Celebrating its 13th year in 2018, the internationally recognized Pitchfork Music Festival presents 40+ bands over the course of three days each summer in Chicago's Union Park. The festival highlights the best in new and emerging music. Since 2006, this independently run festival has consistently proven to be one of the most welcoming, comfortable, reasonably priced, and rewarding weekends of music around.
Hosting 50,000 attendees of all ages from 45 states and 26 countries, Pitchfork Music Festival offers a wide array of activities beyond the music. With 50 individual vendors, as well as specialty fairs, the festival works to support local businesses while promoting the Chicago arts and food communities as a whole. We maintain a commitment to keeping ticket prices low, providing new and useful amenities, and working with the city’s best local vendors each year.
Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60607
The main gate for the event is located on Ashland Avenue, on the west side of Union Park.
The secondary gate for all festival attendees is at Washington Blvd. and Ogden Ave., on the east side of Union Park.
Gates open at 12pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Box Office will be open on Thursday, July 19 from 12pm to 7pm. During the festival, July 20-22, the Box Office is open between 11am and 9pm each day.
PLUS+ Check-in is at the main box office on Ashland. There is an expedited entry line for PLUS+ attendees exclusive use at both the main and secondary gates.
Car: The festival does not provide any parking for festival attendees. There are no sanctioned parking lots for public use in the Union Park area associated with the festival.
Train: The Ashland stop on the Green and Pink lines is right at the northwest corner of the park. There is an accessible entrance.
Bus: The Ashland #9 bus runs north/south and stops right on the western edge of Union Park. The Madison #20 bus runs east/west and runs just south of the park, it also runs directly from Ogilvie station and is a short walk from Union Station downtown.
Bike Parking: Biking is a great way to get to the festival. This year we have ample and secure bike parking available located near the north gate of the festival. Check back for the exact location in June.
The Pitchfork Music Festival is committed to making its facilities accessible to and usable by all patrons and visitors. There are ramps from the sidewalks to street and ADA restrooms. In addition, we can offer wheelchair accessible viewing for the two main stages.
We have designated viewing platforms for ADA festival attendees. In order to access these platforms, please check-in at the ADA entrance which is on Ashland, just north of the main entrance.
If you need space to store any equipment such as oxygen tanks or insulin, please email medical ahead of time, so that we can make accommodations.
In order to help us create the best experience for you, please contact us ahead of time with any questions, needs or concerns.
If you come to PMF, please recycle your plastic cups and bottles, aluminum cans, and paper in the 130 blue recycling bins found throughout the festival grounds!!
Recycling: Managing waste is a very important part of any large gathering, and Pitchfork Music Festival has worked with our sustainability coordinator since 2006 to develop a comprehensive plan to limit what we send to landfill. This plan depends on a broad network of folks, including our professional cleanup crews, the in-house recycling volunteers who work directly with all of our sponsors and vendors, and our trash hauler. But we need YOUR help as well.
Sustainability: The Pitchfork Music Festival takes our responsibility to the environment seriously, and we encourage our audience, musicians, and vendors to do the same. Following are some steps we’ve taken to ensure that our environmental “footprint” is as small as possible.
Composting: Starting in 2011, Pitchfork has provided compost containers for all of our food vendors, to ensure that any food scraps generated at the event get reused.