Gate 1 is located on Ashland Avenue, on the west side of Union Park. Gate 2 is located at Washington and Ogden. Gates open at 12pm each day of the festival.

The Box Office and customer service is located on Ashland at the entrance to Gate 1. The Box Office will be open Thursday, July 18th from 11am-7pm. It will be open daily from 10am-9pm

PLUS check-in is located on Lake St., just east of Ashland at the Union Park Gymnasium. If you already have your PLUS wristband, you can enter through the PLUS fast lane at Gate 2. PLUS upgrades will be for sale at the Box Office or at the PLUS area inside the festival.

Getting Here


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.


The Ashland stop on the Green and Pink lines is right at the northwest corner of the park. There is an accessible entrance.


The Ashland #9 bus runs north/south and stops on the western edge of Union Park. The Madison #20 bus runs east/west and stops 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. Every year we provide a safe lot to park your bike while you attend the festival. There is a secure bike parking lot just north of the festivals main entrance at 325 N. Ashland.


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, ADA restrooms, and an ADA entrance on Ashland, just north of the main entrance.

We have designated viewing platforms for ADA festival attendees at the two main stages. In order to access these platforms, please check-in at the ADA entrance.

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 need space to store any equipment such as oxygen tanks or insulin, please email us ahead of time, so that we can make accommodations.

Resource & Response Center

Pitchfork Music Festival has an on-site Resource and Response Center where professionally trained counselors and a dedicated security team will be available to attendees who witness or experience behavior in violation of ​Pitchfork Music Festival’s Code of Conduct.


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.

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.

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!

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.


Keep yourself light on your feet and your phone charged by using one of our lockers to stash your personal items. We provide safe, secure, and easy storage with all-day access so you can come and go to your locker at any time!

You can reserve a locker for one day or all three! When you reserve a locker online, you will receive an email 24 hours before the fest containing your locker location, locker number, and lock combination so you can simply find and use your locker.

Click here to reserve your storage lockers before they sell out!

Rules & Regulations

Artists subject to change.

Children under the age of 10 are free when accompanied by an adult.

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

No video recorders and no cameras with detachable lenses will be allowed on the festival grounds.

If you are at all unsure about the equipment you’re planning to bring, leave it at home!

Re-Entry Policy
Please keep in mind that there will be absolutely no re-entry into the festival, except for PLUS ticket-holders.

There are numerous hotel accommodations in close proximity to the festival. Camping is not available on the festival grounds or surrounding area.

Lost & Found
Lost and Found is located in the will call trailer on Ashland Avenue. You can pick up lost and found items at Union park for one week after the festival.

Special Dietary Needs
Pitchfork Music Festival does its best to cater to the various dietary preferences and needs of all our guests. At least one third of our food vendors present menus that provide gluten-free and vegan options. If you have more specialized dietary concerns, please see information about medical needs.

Alcoholic Beverages
A valid government-issued photo ID is required to purchase alcoholic beverages on the festival grounds. Attendees will need to show their ID to festival security personnel in order to receive a wristband that will allow them to purchase alcohol. Sales of alcohol will end promptly at 9:30 pm.

Health & Common Sense
We want all our visitors to have a healthy and safe festival experience, so please take these common-sense steps to ensure you’re feeling great when the weekend is over: ①stay hydrated; ② eat regularly; ③ dress appropriately; and ④ protect yourself from the sun.

Please Respect Our Neighbors.
Union Park and the surrounding historic neighborhoods have been very gracious in welcoming us to their home for eleven years. Please show your respect and consideration for them as you enter and leave the festival. Don’t be loud, don’t litter, don’t lock your bikes to private property, and don’t post or distribute flyers in the neighborhood. Please help us to continue the longstanding exchange of goodwill with the wider community around our event.

Prohibited Items
All attendees will be searched upon entering the festival grounds. You will need to empty your pockets, and have all your items examined. If you have an approved-size bag or purse (see Allowed Items List), security will examine that as well. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone.

The following items are prohibited:

  • No glass of any kind
  • No weapons of any kind (regardless of permit)
  • No pepper spray
  • No paint of any kind (including paint markers and spray paint)
  • No fireworks
  • No illegal substances
  • No drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • No bike chains, bike locks, wallet chains (that exceed 12 inches in length and a width of 1 inch)
  • No laser pointers
  • No professional grade radios or walkie talkies
  • No tents, canopies, or umbrellas (larger than 1 foot/12 inches)
  • No flags or totem poles
  • No unsealed tampons
  • No pre-filled vape pens (see allowed list below for vape specifics)
  • No stuffed animals/dolls (including stuffed animal purses)
  • No unauthorized/unlicensed vendors
  • No unauthorized solicitation of materials, including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, giveaways, samples, etc.
  • No wagons, skateboards, bicycles, scooters, go-carts, hoverboards, or ATVs
  • No pets, unless it is a service animal
  • No coolers
  • No outside food or drinks
  • No open containers
  • No multi-pocket backpacks or bags
  • No bags bigger than 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28 cm x 12 cm) including purses
  • No bota bags (empty hydration packs and camelbaks are permitted; must be able to remove water pouch from bag)
  • No push carts
  • No sports equipment (including frisbees)
  • No flammable products
  • No professional cameras, detachable lenses, tripods, GoPro sticks, monopods, audio recording devices/equipment, or selfie sticks
  • No laptops or iPads/tablets
  • No projectiles or explosives
  • No knives or sharp objects, including pocket knives
  • No water guns or misters
  • No chairs
  • No hammocks
  • No inflatable couches
  • No grills of any kind (including propane and charcoal)
  • No generators
  • No gas masks or tactical gear
  • No aerosol cans (including deodorant, bug spray, sunscreen and perfume)
  • No drones, remote flying devices or unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Any other items deemed as posing a threat to the safe enjoyment of the patrons
  • If you bring any of the items on the above prohibited items list into the festival, such items will be confiscated and discarded and you can be subject to removal from the festival based on the sole discretion of festival management. Under no circumstances will festival management hold any prohibited items for you.

Permitted items

  • Strollers accompanied with a child
  • Factory sealed tampons
  • Blankets, sheets, and towels
  • Binoculars
  • Factory sealed vape pens, factory sealed vape cartridges, empty vape pens,
  • GoPro Cameras (no GoPro sticks), point and shoot cameras, disposable cameras
  • Bags will be restricted to small purses/satchels/fanny packs/drawstring bags, and may not exceed 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28 cm x 12 cm).
  • Two (2) factory sealed bottles of water (up to 1 liter each). Security will break the seal upon entry.
  • Empty CamelBaks, empty hydration packs (must be able to remove water pouch from bag) and empty water bottles (plastic or aluminum only) with a max size of 36oz.
  • Sun block (non-aerosol). Does not need to be factory sealed.
  • Factory sealed bug spray (non-aerosol). Security will break the seal upon entry
  • Please visit this website regularly for the most up-to-date information.
  • All rules and regulations are subject to change.

Pitchfork Music Festival will take place rain or shine.

By entering the festival grounds you will be agreeing to allow your image to possibly be photographed or filmed for the use of the producers. You are not allowed to bring in video cameras or professional-quality cameras, including cameras with detachable lenses.

Pre-existig Medical Needs
If you have pre-existing medical conditions that require medication, special diets, or simply awareness, please notify our security staff when entering the festival. They can direct you to our first aid tent near the main gate to ensure that medications are properly stored, and other needs are met. Please bring a copy of a letter from a medical professional. If you have any medical-related questions, please email our medical staff ahead of the festival.

Anyone needing prescription medicine at the festival must present the pharmacy-labeled container which states the prescription, dosage, and patient name to our medical staff at each entrance gate. The medicine in the container must match the prescription medicine noted on the label on the container (i.e. the container cannot contain multiple types of medicine). The name on the container must match a government issued ID. Patrons are only allowed a sufficient supply of the prescribed medication for that day.

Medicines needing to be inhaled or smoked are prohibited unless in a prescribed inhaler.

Over the counter medications are allowed in a sufficient supply for the day. Bottle contents will be verified by medical personnel at the entry gates.

Security & Safety
Chicago’s well-respected and experienced security company S3 will be providing their services at Pitchfork Music Festival. Their presence is intended to make this concert experience safe and fun for everyone. Please respect and follow all rules and regulations; they were created with your safety in mind.

Code of Conduct
Pitchfork seeks to be a welcoming summer festival and community. As a festival guest, you have an active role in creating an enjoyable and accepting environment for your fellow attendees, including speaking out when you see unacceptable behavior.

Pitchfork has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment or discrimination of any kind, including but not limited to: race, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, and disability status.

Offensive behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Acts of physical assault or battery
  • Verbal abuse
  • Racial or ethnic slurs
  • Groping, sexual assault, or unwanted sexual remarks
  • Stalking
  • Threatening language

Any individuals or groups found in violation of this policy may be removed from the festival.

If you feel you’ve been harassed, or feel unsafe, please visit our Response and Resource Center, or a festival staff member, or member of our security team.

Acts & Set Times
All acts advertised have confirmed their appearance at the Pitchfork Music Festival.Acts, however, are subject to change without notice. A complete list of set times will be released in early June, but may be subject to change.

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation will be ticketing people for posting flyers on light poles, telephone poles, or any other piece of city property. At $250 per flyer, you might want to consider whether this will be a cost-effective way to promote your band/energy drink/toothpaste/movie night/etc.


The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued an Excessive Heat Watch, which is in effect from Thursday afternoon through Saturday evening. Lather on the sunscreen. Remember to hydrate before, during and after the festival each day. Attendees are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle. The festival provides two water filling stations for you to refill your water bottle. Be sure to balance your electrolytes by eating salty snacks. And please, keep an eye out for the safety of your friends and the festival community.
To offer further relief from the heat, the festival will provide:
·      3 cooling buses (located at either end of Washington Blvd.)
·      First Aid Hydration area, giving away free bottled water (located south of the main gate along Ashland Ave)
·      1 misting tent area (located on the east end of Washington Blvd.)
·      3 locations for free drinking fountain water; each location with 5 lines (located at the west end of Washington Blvd. & just south of the Green Stage)
·      18,000 extra bottles of free water have been ordered and will be given away at the front of each stage and at the main gates as attendees enter the festival
Additionally, the festival has added 3 roaming teams of 2 first-aid workers to be on the lookout for health and heat-related issues with attendees.

Lastly, knowing there will be a lot of questions about what you can/can’t bring with you due to the heat, here is a reminder of the permitted and prohibited items:


No aerosol sunscreen/bug spray

No beach umbrellas


Sunscreen does not need to be factory sealed, you can bring the same sunscreen each day 

Small battery powered fans

Umbrella hats

Camel bags (empty)

Soft ice packs

Spray bottles/misters (empty)

2 sealed water bottles

Reusable water bottles


Hotel Chicago Athletic Association

In town for the weekend, or looking to turn a local festival commute into an overnight staycation? A 10-minute ride from Union Park on the Pink and Green lines, the Chicago Athletic Association hotel is a novel downtown destination on the doorstep of Millennium Park, and a historic monument to the big-shouldered spirit that defines our city. From Cindy’s restaurant and rooftop bar, to Cherry Circle Room’s elevated regional classics and everything in between (including Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea for a morning buzz and Shake Shack for a late night snack), the hotel’s seven restaurants and bars have something for everyone.