July 18—July 20, 2014 • Union Park, Chicago
Guide to the Festival
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Union Park • 1501 West Randolph Street • Chicago, IL 60607
1501 West Randolph Street
The main gate for the event is located on Ashland, on the West side of Union Park, near Maypole.
A smaller gate is located at the east end of Washington Boulevard. Gates open at 3PM on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday.
Will Call opens at 1PM on Friday, July 18, and 11AM on Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20.
The Pitchfork Music Festival strongly encourages attendees to bike, walk, or take the bus or train to and from the festival.
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.
Biking is a great way to get to the festival. Every year we offer ample and secure parking for cyclists, with a bike valet lot that this year will be at the southeast corner of Ashland and Lake.
Lockers will once again be available for rental at this summer's festival.
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!
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.
As part of the Chicago Park District, Union Park is committed to making its facilities accessible to and usable by all patrons and visitors. There are ramps from the sidewalks to street and ADA restrooms. In addition, Pitchfork Music Festival can offer wheelchair accessible viewing for the two main stages.
- 151 East Wacker Drive
- Chicago, IL 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).
- 733 West Madison Street
- Chicago, IL 60661
- (312) 829-5000
Located less than 1 mile from festival grouns. The Madison #20 bus will take you to Ashland and Madison (just a few blocks south of Union Park.
- 625 South Ashland Avenue
- Chicago, IL 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.
- 616 Arlington Place
- Chicago, IL 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.
- 230 North Michigan Avenue
- Chicago, IL 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)
- 171 West Randolph Street
- Chicago, IL 60601
- (312) 236-0123
Conveniently located in the loop within 2 miles of Union Park. Close to all CTA train lines.
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. Buying direct from labels without shipping fees will save you a few pennies and sellers often dig out rare catalogue items for the event. Get there early on Friday if you want to score the best finds!
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.
Coterie Craft Fair
The work of 40 jury-selected artists will be for sale at the festival’s Coterie Craft Fair, including locally designed and crafted clothing, jewelry, unique paper goods, home furnishings, and more.
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.
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.
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), pets, food, beverages (other than sealed bottled water), drugs or drug paraphernalia.
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.
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.