The Pitchfork Music Festival 2016 brings in more than 40 bands, including the biggest names in independent music. One of the best-known of Chicago events, the festival happens over the course of three days in July, drawing large crowds of music fans from all over the Midwest and more. The organizers continue to work hard to make the festival affordable and comfortable for everyone in attendance.
Pitchfork Music Festival History and Facts
This annual summer music festival is the biggest event hosted by Pitchfork Media, whose website is one of the premier places on the web for music journalism and criticism. The first festival happened in 2005 when Pitchfork Media curated the Intonation Festival featuring the Decemberists and Hold Steady. Because of the success, Pitchfork Media was invited to take the reins and the 2006 festival was the first official Pitchfork Music Festival. Every summer since, the festival has remained successful, drawing the biggest names in indie rock, rap, and alternative music.
Tickets to the Pitchfork Music Festival
If you're planning to experience the festival in person rather than streaming it live, you'll need to purchase tickets. Single-day passes are available for the Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago Illinois, as are full three-day passes. Either way, you'll get a lot for your money. You don't have to purchase tickets for individual shows, you can hear every band that's on stage for less than a cost of most single concerts.
Directions to the Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago Illinois
The Pitchfork Music Festival 2016 is held in Union Park, the site of the North Coast Music Festival over the Labor Day weekend. Union Park is nestled in downtown Chicago, close to Michigan Avenue shopping and the University of Chicago.
The park is bordered by four of Chicago's main streets: Ashland, Lake, Ogden, and Randolph. It's easily accessible by public transportation; the bus stops right at the corner of Ashland and Lake, and the CTA train stops right at Union Park. If you'd prefer to drive, three major expressways have exits with easy access to the festival. Be prepared for tight parking—this is Chicago after all.
From the Stevenson, which is Interstate 55, head north to the Dan Ryan Expressway-Interstate 90/94. Catch the Randolph Street exit and head west until you reach the park at 1501 Randolph. From the other direction on the Dan Ryan, the Ogden Avenue exit is the best option. The Eisenhower Expressway, which heads into the city from the suburbs, also leads to Union Park. Take exit 28B to West Congress Parkway before turning left onto Ashland.
Lodging near the Pitchfork Music Festival
Music fans will feel right at home at the Hard Rock Hotel at 230 N. Michigan Avenue, close to all the shopping and things to do that are hallmarks of the Chicago scene. The 40-story hotel offers suites and guestrooms that are chic and stylish, but never stuffy. Perks include MP3 players in the rooms and flat-screen TVs, as well as some surprises like a fully stocked Rock Shop, complimentary music downloads, and use of Gibson guitar for guests who want to get their jam on.
The Hard Rock is just one of the downtown hotels close to the Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago Illinois. While many of the properties are pricey, it's easy to find deals to bring even the more expensive Chicago hotels in reach of all types of budgets.
The Crowne Plaza-Chicago-Metro at 733 West Madison is another favorite for out-of-town music fans. The large property, which was renovated in 2005, has just under 400 guestrooms as well as 42 suites spread throughout its 17 floors. Amenities include a fitness center and a variety of dining options, along with excellent skyline views.
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