Sashay into spring with Chicago’s music festivals

Celia Skaggs, Reporter

Despite the unusually cold weather taking over campus this week, Spring Quarter is officially in session, which means one thing: Music festival season is here. Although Lollapalooza doesn’t roll into town until August, there are still plenty of exciting music festivals to explore all quarter long. Whether you’re looking to dance the night away or spend an afternoon discovering local talent, Chicago has the music to help you rock your way through spring.

Mayfest, May 17-19: To get the best dose of local flavor, head down to Lakeview to experience a weekend jam-packed with the best food and talent Chicago has to offer. The festival highlights bands from the area, so it’s a great way to get downtown and check out area musicians before they make it big.

Chicago Blues Festival, June 6-9: If you’re looking to get a unique taste of Chicago culture before finals week, head down to the Chicago Blues Festival at Millennium and Grant parks. Admission is free, so it’s a great way to experience the legendary Chicago blues scene without breaking your bank. And if you can’t make it downtown on the weekend itself, the festival will host a variety of preview concerts all over the city in the month leading up to the big event.

Andersonville Midsommarfest, June 7-9: For a dose of the unexpected just a short ride from Evanston, check out the annual Midsommarfest on Clark Street. The historic festival celebrates Andersonville’s Swedish heritage, so it’s guaranteed to provide a wide variety of amazing Nordic food and entertainment throughout the weekend.

Spring Awakening Music Festival, June 14-16: There’s no better way to celebrate the end of finals week than dancing with thousands of strangers at this weekend-long rager at Soldier Field. Passes are available for single days or for the whole weekend, so there are plenty of ways to catch exciting sets from Calvin Harris, Nero, Bassnectar and Krewella before you head home for break.