Summer music: Where to catch all your favorite acts
Summer Camp Music Festival
Summer Camp is a jam music festival where the three-day ticket price also includes camping for each night. The festival takes place in Chillicothe, Ill., which is about two and a half hours away from Chicago, but the experience boasts more than just music. There is also a kid-friendly camp area, parties and late-night shows.
A 50 minute drive from Chicago, Milwaukee’s Summerfest is a great day trip for people looking to get out of the city. It runs for longer than any of the other summer festivals, giving concertgoers ample time to get visit. Pair that with cheap ticket prices and you can’t miss.
Dave Matthews Band Caravan
The Dave Matthews Band is hosting four three-day music festivals this summer and one will be held on Chicago’s lakefront between 79th and 83rd streets. Throughout the day, bands will play on a variety of stages, and each night will be capped off by a set by the headliner. The Caravan is a must for any Dave Matthews Band fan.
Pitchfork Music Festival
Though all of the three-day passes for 2011’s Pitchfork Music Festival are sold out, concertgoers can still purchase tickets for single days. At $45 each, they are on the cheaper side of most of this summer’s music festivals and provide a great chance to catch new acts.
This year is the 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza, and while there has been some grumbling about the lineup, it’s still destined to be an epic year. Lollapalooza moved to Grant Park in 2005 and they have been working to make it an experience for the concertgoers with gourmet food and an arts and crafts area.
Ravinia isn’t a music festival, but it’s still a great place to catch some of your favorite acts this summer. There is a show almost every day from June to the beginning of September, and with prices ranging from free to $80, there is something for everyone.
North Coast Music Festival
While Labor Day weekend’s North Coast Music Festival is still pretty new to the concert scene, with headliners like Common and Wiz Khalifa, it could be a great way to end your summer. So far, six headliners have been announced with more on the way.