I realize it’s asking a lot to talk about “Summer’s Last Stand” when we haven’t even hit Memorial Day yet, much less summer, but hear me out.

North Coast Music Festival is kind of the like the little festival that could. It’s not overstated in any way, it takes up a fraction of the footprint of other festivals, but with many of the same amenities and offers and equal-caliber lineup year over year. If you’ve been to bigger festivals like Coachella or Bonnaroo, it’s worth checking out NCMF for, if anything, the ridiculous convenience of walking between the four stages in under 10 minutes, even at peak times.

The ninth iteration of North Coast sees a heavy dose of hip-hop, trap, jam bands, and music that defies categorization. If you like it heavy, it looks like 2018 is the year for you to head to Chicago for Labor Day Weekend.

In addition to music, there’s a heavy emphasis on food options as well as art installations that celebrate the artists and history of the city of Chicago. This year sees a collaboration between the festival and Ava Grey Designs and The Elder Tree to create a Living Art Gallery.

Head to North Coast’s site for full details and to pick up tickets for you and your crew. Prices start at $129 for 3-Day GA passes & $149 for 3-Day VIP passes.
Single Day tickets range from $45 – $55 for GA and $65 – $75 for VIP.

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I try to tell the story of the people that create music and experiences through pictures as well as through words.