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Riot Fest in Douglas Park 2016: How To Get There and What To Eat and Drink

By  Tanveer Ali and Stephanie Lulay | September 10, 2015 5:42am | Updated on September 15, 2016 9:35am

 Riot Fest will return to Douglas Park next year.
Riot Fest will return to Douglas Park next year.
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DOUGLAS PARK — The 12th edition of Riot Fest is taking place this weekend in Douglas Park, now home to the nostalgia-filled music festival.

The three-day music fest Friday to Sunday features headliners The Flaming Lips, Ween, Morrissey, Nas, Rob Zombie and The Original Misfits. Sunday's Misfits show will mark the second time Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein have performed together onstage in more than 30 years.

Here's a map and guide to getting there, what's available to eat and drink both on and off festival grounds, and activities inside the fest, aside from listening to music.

Single day and multi-day tickets to Riot Fest are still available but are almost sold out, organizers said. Single day tickets are currently on sale for $85 and three-day tickets for $210. 

Check out the full Riot Fest lineup here. Check out the pre-fest performances and after shows lineup here. 

Getting in

Riot Fest landed in Douglas Park last year after the fest was pushed from its old home in Humboldt Park

Bikes, taxis, buses and trains all lead to Douglas Park. Ogden Avenue, which cuts Douglas Park in half, will serve as a temporary transit station this weekend, especially for anyone coming via bike, taxi or bus. 

Nonprofit Working Bikes is running a valet station for cyclists at West 19th Street and South Albany Avenue, just a block away from the festival's entrance. The non-profit will valet bikes, fix flat tires and check bike brakes for a $5 donation. 

The No. 18, 12 and 52 buses will be stationed to ferry revelers to the Red and Blue lines. The festival's official taxi stand is also on the street.

For people coming in on the "L", the easiest way in is getting off at the California Pink Line station and walking a few blocks up to the festival's 18th Street entrance. If you're coming from out of town, the Metra stops at 18th and Western, served by the BNSF, which travels from Aurora to Union Station.

Riot Fest grounds map 2016 [Riot Fest]

Food and drink

Cermak Road and 26th Street south of the festival grounds are home to dozens of Chicago's best taquerias. La Casa De Samuel (2834 W. Cermak Road) features everything you'd expect from a Mexican restaurant, as well as less common meats like rattlesnake and rabbit. El Milagro Tortilleria (3056 W. 26th St.) is also a favorite, serving up burritos and tacos in the same tortillas found across Chicago grocery stores.

If Mexican isn't your thing, try Crazy Bird Chicken (1138 S. California Ave.) or Don’s Humburgers Grill in Pilsen (not a typo) at 1837 S. Western Ave. Don's is open 24 hours.

Of course, there's also the massive Lagunitas Brewery and Taproom, a hulking building between Washtenaw Avenue and Rockwell Street on 17th Street. Lagunitas is hosting walking tours of its Chicago brewery every day of Riot Fest between 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The taproom will also be open for both food and beer.

We asked freshman Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24th) about his suggestions for neighborhood restaurants and bars to check out while in the neighborhood. His choices were: Madea's Down Home Cooking (2136 S. Pulaski Road); Fresh Off the Grill (1521 S. Pulaski Road); Raymond's Tacos & Hamburgers (2653 W. Cermak Road) and The Club Paradise (4300 W. Cermak Road).

Inside the festival grounds, dozens of vendors from throughout the city will sell food, including a variety of vegan and vegetarian options. 

All the other good stuff

We know you're here for the music. (Here's the schedule, as if you haven't pored over it already). But there are other things to do inside and outside the festival.

The festival itself will feature the Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue, carnival rides and more fun.

While the festival takes over the southern half of Douglas Park, the northern half — including the field house and free mini-golf course — will remain open to the public.Riot Fest lineup 2016 [Riot Fest]

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