5. Chicago, Illinois
Typically locked in the icy grasp of a Great Lakes winter, Chicago comes alive in the summertime with half a dozen major festivals. The traveling Lollapalooza tour settled here for a their permanent home while Pitchfork reigns as the King of Hipster Fests. New additions in recent years like North Coast, Spring Awakening, and Wavefront fill out the rest of the shorter northern festival season.
Chicago Music Festivals