After years of missing out, I finally made my way to the unknown of Pitchfork.
Now, I only went for the last day, but even so, Pitchfork Chicago was one of the more chill music festivals I've been to. I also want to apologize for the lack of photos as it was a very sad looking day, but trust me...Lauryn Hill looked amazing.
Coming in from the East gate, we were welcomed with the Flatstock Poster Fair, a walkway filled with poster vendors stacked on both sides. It featured local galleries such as All Star Press and numerous poster artists from around the country displaying their various works.
We were then met with what I call Restaurant Row where eateries such as Billy Goat Tavern & the Goddess & Grocer were housed for the festival. Personally, I grabbed a glorious OG Fried Chicken Sandwich & umami fries from Leghorn, more on that deliciousness another time.
There was a Goose Island Collaboration Bar, Beer Garden & Cooling Bus, a Renegade Craft & CHIRP Record Fair where you could buy artist & fest merch & last but not least, a Kid Zone. Yes, a kid zone because apparently parents like music too (Who knew?!).
We saw everyone from grandparents to even a few babies & toddlers. It was a definitely a very welcoming space for anyone & everyone. Plus with artists ranging from Chaka Khan to Smino, you know you're not walking into your average festival.
The most amazing part of this festival...you can sit & hangout without feeling judged because half of the other people are too. While the energetic youth & avid fans gathered near the stages, my friends & I grabbed a spot in between the two main stages and wait for it...whipped out a Pouch Couch. Most people had blankets or even lawn chairs, but we were the pioneers of the Pouch Couch. You're welcome folks.
Other than that, it was your typical festival with great music & great artists. We grooved to Smino, Noname & Chaka Khan and jammed during Lauryn Hill's Miseducation 20th Anniversary Performance, where she reminded all of us everything she's done for the hip hop community & her part in bringing generations together. While I could never speak to what her performance meant for a lot of the crowd, you knew you were apart of something bigger in that moment.
Located at Union Park in Chicago's Near West Side.
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