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Everything You Need to Know About Pitchfork Music Fest This Weekend

By Stephanie Lulay | July 13, 2017 2:30pm | Updated on July 14, 2017 8:28am
 The 12th annual Pitchfork Music Festival will bring a stacked lineup of artists to Union Park this weekend.
The 12th annual Pitchfork Music Festival will bring a stacked lineup of artists to Union Park this weekend.
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NEAR WEST SIDE — With a stacked lineup of artists, Pitchfork Music Festival is set to once again take over Union Park this weekend. 

LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange are slated to headline the 12th annual music festival Friday through Sunday, which is expected to bring 50,000 music fans to the neighborhood this weekend. Chicago artists Joey Purp and Jamila Woods will also take the stage. 

Here's everything you need to know before you go this weekend. 


While three-day general admission tickets are sold out, three-day Pitchfork Plus VIP passes are still on sale for $365, and include access to private bars, food from Parson's and Lost Lake, air-conditioned bathrooms and expedited entry to the fest. 

Individual day passes are also for sale online, and will set you back $75. 

Tickets may also be available at the box office at Union Park from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  

Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 headliners will include LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, A Tribe Called Quest and Solange. [Shutterstock/ Zoe Rain/Whitney Middleton]


Here's the full lineup:


• LCD Soundsystem

• Dirty Projectors

• Danny Brown

• Thurston Moore Group

• Vince Staples

• Arca & Jesse Kanda

• Kamaiyah

• Hiss Golden Messenger

• Frankie Cosmos

• William Tyler

• D∆WN

• Priests

• Madame Gandhi


• A Tribe Called Quest

• PJ Harvey

• Angel Olsen

• The Feelies

• George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

• Mitski

• Madlib

• Arab Strap

• S U R V I V E

• Francis and the Lights

• Weyes Blood

• Jeff Rosenstock

• Cherry Glazerr

• Vagabon


• Solange

• Nicolas Jaar

• The Avalanches

• Ride

• American Football

• Isaiah Rashad

• Hamilton Leithauser

• Pinegrove

• Jamila Woods

• Colin Stetson

• Derrick Carter

• Joey Purp


• Kilo Kish


Who are you most excited to see this weekend?! #P4Kfest (🎥: @genghisdon)

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How to get there 

Union Park, located and Ashland Avenue and Lake Street, is steps from the CTA's Green Line/Pink Line Ashland stop, and the CTA plans to operate longer trains with more frequent service during the fest. 

The No. 9 Ashland bus, which stops at Ashland and Lake, will also get you to the fest. The CTA is expected to run additional service for about one hour after the fest ends each day. 

The main gate for the fest is located on Ashland Avenue on the west side of Union Park. Gates open at noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

The festival has no parking though some area lots will be open.

There is bicycle parking just north of the park at 325 N. Ashland Ave.

The food

No outside food or beverage allowed, except two sealed bottles of water.

Food vendors at Pitchfork include October, Robinson's Ribs, Connie's Pizza, Dia de los Tamales, Estrella Negra, Goddess and the Grocer, Billy Goat Tavern, Donermen Food Truck, Wao Bao, Black Dog Gelato, Wooden Paddle Pizza, The Rice Table, Wishbone, Leghorn, AVEC, Land and Sea and Chicago Diner. 

Don't Bring

Prohibited items include: Tents, flags, lounge chairs, musical instruments, knives or other weapons, video cameras, audio recording devices, professional cameras (no cameras with detachable lenses), selfie sticks, pets, food, beverages (other than sealed bottled water), drugs or drug paraphernalia.

Phone charging

Lockers are $20 per day and come with phone charging device. Click here.

Saint Heron series

In collaboration with Saint Heron, Solange Knowles' label and arts platform, Pitchfork will host a Saint Heron Installation each day in Union Park featuring works from contemporary black artists and a Saint Heron pop-up shop. 

Tickets to two Saint Heron events on Thursday at Black Cinema House at the Stony Island Arts Bank and a poetry discussion Friday at Soho House Chicago are sold out.