Music is in the air. The Windy City is ripe with culture and gearing up for festival season. Most of the lineups have already been announced, which means it’s time for you to start picking and choosing which bands you want to see when and where. Mostly all of the festivals are, to varying degrees, relatively wheelchair accessible. Some more than others, however, which means you may want to do a bit of research ahead of time before you book your tickets. It may be a battle between convenience and a timeless life changing performance. Here are the festivals you can look forward to, along with some useful tips about accessibility in each of them. All festivals can be easily reached in Illinois wheelchair van rentals.
The lineup was leaked late last month. Headliners allegedly include Deadmau5 and Skrillex. If you’re an electronic music geek, this is the festival for you. The festival, which first started in 2012, will be held on Soldier Field. It is scheduled to go from June 10-12. Tickets for general admission cost $189. Go nuts!
Meanwhile, for those looking for a bit more of a tame experience, there will be another festival happening the same weekend as Spring Awakening. The entire festival is free of charge and is being held in Grant Park. It is the largest blues festival in the world, according to its website. Chicago is home to some of the biggest legends of the blues genre, including Muddy Waters, Freddy King, Buddy Guy, and many more. And there’s no sign of the city letting up on that tradition. The festival will also go from June 10-12.
Music snobs can be vexing at times. No question. But they do know their music and they sure know how to pick a lineup. Some highlights to look forward to this year include Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys performing all of the timeless classic Pet Sounds; Digable Planets will make their reunion; and the modern day John Coltrane, Kumasi Washington will be there too. For music lovers, Pitchfork will be a dream come true. The festival will go from July 15-17. 3-day passes cost $165. This will sell out fast. Get your tickets here.
And finally, the mother of all Chicago music festivals, where music lovers from all ends of the nation travel to see. Lollapalooza. This year will be headlined by the almighty Radiohead and Red Hot Chilly Peppers. You might even get to hear some material from Radiohead’s latest, unreleased album! Keep in mind, however, that mobility will be limited. There are wheelchair accessible sections near the stages that have space for one handicapped person and a companion. But in case of rain, you may not be able to navigate with the same ease as some of the other festivals. As you may have guessed, this one is already sold out. But if you’re motivated, you can surely find a way to get in, although prices will likely get steeper as the date nears. Craigslist has proven to be a reliable resource in the past. The festival will be from July 28-31. For more information on accessibility, click here.
Make this a summer to remember. Get your tickets now and see all of your favorite bands in one of the coolest cities in America. One of the best things about seeing festivals in Chicago is that it’s right in the heart of the city, so music is just one of many activities you can enjoy upon visiting with Illinois wheelchair van rentals, which you can book to have waiting for you at the airport. For more information on how to rent a van, call Wheelers Handicapped Accessible Van at 800-456-1371.