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Festival season is upon us! We’ve done all the re-con on the hottest weekend concerts of the summer

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Summer Camp

When: May 23-26
Where: Three Sisters Park -
Chillicothe, IL
Who: moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Trey Anastasio Band, EOTO, STS9, Zeds Dead, Big Gigantic, Diplo, Griz
What to expect: Funky jam-band lovers, ‘scamp’ lifers, lots of dreads and Grassroots hats; look for the glowstick path into the forest and come Monday morning watch for folks hitchhiking to Wakarusa.
*This is a camping festival!


EDC Chicago

When: May 24-26

Where: Chicagoland Speedway -
Joliet, IL
Who: Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Eric Prydz, Feed Me, Hardwell, Kaskade, Arty, Avicii, Sebastian Ingrosso, Bloody Beetroots
What to expect: Ravers on ravers, kandi & camelbaks; put together your best outfit and gear up for Insomniac’s first-ever Chicago edition of Electric Daisy Carnival!
*This is a camping festival; 18+


Spring Awakening

When: June 14-16

Where: Soldier Field – Chicago, IL
Who: Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, Moby, NERO, Boys Noize, Dirty South, Excision, Zedd, Krewella, Tommy Trash,
Wolfgang Gartner
What to expect: Bigger and badder; React’s second year in the home of house music (and Bears) is bound to be full of surprises – there’s a dance party… where!? ON THE FIELD! OH!


Electric Forest

When: June 27-30

Where: Rothbury, MI

Who: Pretty Lights, String Cheese, Passion Pit, Above & Beyond, Knife Party, Benny Benassi, Madeon, A-Trak, Grimes, Dispatch, Lotus, GrizMatik
What to expect: The ultimate fusion of electronic dance music and groovy jam band vibes, and this year, look forward to a silent disco in Sherwood Forest; without question my certified ‘best festival in the Midwest.’
*This is a camping festival!



When: July 5-7

Where: Montrose Beach – Chicago, IL
Who: Justice, Cosmic Gate, Hot Natured, Caspa, Crookers, Rusko, Sultan + Ned Shepard, Cedric Gervais, Chris Lake
What to expect: DJs, cabanas and sand between your toes; this beach festival is a welcome addition to Chicago’s festival offerings and feels like a little slice of Miami right here at home.


Lollapalooza… is sold out :(


North Coast

When: August 30 – Sept.1

Where: Union Park – Chicago, IL
Who: Wu-Tang Clan, Afrojack, Big Gigantic, Laidback Luke, Disco Biscuits, Nas (More headliners to be announced)
What to expect: Wonderfully eclectic crowd full of new friends; my favorite Chicago offering, spanning genres from everything to blues, hip hop, EDM, jam band and bass music.



Are you following us on Spotify?


We’ve got two playlists this month,

garunteed to kickoff your summer

the right way!


First up features all the festival artsit names above – totally party worthy.


Next is our playlist built for your summer road-trip with songs by Hilltop Hoods, Kid Cudi, Daft Punk, The Strokes and more sing-a-longs for you and your friends to blast with the windows down.

Look us up at Courier Staff and keep an eye on us over the break!

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About the author

Caroline Koch

I am a first year student at COD, avid concert-goer, music blogger and lover of Transformers. I worked on many a magazine while attending Arizona State University and now I run my dance music & culture blog with my brother: Operationhandhug.com (Go check it out!) arts@cod.edu 630-942-2660

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