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30 Music Festivals In Chicago To Experience Before You Die (2023)

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Looking for the best Chicago Music Festivals in 2023!? Well, you’ve come to the right place because I’ve compiled the best list of events, block parties, and festivals in the windy city this year!

Chicago has given us a lot to be thankful for. Deep dish pizza. Tales of 1920’s gangsters. Sears Tower. World-famous sports teams.

But this is a music festival list, so we have to be grateful to the Windy City for the introduction of jazz, soul, blues and house music.  That’s right, it all started here, along with many other genres we all know and love!

Top 30 Chicago Music Festivals!

Music is rooted deep in Chicago and as expected, each year the city puts on a festival calendar to end all festival calendars. Chicago music festivals are some of the best in the world! From big-time events, bbq cookouts, to chilled-out neighborhood block parties – the tunes are all there for the taking.

My list of the best music festivals in Chicago aims to put this epic city in the musical spotlight where it belongs.

1) Lollapalooza 2023

Lollapalooza - Best Chicago Music Festivals 2023

Lollapalooza is simply THE Chicago music festival to attend | Credit: Charles Reagan / Lollapalooza 2018

When: August 3-6, 2023

Where: Grant Park, Chicago

Genre: Various

“What started as a single-stage music showcase put together in 1991 by Perry Farrell, lead singer of Jane’s Addiction, has since evolved into a larger-than-life music experience like no other.

Connecting with the city’s deep musical legacy, Lollapalooza set down roots and made Chicago its home in 2005—and it hasn’t looked back. Now a destination event, thousands of fans travel from around the world to experience the massive crowds, scenic lakefront setting, and incredible entertainment every summer.”

Lollapalooza is known globally around the world, and in 2021 hosted a massive return after a forced hiatus! Everyone I know who has attended always has the best time, and I can’t wait to personally experience Lolla for my first time in 2023!

Join the Lollapalooza Festival 2023 for more info!

2) ARC Music Festival

Arc Festival Chicago

Arc is my personal favorite of the Chicago music festivals!

When: September 1-3, 2022 (Labor Day Weekend)

Where: Union Park, Chicago

“There are few cities that can lay claim to a feeling, an idea, and a community as their identity like Chicago. House music remains the city’s gift to the music world, a sound that has shifted shape and style as it travels, relinquishing…

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