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The 6th annual Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash Festival was held at Bridgeview's SeatGeek Stadium, the new home of Riot Fest. Credit: Facebook/Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash

CITYWIDE — Riot Fest might be moving to the suburbs — but it will create the Riot Fest Shuttle to take Chicagoans straight to the festival grounds and back.

Chicago's music festival landscape is still adjusting to the news that this fall's edition of Riot Fest will be held in suburban Bridgeview's Seat Geek Stadium instead of the fest's previous home in Douglass Park.

Almost immediately following the June 12 announcement, prospective festgoers began to speculate about transportation to Bridgeview to the newly announced RiotLand, predicting steep parking rates, crowded public transportation routes and expensive ride shares.

To help alleviate those concerns, Riot Fest announced the Riot Fest Shuttle on Wednesday. The festival promises that, with the service, shuttle buses “will take you directly to the festival venue from pick up points conveniently located near public transit, Aftershow venues and Chicago neighborhoods.” The one-day and three-day round-trip shuttle passes start at $30 a day.

Pickup and dropoff locations include popular spots like Gman Tavern, Delilah's, Avondale Tap, Concord Music Hall, Humboldt Park, Cobra Lounge, Harold Washington Library and Novel Pizza Cafe.

Inbound buses to the fest will start 10 a.m., followed by buses at 12:30, 3 and 5 p.m. Riot Fest doors open 11 a.m. The Riot Fest website advises that the shuttle dropoff is “just a short walk” from the festival entrance. 

Buses will return to the city starting 8 p.m. and continue “periodically past the completion of the festival. Buses will leave either when full, or no later than 45 min after the final act.”

Patrons will have to be dropped off at the same Chicago shuttle location where they were picked up. There will be a designated shuttle area on-site at Riot Fest, with staff and signs to help patrons find the correct shuttle line home.

Shuttle tickets can be bought online. Although the lineup has been announced, the specific Riot Fest daily schedule has not been released yet; that announcement is usually made in late August.


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