Pitchfork Music Festival

Union Park · Chicago

July 17—July 19, 2015


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Union Park  ·  1501 West Randolph Street  ·  Chicago, IL 60607
Union Park  ·  1501 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607

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The main gate for the event is located on Ashland Avenue, between Washington Boulevard and Lake Street. There is NO LONGER a smaller gate located at the east end of Washington Boulevard

Gates Open:

  • Friday 3:00 pm
  • Saturday Noon
  • Sunday Noon

Will Call Open:

  • Friday 1:00 pm
  • Saturday 11:00 am
  • Sunday 11:00 am
Getting There

The Pitchfork Music Festival strongly encourages attendees to bike, walk, or take the bus or train to and from the festival.

Download the Uber app and enter promo code PITCHFORK2015 for a free ride up to $20.

If you’re travelling from within the Chicago area, please use the following resources to help plan your trip: Chicago CTA, PaceBus, MetraRail. The CTA runs extra buses and trains for our event, so take advantage of it!

If you’re traveling from outside of Chicago, please consider using a bus or train for your journey: Amtrak, Greyhound, Megabus. Ridesharing is also an excellent option.


Do you want a safe and secure place to store your things? Entertainment Lockers will once again provide safe, secure and easy storage with all-day access so you can come and go to your locker at any time!

Lockers with unlimited cell phone charging are now available!

Bike Parking

Biking is a great way to get to the festival. This year we have ample and secure bike parking available at the northwest corner of Union Park near Ashland and Lake.


The Pitchfork Music Festival aims to be accessible to all guests. It is our goal to continually improve access to all guests with disabilities.

In order to help us create the best experience for you, please contact us ahead of time with any questions, needs or concerns. Direct all inquiries to medical.

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.

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.


Hyatt Regency Chicago

151 East Wacker Drive

Chicago, Illinois 60601

(312) 565-1234

Just blocks away from State/Lake Green Line stop that can take you right to the festival grounds (Ashland Green Line stop).

Chicago Marriott at Medical District/UIC

625 South Ashland Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60607

(312) 491-1234

Within walking distance of Union Park. easy travel to and from the festival is also available via the Ashland #9 bus.

Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

230 North Michigan Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60601

(312) 345-1000

Within walking distance of the State/Lake stop on the Green Line that can take you right to the festival grounds (via the Ashland Green Line stop).

Crown Plaza Chicago Metro

733 West Madison Street

Chicago, Illinois 60661

(312) 829-5000

Located less than 1 mile from festival grounds. The Madison #20 bus will take you to Ashland and Madison (just a few blocks south of Union Park).

Chicago Getaway Hostel

616 Arlington Place

Chicago, Illinois 60614

(773) 929-5380

Chicago Getaway Hostel has the friendly atmosphere of a hostel with the style, comfort and service of a boutique hotel. Free wi-fi. Easy travel via the Red or Brown Line to the Green Line Ashland stop; or take the Fullerton #81 bus west to Ashland #9 bus south to Union Park.

Hotel Allegro

171 West Randolph Street

Chicago, Illinois 60601

(312) 236-0123

Conveniently located in the loop within 2 miles of Union Park. Close to all CTA train lines.



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.

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.

Sellers often dig out rare catalogue items for the event. Plus, buying direct form labels means you save a few pennies by avoiding shipping fees.

Coterie Chicago Craft Fair

The work of 40 jury-selected artists will be for sale at the festival’s Coterie Chicago Craft Fair, including locally designed and crafted clothing, jewelry, unique paper goods, home furnishings, and more.

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. Book Fort publishers include Curbside Splendor Publishing, featherproof books, Third Man Books, Hobart, Short Flight / Long Drive Books, Spork Press, Magic Helicopter Press, Haymarket Books, MAKE Magazine, Publishing Genius Press, Big Lucks Books, Sarabande Books, Poetry Magazine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

Rules & Regulations

Artists subject to change.

No outside food or beverage 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!

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

Re-Entry Policy

Please keep in mind that there will be absolutely no re-entry into the festival.


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 cameras (NO cameras with detachable lenses).

Ticket Re-Assignment & Other Ticket Issues

PMF has moved to the print-at-home ticket service Ticketfast. All purchased tickets need to be printed at home. If changes occur to your plans and you can no longer attend, no name changes are needed - you can simply give the digital print-at-home ticket to your friend. PLEASE NOTE: tickets will only scan once at entry, prohibiting multiple copies of the same ticket.


Please check here for a list of suggested accommodations. Camping is not available on the festival grounds or surrounding area.

Special Dietary Needs

PMF hopes to adhere to the many dietary concerns of its attendees. One third of festival food vendors present menus that provide gluten-free and vegan options. If your needs are extraordinary, please see information about medical needs.

Pre-Existing Medical Needs

If you have pre-existing medical conditions that need medication, special diets, or awareness, please notify security when entering the festival. You will then be directed to first aid to ensure your medications or other needs are maintained or housed should they need refrigeration. Please bring a copy of a letter from a medical professional.

Prohibited Items

All attendees will be searched upon entering the festival grounds. The following items will not be allowed: Tents, flags, lounge chairs, instruments, knives or other weapons, video cameras, audio recording devices, professional cameras (NO cameras with detachable lenses), selfie sticks, pets, food, beverages (other than sealed bottled water), drugs or drug paraphernalia.

Permitted Items

Digital cameras (non-professional), disposable cameras, film cameras (non-professional), fanny packs, sealed bottled water, backpacks/satchels (medium-sized), hats, sun block, lighters, sunglasses, cigarettes, and folding chairs are permitted.

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 9:30PM. There are NO REFUNDS for unused beverage tickets.

Security & Safety

Chicago's well-respected and experienced S3 will be providing their services at the 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.

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: (1) stay hydrated; (2) eat regularly; (3) dress appropriately; and (4) protect yourself from the sun.


The Pitchfork Music Festival will take place rain or shine.

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.

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.

Please Respect Our Neighbors

Union Park and the surrounding historic neighborhoods have been very gracious in welcoming us to their home for several years. Show respect for them as you enter and leave the festival. Please 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.

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.

Please visit this website regularly for the most up-to-date information.

All rules and regulations are subject to change.