Every summer since 2006, music fans have gathered in Chicago's Union Park for the Pitchfork Music Festival. This event is a celebration of multiple styles of music from hardcore punk to smooth jazz. Attendees can listen to their favorite artists, be introduced to new sounds and socialize with tens of thousands of like-minded music lovers. There are also shopping kiosks, dining areas and art displays set up during this three-day festival. For 2020, the event will run July 17 through 19.
The Pitchfork Music Festival has a history of providing multiple food venues for attendees. There have been food vendors that specialize in Polish sausage, pizza, fresh salads or ice cream. The festival is eco-friendly in that it provides recycling bins and compost containers. Festival-goers can reserve lockers to store their valuables and mobile charging packs for their phones. Furthermore, the Pitchfork Festival offers a lost-and-found, first-aid tent, restrooms (including ADA restrooms) and a resource and response center.
The Chicago Pitchfork Music Festival is held annually at Union Park. The full address is:
1501 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
The Chicago Pitchfork Music Festival should not be confused with the other Pitchfork Festivals that take place in Paris or Berlin.
The lineup for the 2020 festival in Chicago has not yet been announced. Historically, the festival has offered a blend of musical talents and styles. In 2019, the festival featured artists like the Isley Brothers, Robyn, Haim, Neneh Cherry and Charli XCX. Over the years, the Pitchfork Music Festival has welcomed musicians as diverse as George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Carly Rae Jepsen, Chance the Rapper, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Bjork, Yoko Ono and De La Soul. This year marks the 15th Pitchfork Music Festival, so fans can expect another exciting blend of performances. The festival promises over 40 musical acts this year.
While there are no campgrounds directly at the Pitchfork Festival, you can enjoy your RV at one of the spots around the city. A popular spot for RV parking is McCormick Place, which is an easy 5 miles from Union Park. You can park your RV and hop on the CTA Green Line to be taken right to the festival gate. Renting an RV with RVshare is like having a hotel on four wheels. You can enjoy the festival during the day and head back to your own cozy place to sleep, eat and play.
If you want facilities that have electricity and water hookups, you may need to venture outside of Chicago's limits. There are multiple campgrounds on the edge of the city, all of which provide great amenities for leisure camping. Most require about an hour of driving to reach the Pitchfork Music Festival.
McCormick Place offers overnight parking for RVs at a rate of $37 per night. This is a parking facility only and does not include amenities or electricity hookups. McCormick Place does not allow leisure camping, but it is Chicago's top spot for overnights in RVs.
There are no campgrounds near Union Park. However, some of the RV parks just outside of the city include Kankakee South KOA in Chebanse, IL, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Newark, IL, and Chicago Northwest KOA in Union, IL.
There are multiple hotels, inns and Airbnbs throughout Chicago. You can stay near Union Park with ease, although there are plenty of hotels near train lines.
There are no public parking facilities at Union Park. The Pitchfork Music Festival recommends that festival-goers arrive by train or bus. The northwest corner of the festival is the Ashland stop on the Pink and Green Line. Likewise, the Ashland #9 and the Madison #20 buses stop to the west and south of Union Park, respectively.
Biking is a popular way to arrive at the festival. In fact, it's so popular that the Pitchfork Music Festival offers a safe lot for bikes.
Those who wish to drive to the facilities should plan on parking in advance. Some spots can be reserved. There are also event-only lots that may have space for cars, trucks and RVs. If you are flying into O'Hare, you simply need to take Interstate 90 East for 14.5 miles. Take the 50A exit to Ogden Avenue; Union Park is on the left.
When tickets become available, they'll be offered through the festival website. Ticket prices vary based on when they are purchased and what you want to include. In 2019, there were four types of tickets available for purchase: three-day pass, single-day pass, three-day pass plus ticket and single-day pass plus ticket.
Plus tickets include expedited entry to the festival as well as food, drink, air-conditioned bathrooms, an elevated platform for stage viewing, complimentary storage lockers and cellphone chargers and a festival swag bag.
RVshare provides you with details about festivals like the Pitchfork Music Festival to help you explore the big world around you. It's easy to visit places like Union Park in Chicago when you have an RV that functions as both a car and a home. Being able to rent an RV with RVshare lets you take part in the joys of RVing without the commitment. When you attend the Pitchfork Music Festival, send photos to [email protected] Even if you choose not to rent an RV, everyone will love seeing the world through your eyes at RVshare's blog and social media pages.
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