If you’re attending the Chicago Open Air Festival July 15, 16 and 17 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL this summer, there will be no shortage of things to do, see and partake in. Not only will there be performances from more than 40 bands to choose from, you may have a hard time deciding which of the Gourmet Man Food vendors is worthy of your time or which Craft Beer option sounds the most appealing. If food and alcohol are not your thing, there will be opportunities to get up close and personal with various bands during scheduled meet and greets and you can even get your hands on and play around with musical instruments. Check out all of the cool experiences Chicago Open Air Festival has in store for you.
If three days of music isn’t enough for you, get the party started early the night before. On Thursday, June 14, the official Chicago Open Air Pre-Party presented by 95 WIIL Rock and 100.7 QRock will be held at Concord Music Hall in Chicago. Headliners Otep will be joined by opening acts Shaman’s Harvest, Islander and Through Fire. Chicago Open Air ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets in advance for $10. Regular tickets are $17. Both options can be purchased here.
If the pre-party at Concord Music Hall doesn’t interest you, make plans to attend the Chicago Open Air Inaugural Kickoff Dinner presented by Chicago’s Goose & Fox and hosted by Jose Mangin of SiriusXM on Thursday, July 14 at 6:00 PM CDT. The BYOB dinner will feature five courses with seasonal and local ingredients from Midwestern farmers for $75.00. Limited tickets are available here.
Friday, July 15: Rammstein, Chevelle, Ministry, Of Mice & Men, Meshuggah, The Devil Wears Prada, In This Moment, Hollywood Undead, Trivium, Hatebreed, Periphery, Drowning Pool, Butcher Babies, Through Fire
Saturday, July 16: Disturbed, Korn, Breaking Benjamin, Alter Bridge, Gojira, Helmet, Deafheaven, Carcass, Pop Evil, Nothing More, Saint Asonia, Miss May I, Beartooth, Silver Snakes, City Of The Weak
Sunday, July 17: Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Marilyn Manson, Bullet For My Valentine, Killswitch Engage, BABYMETAL, Asking Alexandria, Corrosion Of Conformity, All That Remains, letlive., We Came As Romans, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Upon A Burning Body, Gemini Syndrome
FOOD & DRINK
Gourmet Man Food: Chicago Open Air will feature selections from Chicago-area favorites such as: Bruges Brothers (Braised Oxtail Poutine, Currywurst, Comeback Fish and Chips) ● Chicago Doghouse (Rattlesnake and Rabbit Sausage, Smoked Alligator Sausage, The Midway Monster Hot Dog) ● Crème Of The Crop Food Truck (Grown Up Mac & Cheese, Strawberry Chicken Wrap, Tater Skins) ● Dia De Los Tamales (Cuban Tamale, Spicy Black Bean and Corn Tamale, The Chicago Beef) ● Dinky’s Donuts ● International Spud Station (The Spudnik, Apollo-Mash, Nebula Chips) ● Kuma’s Corner (Led Zeppelin Burger, Iron Maiden Burger) ● Pizano’s (Chicago deep dish) ● The Happy Lobster (Happy Lobster Roll, The Angry Lobster Roll, Fried Lobster Mac And Cheese Bites) ● Yum Dum (Kimcheesy Fries, Braised Pork Belly Baos). Additional Gourmet Man Food vendors from around the country will include: Cheeze Louise (Salmon Grilled Cheese Melt or Bowl, Meat Lover’s Grilled Cheese, Fried Chicken Mac N Cheese Bowl) ● Cravin’ Cajun (Spicy Shrimp Po-Boy, Gator Critter Fritters, The Soft Shell Crab Sandwich) ● Master of Patties (The Brekky Burger, The Muffaletta Burger, The Beef Wellington) ● Pie Baby Wood-Fired Pizza.
Kuma’s Corner: Offering the best burgers in Chicago, Kuma’s started in 2005 with its flagship location at the corner of Belmont and Francisco avenues in Chicago’s Avondale. From their origins as a corner bar with solid American bistro fare, they’ve grown to two locations that offer the finest burgers available on this planet or any other. Kuma’s ethos is simple: Support your community. Eat beef. Bang your head. Look for the official Chicago Open Air #GourmetManFood burger at Kuma’s.
Headbangers Beer Hall: This unique METAL themed bar is a 100×80 dive bar experience complete with Marshall amplifiers lining the back wall, a unique jukebox playing heavy metal music, rocker pinball machines, Chicago favorite Kuma’s Corner serving their signature metal themed burgers just next door, and more that will give fans a dark, heavy metal, craft beer and cocktail experience all on site at Chicago Open Air. The Headbangers Beer Hall will feature national and regional craft beers and artist inspired beverages including: Goose Island (Chicago – 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Four Star Pils), Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago – Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Vallejo IPA, Pony Pilsner), Iron Maiden’s TROOPER Beer, Lagunitas (Petaluma, CA – IPA, A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’), Motörhead Wine, Surly (Minneapolis – Surly Hell Lager, Surly Furious IPA), Two Brothers Brewing (Chicago – seasonals TBA), and more to be announced. Look for unique experiences throughout the weekend with members of bands at the bar, as well as former MTV Headbangers Ball host and Cathouse founder Riki Rachtman playing some of his favorite songs and guest bartending during the weekend.
Monster Energy Experience/Sampling: Monster Energy will be keeping all fans fueled up and ready to rock by offering free sampling on their Monster Energy viewing deck. Enjoy Monster Energy drinks from one of the best seats in the house. Make sure to check back throughout the festival for a schedule of Monster Energy’s interactive artist experiences. Monster Energy Facebook
Jack Daniel’s Experience: “Taste of Tennessee” invites visitors to come out and tour the nation’s oldest registered distillery from outside the Jack Daniel’s Hollow. Visitors get to see (and smell) whiskey dripping slowly through charcoal and the new oak barrels used in maturing Tennessee’s finest whiskey. The Jack Daniel’s Experience is open to all fans, 21 years old and up, for tours free of charge. Stop by the Jack Daniel’s Experience for interactive engagements throughout the weekend. Jack Daniels Facebook, Jack Daniels Instagram
The Music Experience: The Music Experience features all the elements that are involved in making music in a professional band setting. The interactive exhibit features guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards and electronic gear that are used by today’s most popular bands. The Music Experience has autograph signings and artist interactions throughout the day. Check The Music Experience Facebook and The Music Experience Instagram for the latest info on who will be hanging out at The Music Experience.
Keep Golf Metal: Keep Golf Metal is a movement that encourages festival attendees to play a 9 hole putt putt course with PGA level golf clubs provided by Rife Putters and MasterFit Custom Golf Clubs. Keep Golf Metal also has apparel that features designs that fuse the rock and golf worlds together.
f.y.e. Fan Experience: f.y.e. will be hosting the ultimate fan and artist interactive experiences throughout the festival. f.y.e. is the only place at the festival to get all your favorite band’s music – and maybe even get to meet your favorite Chicago Open Air performers. Check back for updates on artist meet and greet and autograph signing sessions. FYE Facebook, FYE Instagram
Dyin 2 Live / Fxck Cancer: The F C Cancer Foundation’s mission is to fight cancer by raising awareness and to educate about early cancer detection, ultimately putting an end to late stage cancer diagnosis. The Dyin 2 Live wish granting program looks to enrich the lives of those fighting cancer by offering them an experience that will bring joy, hope, inspiration, and courage into their lives. In doing this, the program hopes it can help give the cancer fighter a chance to forget, even if it’s only for a day, what they are battling. The hope is that it can be used as a source of inspiration to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour.
www.FxckCancer.org, www.makingdreamshappen.org, www.Dyin2Live.org.
Facebook: facebook.com/Dyin2LiveDREAMS or facebook.com/FxckCancerUSA Instagram: @FxckCancer and @Dyin2LiveDreams
Take Me Home Animal Rescue: Take Me Home is a not for profit, volunteer based foundation that has been saving the lives of homeless animals since 2001. Many families living in low-income areas cannot afford medical care, basic vaccinations, or spay/neuter surgeries for their companion animals. The donations raised help us to fund mobile veterinary hospitals to travel into these under-served areas to provide free spay and neuter, vaccinations, microchipping and administer medical care for animals in desperate need. Take Me Home also supports local animal charities. Come by the booth to help out our furry friends by buying a shirt, signed merchandise, and entering a raffle. Danny Wimmer, Founder, DWP, said, “DWP is proud to support various charities, giving them a national platform to promote their messages. We are particularly fond of Take Me Home, which advocates for animal adoption. I hope everyone stops by their booth and supports their fundraising efforts to help animals in need.” For more information, please visit: www.takemehome.tv
Facebook: facebook.com/TakeMeHomeRescue Instagram: @TakeMeHomeRescue Twitter: @TMHRescue
AFTER SHOW EVENTS
If you have any energy left at the end of the day during the festival weekend, keep the party going with one of two Official Chicago Open Air After-Show Events. On Friday, July 15, check out Helmet with Tight Phantomz at Double Door (1551 N. Damen Ave., Chicago). Purchase tickets here. On Saturday, July 16, check out Carcass with Deafheaven at Metro (3730 N. Clark Street, Chicago). Purchase tickets here.
Don’t miss out on what is expected to be a fantastic festival! Weekend General Admission and VIP tickets are available here.