Celebrating its 14th year in 2019, 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 up to 60,000 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 retail 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 prices affordable, providing new and useful amenities, and working with the city’s best local vendors each year.


Pitchfork Radio

For the first time ever, Pitchfork Radio will be broadcasting live from the Pitchfork Music Festival. The live event will feature interviews, live sets, appearances, curated playlists, and more from Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Jamila Woods, Jay Som, Soccer Mommy, Valee, Whitney, Amber Mark, CHAI, Sunn O))), Sacred Paws, Big Thief, and more. Additional guests, on-site location, and the official broadcast schedule will be announced soon.

CHIRP Record Fair

Shop for records between sets! The Chicago Independent Radio Project brings you vinyl selections from indie labels, local record stores, and independent vendors. Buying direct from labels without shipping fees will save you a few pennies and sellers often dig out rare catalogue items for the event. Get there early on Friday if you want to score the best finds!

Renegade Craft Fair

Renegade Craft Fair, the world’s largest curated showcase of independent craft and design, creates a vibrant and lively marketplace that reflects and illuminates the work of today’s modern makers. Equal parts entrepreneurial incubator and community gathering space, it all culminates in a lively celebration of contemporary craft and design culture.

Flatstock Poster Fair

The country’s best show-poster artists gather to share their work and sell prints at Flatstock, hosted by the American Poster Institute and Speedball.

Book Fort

Book Fort is a roving, interactive book fair that seeks to make a meaningful contribution to communities through readings, performances, and opportunities to connect with a highly-curated selection of independent publishers, presses, and literary organizations. A list of Book Fort publishers will be announced soon.

Kids’ Zone

Music House is thrilled to be hosting Pitchfork’s Kid Zone again this year! Music House will have space for parents to relax while kids can try out musical instruments (guitars, ukuleles, violins, rhythm instruments for babies and toddlers)  dress up in theatrical costumes, and take part in imaginative play with props, puppets, costumes, and more. We can’t wait to meet you in the Kid Zone!

Louder Than A Bomb Poets 

For the first time this year, Young Chicago Authors’ Louder Than A Bomb Poets will perform their poems in between sets on the Blue Stage. More information on the participating poets and their set times will be announced soon.


Pitchfork PLUS

Pitchfork PLUS is an elevated festival experience, featuring a wide variety of amenities including:

  • Curated food by Banger’s & Lace
  • Curated cocktails by The Whistler, and private bars
  • Air-conditioned bathrooms
  • An elevated viewing platform of the Blue Stage
  • Shaded seating and dining areas
  • Cell-phone charging stations*
  • Complimentary storage lockers*
  • Exclusive and expedited entry to festival
  • “Come and Go” re-entry access to the festival grounds
  • A festival swag bag with festival essentials and a merch coupon
  • Free drip coffee from Intelligentsia, ice cream, and enjoy an Operatic art installation
  • PLUS check-in/entry is on Lake St. just east of Ashland. Once you have your wristband you can also enter through the PLUS fast lane at Gate 2.
  • PLUS upgrade will be available during the weekend at the Box Office on Ashland or at the entrance to the PLUS area inside the festival so tell your friends to join you in PLUS this year!

PLUS is located directly across from the Blue Stage, in a tree-filled area on the south end of the park—a perfect place to call home base for the entire weekend.

*Available on a first-come, first-served basis


Every year, Pitchfork Music Festival hosts independent retail vendors, including many Chicago-based organizations. Check out the vendors we’re hosting this year!


Beat Kitchen

Billy Goat Tavern


Black Dog Gelato

The Chicago Diner

Churros Factory

Connie’s Pizza

Donermen Food Truck

Estrella Negra

Goddess and the Grocer

Puffs of Doom

Bumbu Roux

Wow Bao


Kite String Cantina
Bangers and Lace