variety of music festivals that satisfy any taste. Whether you’re a blues fan or a rock lover, heading to a music festival during the Illinois summer is the perfect way to spend a weekend.
Spring Awakening 2019 (June 7–9)
Head out to Poplar Creek in Hoffman Estates for Spring Awakening 2019! Dance your pants off to headliners like Zedd, DJ Snake, and Benny Benassi while enjoying the food and drinks of local vendors. Stay nearby at the Holiday Inn & Suites Elgin, where the festival has partnered with Unity Travel to offer a hotel room and festival ticket deal to make it easier for you to enjoy Spring Awakening.
Blues on the Fox 2019 (June 14–15)
The 23rd Annual Blues on the Fox at RiverEdge Park is your go-to to enjoy incredible blues artists like Taj Mahal, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, and Coco Montoya along the beautiful Fox River. You are now allowed to bring food and coolers into the festival, so you can truly create your own personalized experience and enjoy the outdoors surrounded by the sounds of exciting musicians. Stay nearby at one of the Aurora areas local hotels like Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Aurora/Naperville or Holiday Inn Express - Oswego.
Pitchfork Music Festival (July 19–21)
Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park in Chicago features a can’t-miss lineup that you want to be part of. Headliners include HAIM, The Isley Brothers, Robyn, and Charli XCX. Celebrating it’s 14th year, this festival is independently run and hosts more than 60,000 attendees from all across the country. Going beyond the music, Pitchfork boasts 50 vendors, specialty retail fairs, and even a Kids’ Zone for little ones to take a break from the loud stages. There are plenty of convenient hotels close to the park, such as Hotel Chicago West Loop, The Hoxton, and Ace Hotel, so you can walk to the festival at your leisure.
Lollapalooza (August 1–4)
Chicago’s biggest music festival, Lollapalooza, is back for another 4-day set that you don’t want to miss. Located in Grant Park, this year’s lineup features The Strokes, The Chainsmokers, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, and Ariana Grande. Since 1991, Lollapalooza isn’t just a music festival - it’s an experience. Chicago’s delectable cuisine is at the ready in Chow Town and features Chicago’s favorite restaurants like Billy Goat Tavern, Broken English Taco Pub, and Harold’s Chicken. Stay close by at one of Lollapalooza’s partner hotels like Swissotel Chicago, Hilton Garden Inn Chicago, or Chicago Athletic Association.
Shoe Fest Music and Camping 2019 (August 30–September 1)
Head to Camp Shaw Waw Nas See in Manteno for this music fest and camping combo! Shoe Fest offers roots music, and you can enjoy folk, folk rock, bluegrass, and jamband for three days while camping on site. This year’s lineup features Old Shoe, Sam Bush Band, Todd Snider and more. Stay on site in one of Camp Shaw Waw Nas See’s cabins or pull up your RV in a reserved spot.
Pygmalion Music Festival (September 26–29)
For 15 years, the Pygmalion Music Festival has offered not only incredible live music, but other disciplines like literature, comedy, and technology. Last year’s musical lineup featured Frankie Cosmos, Whitney, Palyboi Carti and much more, while their author presenters included Safiya Noble and Elizabeth Acevedo. A portion of all proceeds from Pygmalion will be donated to Josh’s Fund, a scholarship fund for nurses training in oncology. A number of hotels are near the fest and offer a Pygmalion room rate. Check out Hyatt Place and Eastland Suites.