Devil of a Show: The Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois
Held in Chicago’s Union Park every July, the weekend-long Pitchfork Music Festival showcases over 40 bands in one of the most diverse outdoor concerts in the Midwest. Music genres include indie, alternative rock, rap, hip hop, electronica, jazz, dance music, hardcore punk and more. The 2012 headliners were announced early in the year, and Vampire Weekend, Feist, Sleigh Bells, A$AP Rocky, The Psychic Paramount, Flying Lotus, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and more have all signed on.
Organized by the indie music site Pitchfork Media, the annual summer fest began in 2005 to sold-out crowds. This year, in 2012, three-day passes are already sold out, and crowds of over 50,000 people (from all 50 states) are expected in Union Park. Single-day tickets are still available, and start at about $45 per day.
Chicago is a Midwest favorite for road trips, particularly for students at neighboring colleges in Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri and of course, all over the state of Illinois. The Pitchfork Music Festival, like South-by-Southwest and Austin City Limits, is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after road trips in the country. Reserve a spot now for this amazing July music weekend.
By Leah Waldron