Chicago's Spring Awakening Music Festival is re-emerging in 2021 with some new twists, yet similarly stellar talent. 

The long-running electronic music festival is returning to Chicago's Addams/Medill Park, its previous home from 2016 through 2018. In 2019, the festival moved outside the downtown area to the Chicagoland suburb of Hoffman Estates. While the festival is returning to its prior home much to the delight of Chicagoans, it is doing so with a new image. Branded Spring Awakening Autumn Equinox, the two-day event will take place in the first weekend of October.

React Presents—the festival's promoter—promises even more novelty to look forward to. “We are thrilled to bring an eclectic mix of artists together this October in Chicago and celebrate the return of live music while showcasing new stage designs, art installations, and so much more,” said the company's Director, Brian Griffin.

Of course, what's Chicago's premier electronic festival without a talent lineup to write home about? Diplo, Martin Garrix, Madeon, and Galantis are just some of the bill's highlights, but beneath the surface are numerous show-stopping back-to-back sets that simply can't be missed. That includes a promising bass music beatdown from Doctor P and Funtcase, and mind-bending sonics from the tried-and-true duo of RL Grime and Baauer.

Recommended Articles

tiesto masked wolf

Watch Platinum-Certified Rapper Masked Wolf Drop Unreleased Collab With Tiësto

Tiësto has teamed up with the man behind "Astronaut in the Ocean," one of 2021's biggest sleeper hits, for a brand new collab.

Lost Lands

Here Are the Lost Lands 2021 Set Times and Day-to-Day Schedules

Performances from Excision, Getter, Rusko, and Virtual Riot are among countless can't-miss sets from Lost Lands 2021.


Porter Robinson Highlights Anthony Fantano's Infamous "Worlds" Album Review During Festival Set

Anthony Fantano has published hundreds of album reviews, but few have driven the controversy compared to his take on Porter Robinson's debut.

Tickets to Spring Awakening's "Autumn Equinox" festival are on sale now. 




Baker-SAMF2019-For EDMdotcom-9236

Defying Controversy and Doubt, Spring Awakening Returns with a Stronger, Safer Festival [Review]

Though its location was far, 2019 was Spring Awakening's smoothest festival in years with performances by GRiZ, DJ Snake, Excision, REZZ, Nora en Pure and others.

Spring Awakening Music Festival crowd photo.

Spring Awakening Announces Headliners and New Location for 2019 Event

Illenium, Martin Garrix and Rezz will perform at Spring Awakening 2019.

Spring Awakening night time

[BREAKING] Spring Awakening Music Festival 2020 Officially Postponed Due to COVID-19 Concerns

A staple of the Chicago festival scene, Spring Awakening is the latest festival to bite the dust amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spring Awakening night time

Official After Parties Announced for Spring Awakening 2019

React Presents announced What So Not, Malaa, Illenium, Alan Walker, Shiba San and others as headliners of official after parties.

Spring Awakening Music Festival crowd photo.

Spring Awakening Under Fire for Failing to Consult Officials on Move

Spring Awakening Music Festival's move to Douglas Park is mired in controversy.


Chicago is Giving Out Over 1,000 Free Lollapalooza Passes to Vaccinated Residents

The city of Chicago has offered a unique perk for music festival-goers fans as it enters its final reopening phase.


SVDDEN DEATH Teases "Largest Production Yet" At Upcoming Chicago Show

Coming from SVDDEN DEATH, fans should prepare for some wild surprises ahead.