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Pitchfork Music Festival Fri Jul 10 2015

How to Pitchfork (and Win This Contest!)


The greatness that is Pitchfork Music Festival is just a mere week away, and it is certain that the 10th anniversary is going to uphold the fest's legacy of a well-curated lineup and a host of musical surprises within Chicago's spacious Union Park spot. It's a given that we'll be gathering to hear the stellar music options, so we've rounded up some tips for a our "How to Pitchfork Guide", showcasing delights that Pitchfork Music Festival has to offer you.

Still need a ticket to this exquisite 3-day event? Note your own Pitchfork tip or echo your favorite that is listed here within the comment section by 3pm today (make sure to utilize your email address!) for a chance to win! [Update: We've emailed our winner! Thanks to everyone for your tips!]

For Your Appetite

Temptation Vegan Ice Cream
At 4:00 when the sun is still blazing, you've been Pitchforking for three hours, and you're tired and sweaty and grimy and hot and you've still got four hours to go until the headliner, head over to the food vendors, and go alllllll the way down to the end - that's where Temptation Vegan Ice Cream is hiding out. Better than any non-dairy confection has a right to be (I'd argue better than any dairy treat out there) these little bundles of joy come in chocolate, vanilla, chocolate chip cookie dough and mint chocolate chip, and they are refreshing and delicious as all get out. There's something about that texture - it's like biting into summer, and it's just what you need to get you over that sunny mid-day bump into the coolness of the Pitchfork evening. Buy yourself a treat, plunk yourself under a tree and do some people watching.
-Celeste Mallama

Chicago Diner Gyro
I will forever feel indebted to the friend who first introduced me to The Chicago Diner. As a vegetarian moving to the city, seeing that sign of "Meat-free since '83" was like seeing a shining beacon saying "Welcome, Vegetarian Mecca." There's nothing more exciting as a vegetarian than having an entire menu to choose from, instead of that one sad vegetarian pasta. The overwhelming options are probably why I never got around to trying the Chicago Diner gyro until I went to Pitchfork (that, and I was probably too embarrassed to try and pronounce it - apparently it's "year-o" for anyone else who has trouble out there). It's worth the troublesome name - I'll get laughed at if it means they hand me a slice of thick and fluffy pita loaded with layers upon layers of seitan and smothered in tzatziki sauce, lettuce and tomatoes.
-Celeste Mallama

To Quench Your Thirst

Goose Island Beer Collaboration
Since 2013, Pitchfork collaborates with Goose Island and hosts tried and true favorites including Sofie, Matilda, and much more, alongside one craft beer curated by a notable musician. 2013 produced a delectable beverage honed by Killer Mike and El-P. This year, the mastermind behind the beer is the much-revered hometown act, Chance the Rapper. Aptly named No Collar, he requested that the beer be crafted in honor of the city's hardworking population, perfect to sip after the working day is through. Try this limited edition brew at the Goose Island stand throughout the weekend.
-Sarah Brooks

For Your Vinyl Collection

Chirp Record Fair
The friendly folks at CHIRP are always trying to help grow your vinyl collection - not only do they put on the annual record fair in April, but they also set up a booth at Pitchfork every year to sell their wares. If you enjoy a good vinyl hunt then you're in luck - CHIRP's vinyl collection is expansive and deep and includes hidden gems that will bring gasps of delight when you unearth them. Gapers Block will have a table there as well so make sure to stop by and say hello!
-Celeste Mallama

For Your Walls

One of my favorite places to be at Pitchfork besides amid a crowd of music-lovers gazing watchfully at the numerous stages is Flatstock, the festival's own poster fair. Hosted by the American Poster Institute and Speedball, visitors can peruse stand upon stand of rare, vintage, and new posters crafted by the finest poster artists from around the country. Despite knowing that I already have too many, I can't help but add to my poster collection when I view the unique and eclectic works that speak to me, ones that I can't find anywhere else so easily and all in one place.
-Sarah Brooks

For Your Arrival

Getting There
Choosing how to get to Pitchfork affords us with plentiful options. The CTA Green Line's Ashland stop is just steps away from the park, but be aware that the lines can add up to hefty wait times following the headlining set. If you're looking for a scenic journey to Pitchfork, biking affords a convenient journey, with ample parking in a secured lot at the corner of Ashland and Lake. If you're new to ridesharing platforms, a first-time user of the Uber app receives a complimentary $20 credit with the promo code PITCHFORK2015. Whatever path you choose, the festival's convenient location allows for accessibility from every area of the city.
-Sarah Brooks

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Jennifer Moy / July 10, 2015 11:00 AM

Download the festival app before heading to the park to plan your schedule, have access to a map, and get alerts of set time changes.

Jason Staples / July 10, 2015 11:13 AM

If you're unable to make every summer festival like most people, Pitchfork is always a safe bet. It's consistently the least chaotic and they always have the most free (and practical) stuff, including bandanas, cold drinks for rehydrating, and snacks.

John Brooks / July 10, 2015 11:59 AM

"I'll get laughed at if it means they hand me a slice of thick and fluffy pita loaded with layers upon layers of seitan and smothered in tzatziki sauce, lettuce and tomatoes." Sounds absolutely delicious. Will definitely have to stop by. Thanks Celeste

Synthia / July 10, 2015 12:11 PM

First year at pitchfork & easily have never been more excited for a music festival. thanks for heads up about the vegan ice cream!

M / July 10, 2015 12:22 PM

definitely stop by to support the fine folks of CHIRP!

Jake Millan / July 10, 2015 12:28 PM

For your arrival.
That $20 uber ride might sound great right now, but want to know what sounds even better? $40 in free uber rides. When you set up an uber account it gives you a code to give to friends for a free $20 ride. If they use this code you are then also given a free $20 ride. Be sure to set up an uber for a friend you are going with and you guys can get a free ride not only to the festival but also back! Or you could always use mine and give me a free ride: jakem1390

Amelia Vargas / July 10, 2015 12:29 PM

We all wished the weather would play nice during a music festival, am I right!? However having a cap and a Ziploc bag will definitely be your go to items to save your sanity and electronics.

Anthony Ramirez / July 10, 2015 1:25 PM

Freeze your sealed water bottle the night before. Water lines are insane as there's only one spot. And will stay colder longer and throughout the day. Add money to your ventra card before the fest or buy a pass. Leaving the fest at the end of the day, lines will be long to use the machines.


Parker Molloy / July 10, 2015 1:58 PM

Drink water. Lots and lots and lots of water. And then drink more water. Basically, remain hydrated for maximum festival good times.

Mike McNamara / July 10, 2015 2:01 PM

Carrying sunscreen and wet naps makes you feel like a parent or an old person. But it helps you feel lots less gross by day 3.

Mike McNamara / July 10, 2015 2:01 PM

Carrying sunscreen and wet naps makes you feel like a parent or an old person. But it helps you feel lots less gross by day 3.

Jeff Webber / July 10, 2015 2:35 PM

There are technically rules about what you can and cannot bring in, but enforcement is laughably lax, even by festival standards. Even a token effort will probably help you bring in your hooch. Or what have you.

Jack Knorps / July 10, 2015 2:52 PM

Sometimes it pays to "camp out" if you want to get close for a particular set, other times it is miserable. The most miserable was LCD Soundsystem because seemingly everyone was waiting for that. Still 10x better than Lollapalooza any year.

Jack Knorps / July 10, 2015 2:53 PM

Sometimes it pays to camp out if you want to get close for a particular set, other times it is miserable. The most miserable was LCD Soundsystem because seemingly everyone was waiting for that. Still 10x better than Lollapalooza any year.

Mare / July 10, 2015 3:11 PM

Wear good, solid, comfortable shoes! I know you want to look cute, but this is not the event for strappy sandals. I've witnessed too many broken toes and mud-splattered feet as a result of cute shoes.

BunnyBear / July 10, 2015 8:26 PM

Cruising by the Whole Foods Market later in the evening can score you cheap eats as they look to clear the day's stock. I've scored bags of cherries at a dollar a piece and free sunflowers too!!!

Alex Zuckerman / July 11, 2015 11:37 AM

My survival guide tip, comfortable shoes. I know it sounds lame, but it's so important and you don't want your feet stomped on --- gotta dance all night.

leigh / July 17, 2015 2:18 PM

Don't forget about the awesome handmade goods at the Coterie Craft Fair! Come cool off and buy cool stuff!

2015 vendor list is here:

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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