Chicago is home to multiple music festivals throughout the year. There are music festivals catered toward a variety of genres such as blues, hip hop and electronic, but rock festivals will always be my favorite. Here are five rock festivals to look forward to this summer.

Chicago Open Air

When: July 14-16

Location: Toyota Park

Background: Chicago Open Air is a music festival that is only in its second year of operation. The main genres include heavy rock and metal. The festival is most notable for hosting the only 2016 US performance of German industrial metal band, Rammstein.

Headliners: KISS, Korn, Ozzy Osbourne

Who I’m excited to see: Korn, Rob Zombie

Pitchfork Music Festival

When: July 14-16

Location: Union Park

Background: Pitchfork Music Festival is hosted by local online magazine of the same name. The festival features acts of the alternative rock, indie rock, rap, hip hop and electronic genres. Pitchfork also hosts a record fair that is managed by Chicago radio station, CHIRP Radio.

Headliners: LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, Solange

Who I’m excited to see: American Football, Pinegrove, LCD Soundsystem

Vans Warped Tour

When: July 22

Location: Tinley Park

Background: Vans Warped Tour is a traveling music festival that stops in over 30 cities across the United States. The tour is praised for giving upcoming bands a chance to establish their name and gain a following. Bands that play on Warped Tour are often of the rock, punk rock, pop punk and metalcore genres.

Headliners: Silverstein, Blessthefall, Hawthorne Heights, Bowling For Soup, Never Shout Never, Goldfinger

Who I’m excited to see: I Prevail, Silverstein, Neck Deep, Creeper


When: August 3-6

Location: Grant Park

Background: Lollapalooza in Chicago is one of six Lollapalooza festivals across the globe. The lineup often consists of some of the most popular bands and artists of the alternative rock, heavy metal, punk and EDM music scenes.

Headliners: Muse, Lorde, Cage The Elephant, Wiz Khalifa, The Killers, Blink-182, DJ Snake, Run The Jewels, Chance The Rapper, The XX, Alt-J, The Head And The Heart, Arcade Fire, Justice, Big Sean, The Shins, Zeds Dead

Who I’m excited to see: Muse, The Killers, Blink-182

Riot Fest

When: September 15-17

Location: Douglas Park

Background: Riot Fest is a multi-day music festival and carnival that features bands on the punk spectrum with genres such as punk rock, emo, alternative rock, pop punk, ska and metalcore. The festival is notorious for full album performances and hosting reunions of disbanded musical acts such as Misfits, Jawbreaker and The Academy Is…

Headliners: Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Jawbreaker

Who I’m excited to see: Paramore, Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory, FIDLAR, Sleep On It, State Champs, A Day To Remember, Mayday Parade, Knuckle Puck, Real Friends, Pennywise