Spring Awakening is the place to be to revel in the change of seasons and all that it brings. Make merry and dance to the beat as you move from spring to summer! Pack your bags for an unforgettable experience in Chicago, Ilinois. Described as the largest all-electronic music event in the midwestern states, Spring Awakening allows you to mingle and mix with other music lovers at a venue that dishes out the ultimate festival encounter.
The best of the best come to perform at this venue! Attend this musical gala expecting to see stunning stage productions that start in the afternoon and entertain well into the evening. Close to 100 artists will amp it up with electronic instruments and provide an awesome dance mix with their turntables and voices.
Dance and party all day and then retreat to your relaxing haven for the night so that you can recharge your batteries! When considering camping options, seek a wilderness adventure in your tent or RV. Campgrounds within close proximity spoil outdoor enthusiasts with an abundance of forests and trails, sand dunes, marshes, and lakes. Need a break from the music scene? Listen to the bullfrogs at night, instead!
Decide on the experience you want to have and purchase your wristband! Three-day Spring Awakening tickets will sell out quickly, so it's best to book in advance. General Admission tickets are available for those 18 years of age and over, while the VIP experience is open to festival-goers who are over 21. Ticket prices often range between $75 and $400 depending on whether you are attending for one day or the entire weekend. Don’t forget to add on a Spring Awakening t-shirt and a parking pass if you will need one.
Spring Awakening is held in the fabulous “windy city.” Set your GPS to the coordinates of the park gates and get ready for a wild weekend! The venue is just 30 miles outside of downtown Chicago and is easily found in the Northern suburbs of the city. You may encounter toll roads along the route, so be prepared for that as you head to the 27-acre venue.
Remember to purchase your parking pass when you order your festival ticket. Options are General Parking and Preferred Parking, which is the closest lot. Weekend or daily passes are obtainable. You will need to show your parking pass upon arrival each day when you arrive so be sure to keep the pass handy!
Festival organizers have made it a breeze for attendees who want to use public transportation. Free shuttles will ferry you with ease from the metro train. The shuttles, once you exit the train, are complimentary of the festival and are a quick and easy alternative for those who would rather leave the wheels at the campsite.
There is no onsite camping or overnight parking at Spring Awakening. However, the glorious outdoors awaits less than an hour from the melodious action of the festival. Change the guitar riffs and electronic beat for the sound of a rippling brook and the song of a majestic owl.
Travel less than an hour, or more if you have the urge to venture outside the city to find the campground that suits you best. From state parks to private campgrounds, the region has it all. You can choose to camp or stay in the comfort of your RV; several campsites offer electricity hookups, flush toilets, swimming pools, firewood, and even wireless internet!
With 27 acres of festival ground to explore, you best bring your most comfy pair of walking shoes! You can’t bring your hoverboard, ATV, scooter or any other mode of transport whether on two wheels or four. The list of forbidden vehicles includes push carts, so leave those at home as well and be prepared to walk and dance your way through the weekend.
A light breeze is typical in the windy city keeping it true to its namesake, but under the sunny skies of the burbs, you will want to be careful and dress for the temperatures and humidity that often heat up a summer music festival. Attendees of Spring Awakening should wear light clothing, ensuring that a hat is part of the daily wardrobe. Make it fun but functional, and you won’t regret the decision! Bring a sweater for the evenings, and because the area is known for summertime showers, a rain poncho is strongly recommended!
The Spring Awakening website has an extensive list of what you cannot carry onto the grounds. Be sure to take a look at the list so that you do not bring a prohibited item (sports equipment, large umbrellas, and chairs are on the “do not bring it list,” for example). A refillable water bottle is a must as are sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, and binoculars so that you can see all that there is to see on the expansive grounds!
Spring Awakening organizers have planned well! Take advantage of designated cooling areas if necessary. There is a “celebrate safe” booth where you can pick up free electrolyte packs to add to your water bottle; keep your eye on your hydration and that of your friends. Organizers also ask that you assist other music lovers if you see that someone looks unwell. If you have a certified service animal, alert the festival planners ahead of time that you will be bringing your companion along. Remember to keep them hydrated and cool, too!
Have a hearty and healthy breakfast before leaving the campground or hotel. There are no grills of any kind permitted on site at Spring Awakening, and no outside food or drinks are allowed. In between dance sets, treat yourself to delicious food for purchase served up Chicago style!
Tasty fare is at your fingertips in very close proximity to the Spring Awakening festival if you choose to dine before entering the gates of the dance party. Are you a lover of sticky wings, sandwiches, pizza cooked to perfection, steak as you like it, or snacks like soft pretzels? Say no more; this is just a primer of the food available minutes from the event.
Your wristband is strictly for entry only and can be scanned only once a day meaning you cannot re-enter until the next day if you leave. Inside the festival grounds, there are ATMs for the cash payment of food, drinks, and merchandise. If you prefer not to carry money on your person, credit cards are accepted by most food and vendor stalls. Support local businesses by patronizing the vendors and remember, you will enjoy the exhilarating stage performances much more on a full stomach!
Zero tolerance is the status for drug use or possession. Be prepared to empty your bags and perhaps to even have a full pat down as you enter the gates. Narcotics officers and police will be on duty at all times to ensure the safety of all concert-goers. Present your 21+ government issued ID to get a wristband if you choose to have an alcoholic drink. Spring Awakening is a celebration that thousands attend every year. Know where your friends are at all times and stick together for a safe and secure experience.
The city of Chicago is notorious for its unsettled weather. It is a rain or shine event! Of course, sunshine and great music go very well together, but in the event of weather that presents a danger, the stage shows will have to stop without the issue of refunds. Be prepared for all eventualities. Apply sunscreen multiple times a day and bring rain gear just in case.
Spring Awakening has a qualified Health & Safety Team that will be patrolling the grounds over the three days. Look for the medical stations marked with a red cross so that you know where they are if you need assistance. Feel free to flag a member of the personnel down at any time; every medical need is considered important at this event.