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The Guide to This Summer’s Outdoor Music Festivals

We compare two upcoming Memorial Day shows, and look ahead to the ones to mark on your calendar for later in the summer.

Things you'll see at this year’s outdoor festivals

Photography: (Guetta) Larry Busacca/Getty Images for The Recording Academy; (Dot Dot Dot) Jessica Rose
 

Memorial Day weekend unofficially kicks off outdoor festival season in Chicago (there are 50-plus fests this summer). Here’s how one newcomer stacks up against an old standby.
 

  The New Fest on the Block The One That’s Been
Around the Block
The Fest Electric Daisy Carnival
Chicagoland Speedway
May 24 to 26
electricdaisycarnival.com
Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest
Sheffield Avenue between Belmont Avenue and School Street
May 25 and 26
chicagoevents.com
The Sounds Electronic dance music: David Guetta, Avicii, Tiësto, Kaskade, Hardwell, and 90 more bands Tribute bands such as the Trippin Billies (DMB) and Wedding Banned (’80s and ’90s)—oh, and Double Door regulars Dot Dot Dot
The Scene Dance-prone club hoppers and enough lasers to give even the hardiest attendee vertigo Families, street food, and those guys from your high school who are still in a cover band (see above)
The Style Neon sunglasses and
a fishtail braid
Madras shorts and linen dresses
The Extras A carnival with an interactive circus, theatrics, special effects, and art installations A bazaar of Lake View businesses, including Leona’s, Sheffield’s, and Trader Todd’s
The Go-To Drink Smuggled-in liquor and soda Bud Light (in a Solo cup, natch)
The After-Show Camping out. Limited overnight camping is available for an extra $120. Dancing. Hit the floor at Berlin nightclub, around the corner, where one of the fest bands could play a special DJ set.
The Price $175 for a three-day pass, or about $2 a band $5 daily donation, or about $1 a band


 

Mark Your Calendar

The crowd at Pitchfork Music Festival

Photo: Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune

Pitchfork Music Festival

Experimental rock acts take over Wicker Park for the Do Division Street Fest, curated by the Empty Bottle, May 31 to June 2. Hit Montrose Beach for electronic music and fireworks at the Wavefront Music Festival, July 5 to 7. The Breeders reunite at Pitchfork in Union Park, July 19 to 21. For a complete list of music festivals and events, go to “The Ultimate Chicago Summer Music Festival Guide.”

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