Everyone knows that summertime means lots of concerts and festivals, but that’s especially true here in Chicago. Below is a list of some of the best that go on during this hot season, and there are quite a few of them this year so there’s bound to be one that suits your groove.
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Looking for a rave: Spring Awakening: June 13-15 at Soldier Field. One of the first Music raves to kick off the summer and one of the best. With artists like Tiesto, Pretty Lights and Diplo, this music rave is hard to top.
A Hipster: Pitchfork: July 18-20 at Union Park. This is a very eclectic music fest. From Kendrick Lamar to Jon Hopkins, this festival covers much of the alternative spectrum in terms of music.
A Foodie + Music Lover: Wicker Park Fest: July 26-27 in Wicker Park at North Ave and Milwaukee. This festival consists of music, food by local restaurants and local art and culture. Though the fest is free, they ask for a $5 donation to keep the artists and vendors returning every summer.
In the Mood For a Cultural Twist: Downtown Sounds: June 2- August 11 in Millennium Park. Filled with sounds from all over the world, this free music festival hosts eclectic artists every Monday at 6:30pm.
A Hip-Hop Junkie: Under the Influence of Music Tour: August 5 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheater at 6pm. An exciting hip-hop extravaganza, the lineup for this concert is sounding pretty epic. Though the list is subject to change, check out who’s in store so far!
Wild: Lollapalooza: August 1-3 at Grant Park. Known across the country as one of the most massive and popular music festivals, Lollapalooza is a favorite here at the Raffaello. During this festival, the city is completely transformed, and totally amped up, the peak of summer, what we wait all year for! With top artist headliners as well as up and coming artists, this festival is one to remember, and it happens every year. Don’t forget to check out all the after parties at different venues around the city as well! For those guests staying with us throughout the weekend, we have special glasses for you to rock all weekend long, as well as preparing specialty Lolla inspired cocktails up at drumBAR.
Into Jazz: Chicago Jazz Festival: August 28-31 at Millennium Park. This festival is quite fun, and a Chicago classic. Completely different experience than Lollapalooza, but not in a bad way by any means. This festival is more relaxed, free admission, and lots of other fun activities.
A Rager: North Coast Festival: August 29-31 in Lincoln Park. Trailing on the large heels of Lollapalooza, this music fest is like a mini Lolla, but it still brings in quite the punch with its headliners. So, if Lolla is a bit too massive for your taste but you still want that raving music fest, North Coast is the way to go.