Students anticipate summer music festivals


Courtesy of EDM Chicago

Spring Awakening, a rising EDM festival, attracts many teenagers every year.

During the summer, Chicago is home to a variety of activities that students and staff can look forward to. For many, the highlight of summer is experiencing one of the many musical festivals that the city hosts. Here’s a list at some of the top festivals taking over Chicago this summer.


Lollapalooza is an annual music festival that attracts a majority of students. The festival is four days long, from Thursday, Aug. 2 until Sunday Aug. 5, and is held at Grant Park in Chicago. This year’s Lollapalooza headliners include the Arctic Monkeys, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Jack White and many more. Other popular performances that students are anticipating include Travis Scott, Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert, and Portugal. The Man.

“I’m most excited for Post Malone and Lil Uzi Vert,” said Kristin Moser, junior. “Last year I was at Uzi when it got rained out, so I need to see him.”


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Country LakeShake, more commonly known as LakeShake, is a country music festival that occurs annually in downtown Chicago. 

Country LakeShake, a country music festival held from Friday, June 22 until Sunday, June 24, always attracts many students as well. It takes place at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Headliners for this year’s LakeShake include Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and Florida Georgia Line. Last year’s LakeShake experienced some heavy rainfall leaving everyone muddy and soaked, but that hasn’t stopped country fans from planning on attending the event this year. 

“Country is my favorite, so I’ll definitely be at LakeShake this year,” said Charlie Parse, junior.

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening is an electronic dance music (EDM) festival that features more than 100 artists on five stages. The festival will take place Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10 at Addams/Medill Park. Main stage performers for this three-day festival include Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Kaskade, Zed’s Dead, The Chainsmokers, and Flux Pavillion.

“I’m hyped for Spring Awakening, even though not as many kids go compared to [Lollapalooza],” said Jack McCarty, junior. “The lineup this year is nuts.”

Whether you are a fan of laid-back country music or upbeat EDM, there’s no denying the fact that this summer offers many options of music festivals for you to attend. However, if none of these festivals sparked your interest, you can find a list of other musical events taking place throughout Chicago this summer here.