Lolla and Pitchfork are long-gone, and before winter sets in and concert calendars start emptying, Riot Fest will keep Chicago-area busy all weekend long.

The three day music festival takes place Friday, Sept. 16-Sunday, Sept. 18 at Douglas Park on the city’s west side.

Part concert, part carnival with a Ferris wheel, a Zipper and other amusement park staples, this marks the festival’s second year at Douglas Park after moving from its original location in Humboldt Park.

The festival wraps punk, rock, indie bands and more into its lineup. More than 120 acts will play over the weekend, including the Flaming Lips, Morrissey and the Original Misfits, as well as bands such as Death Cab for Cutie, Ween and the Descendants Here’s what you need to know before you go.


As of Thursday, three day, two-day, single day and VIP tickets were still available through the Riot Fest site, however, with low ticket warnings on the site, those planning to go are advised to act fast.

General-admission single day tickets are $84.98, two-day passes are $159.95 and three-day passes sell for $209.98.


The fest’s big headliners include The Flaming Lips, Morrissey and the Original Misfits, but with over 100 bands playing across several stages over three days, some fans may need some guidance.

Take a look at the full lineup here.

For suggestions on which bands to see from the Chicago Tribune, check out its critic’s picks here.

To find out who the RedEye deemed as some of the festival’s most exciting acts, take a look here.

Getting there

Parking isn’t really an option, but no worries. Buses, bikes and trains will take you to and from Riot Fest.

Those taking Chicago Transit Authority trains can ride the Pink Line to Kedzie and California. More Pink Line trains are scheduled to run throughout the weekend.

Those riding the bus can hop aboard the No. 12-Roosevelt, 18-16th/18th, 49-Western, 52-Kedzie/California and 94-South California lines – all of which stop by the park. Extra service on most routes will begin Friday afternoon and continue during the weekend.

If you take the Metra, the Western Avenue station is near the park. In addition, BNSF trains are scheduled to stop there all weekend long.

And, since the weather is supposed to be nice, why not go on bike? The intersection of 19th Street and Albany Avenue will host cycle parking.



If you’re looking to bypass the crowds, take in an after-show. For a full schedule of performers and venues, click on the official after-show website here.