Chicago’s summer-festival circuit is a prime opportunity to observe a colorful, if sweaty, cross section of the city’s populace. You can thank the festivals’ diverse lineups for drawing such a diverse crowd. This July, Pitchfork Music Festival welcomes headliners R. Kelly and Björk, finally bridging the gap between R&B fans and people who dress like birds. Across the city, the Lollapalooza juggernaut manages to pack devotees of everything from Mumford & Sons to Nine Inch Nails into Grant Park. The season winds down with the North Coast Music Festival at the end of August, where the surviving members of Wu-Tang Clan will perform their seminal album 36 Chambers
to an audience of likely Disco Biscuits followers. Whichever festival you attend, do as much people watching as show watching and celebrate the crazy congregation in an outfit that’s eclectic, comfortable, and cool.
Stay cool with a pair of denim shorts and a 100% cotton tank. A cross-body bag keeps all your festival essentials handy while a hat and sunglasses protect your skin from the harsh sun.
1. Crochet vest; Topshop
2. Cuffed denim shorts; Akira
3. Studded cross-body bag; Francesca’s
4. Cutout Outpost ankle boots; Free People
5. Straw fedora; Goorin Bros.
6. Cat-eye sunglasses; Art Effect
7. Gold crystal bracelet; Revolve Clothing