The time has come for Pitchfork Music Festival. This weekend, tens of thousands will flock to Chicago's Union Park for the three-day fest. We already know the complete lineup, which consists of headliners LCD Soundsystem, Solange and A Tribe Called Quest. Aside from music, there's so much more to know about the festival before going to it. Whether it's set times, kid activities, or which food vendors will be there this year, AXS has you covered with what to know about Pitchfork Music Festival 2017.
1. Gate Times: On all three days of Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 the gates will open at noon, and the main gate's located off Ashland Avenue. Need to pick up tickets from the box office? It's located by the main gate, and open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on all three days.
2. Set Times: On all three days the first act goes on at 1 p.m. The red stage and green stage are scheduled to where no acts are on at the same time. That's not the case with the blue stage. There's only 30 minutes between blue stage sets, which makes for scheduling conflicts. When it comes to the headliners, on each night the final act ends at 9:50 p.m. The complete list of set times are here.
3. Union Park's Location: If you're wondering how to get to Pitchfork Music Festival 2017, wonder no more. It's actually really accessible via public transportation. Union Park's located steps away from the Ashland green/pink line. Both of those lines are connected to the orange, blue, and brown line at the Clark and Lake stop. If coming on the red line, you can connect to the pink and green line via State and Lake. Those that want to take the bus can get to Union Park on the Ashland #9 or Madison #20 bus. If taking a cab or Uber, the address is 1501 W Randolph St.
4. Food: As always, there's going to be food vendors at Pitchfork Music Festival 2017. Some food booths that'll be there this year includes The Rice Table, Land and Sea, Billy Goat Tavern, Connie's Pizza, and Dia de los Tamales.
5. Storage & Charging Stations: Don't fret about losing battery power on your cell phone because there's going to be charging stations. The lockers that are for rent will have special charging stations. With a locker you'll get "unlimited cell phone charging" via a mobile charging pack. Lockers can be reserved online here. If getting one at the festival, it's cash only to rent.
6. Activities: Watching live music isn't the only thing to do at Pitchfork Music Festival 2017. Between sets, stop by the Renegade Craft Fair, Book Fort, or CHIRP Record Fair.
7. Kid Activities: This Chicago festival is family-friendly. There's going to be a kids area, which has a music house. At the music house there's going to be performance plays, raffles, petting zoo and more.
8. Orange Attire: If you notice an abundance of people wearing orange at Pitchfork, there's a reason. This year the festival is asking attendees to wear orange in order to show support for both Everytown for Gun Safety and Mothers Against Senseless Killings.