Chicago Is The Place For Festivals!

English: Ozzy Osbourne, Prince of Darkness, at...

Ozzy at Toyota Park

Toyota Park will host the Chicago Open Air Music Festival from 14th-16th July. This is a heavy metal music festival with a line-up including Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, Anthrax and Steel Panthers, among many, many more. As well as music, the festival boasts gourmet food and craft beers. Ticket prices vary from $50 for the cheapest one day ticket to $400 for the most expensive VIP weekend ticket, and the tickets can be paid for in installments. Children are welcome, but tickets are for all ages, no kids concessions.

If you fancy something a bit more sedate, the Southport Art Festival might be more up your street. It showcases a wide range of art forms including acrylic, jewelry, sculpture, photography and mixed media. There are interactive exhibitions to keep youngsters (and not so ‘youngsters) occupied. There will be vendors providing a range of food and drink. The festival is running on the 14th and 15th July and admission is free.

Maybe you like a festival with more variety? The Pitchfork festival might be for you. Held in Union Park, Chicago, it boasts music from different genres; including indie rock, alternative rock and hip hop! There will be both established and emerging artists so you can find new artists while enjoying those you already know.  The line-up will include LCD Soundsystem, Danny Brown, Solange, Kilo Kish and Nicolas Jaar. There will be additional events; late night jazz, talks with artists, film screenings and an onsite art installation.

Millennium Park is a good place to look at for music and art festivals all around the year, lots with free entry. Even without a festival, the park is amazing. With stunning landscaping, plenty of food and drink concessions, and amazing sculptures; the park really is a must visit. If you have a free day or weekend then Millennium Park is a good place to consider!

In Chicago, on one weekend there are three very different festivals in three different parks, and a park with events on all the time! What an amazing city! Why would you need to go anywhere else?

Chicago is just another benefit of living in Park Ridge.  Summer is coming and I can’t wait!


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