Can’t-miss acts: Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett, Big Thief, Fleet Foxes, The War on Drugs, Blood Orange, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Noname, Japandroids
As it has for 13 years, the third weekend in July belongs to Pitchfork Music Festival, which brings together dozens of new & emerging artists, 50 vendors, plus record & craft fairs in Union Park. The headliners are hot -- Aussie rocker Courtney Barnett, Lauryn Hill (celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill) -- and the ticket prices are kept low: three-day passes cost just $175, single-day passes are $75, and +PLUS passes (which include specialty food/drink & air-conditioned bathrooms) are $375. Union Park is easy to reach via the L; the closest train stop is Ashland Station (and the CTA usually increases bus and rail service over festival weekend). Also, know before you go: Outside food, professional cameras, lounge chairs, and selfie sticks are forbidden, but feel free to bring sealed bottles of water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and small backpacks. Pro tip: Pack an extra battery for your phone -- you don’t wanna lose your friends jumping back and forth between stages.