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The Only Guide You Need for Pitchfork 2018


The Only Guide You Need for Pitchfork 2018

Pitchfork Music Festival is one of the most anticipated events in Chicago, and it brings in crowds from all over. This fest is always ahead of the game, with eclectic lineups that feature diehard favorites and newcomers you’ll be glad to discover.

We’ve got all the important deets on this amazing festival because we know you want in on the fun.

Where It’s At

The fest takes place every year in the Near West Side at Union Park, propped right in the middle of the triangular intersections of Ashland, Lake, and Ogden. If you’re taking the ‘L’, the Green or Pink Line to Ashland/Lake station is right on the northwest corner of the park. Parking availability is highly unlikely, so biking or taking a Lyft are recommended as well.

Entry Rules

Pitchfork is an all-ages fest. Make sure you’ve got everything you need from home because there’s absolutely no re-entry into the fest if you choose to leave. Feel free to bring non-professional cameras, backpacks, a sealed bottled water, and lawn chairs. Tents, flags, musical instruments, selfie sticks, and your pets are a big ‘NO.’ Lockers are available for your belongings.

What to Wear

Pitchfork is a rain-or-shine event. It might be too soon to tell, but we’re currently slated for scattered storms on Friday and Sunday with a partly cloudy day on Saturday. Don’t let it get you down;  some rain dances during your favorite set is sure to help turn it around for you. Shorts, tank tops, short sleeves, and sundresses are appropriate for this peak summer month, but hats, closed-toe shoes, and raincoats are advised for bad weather. If you get wet, stop by the Buffalo Exchange, Futurgarb, or Transit Tees booths to pick up something dry.

What to Do

When you need a break from jammin’ at the stages, check out some of the many tasty food vendors on site, such as Black Dog Gelato, Bang Bang Pie, Leghorn Chicken, and Wow Bao. Learn about a good cause at a non-profit booth like Girls Rock! Chicago or Mercy for Animals. Want to make a difference? Spend time talking with Pitchfork’s partner this year, RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. Plenty of local artists will be displaying their work, as well as a pop-up craft festival, book fair, and record shop. Talk about sensory overload!

Where to Stay

If you don’t live in Chicago, first of all—we’re sorry. You’re missing out. Second, don’t worry because we’ve got great places for you to crash. Partnered hotels include the Chicago Marriott at Medical District, which is closest to the fest. Others are the Hyatt Regency and the Hard Rock Hotel. Maybe you’ll run into one of the headliners after it ends! If those are a little out of budget, you can always rent an Airbnb in the area.


Friday, July 20

Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett, Mount Kimbie, Big Thief, Earl Sweatshirt, Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society, The Curls, Melkbelly, Lucy Dacus, Julie Byrne, Open Mike Eagle, Saba, Julien Baker, Syd

Saturday, July 21

Fleet Foxes, The War on Drugs, Blood Orange, Paul Cherry, berhana, Zola Jesus, Nilüfer Yanya, Circuit des Yeux, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Girlpool, Kelela, Moses Sumney, This Is Not This Heat, Raphael Saadiq

Sunday, July 22

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, DRAM, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Irreversible Entanglements, Kweku Collins, Ravyn Lenae, Kelly Lee Owens, Japanese Breakfast, Smino, Alex Cameron, (Sandy) Alex G, Japandroids, Noname


For tickets and more info, head to the Pitchfork Music Festival website. We can’t wait to see you there!


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After graduating from the U of I with a Bachelor’s in English, Courtney hit the ground running. A lifelong passion for writing (oddly foreshadowed by a tendency to live on streets named after dead British authors) is what drives her professional endeavors. When she’s not at her desk with headphones in, cranking out articles on Chicago’s music, dining, and nightlife scenes, you can usually find her at concerts around the city, watching horror movies, psyching herself into going to the gym, or obsessing over scented candles.

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