Spring Awakening
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Are you ready for Spring Awakening in less than two weeks? Get familiar with the new location and read on for more essential info!


It’s hard to believe that Spring Awakening Music Festival is already in its eighth year! Every June, fans from around the Midwest flock to Chicago to see some of the biggest names in dance music. One of the best festivals to attend in Chicago, SAMF continues to deliver a worthwhile experience every single year. The 2019 edition of SAMF will be headlined by Zedd, Illenium, Galantis, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, Dillon Francis, GRiZ, and more. Here’s who I’m most excited to see.

Held at Adams-Medill Park on the near south side of Chicago the last three years, Spring Awakening is moving to Poplar Creek at Hoffman Estates for 2019. Be sure to confirm all of your travel plans to and from the venue, as many attendees (including myself) will be traveling long distances to the far northwest suburban location. Thankfully, SAMF has us covered with convenient parking and shuttles to and from the venue. Keep reading for all the information you need!

Want a sneak preview of the new venue? Check out this video from Spring Awakening, and be sure to purchase your tickets now on SeeTickets


Spring Awakening 2019 Essential Info:

Dates: June 7-9, 2019
Hours: 1pm – 10pm, daily
Ages: 18+, 21+ for VIP Section
Venue Address: Poplar Creek – 5523 Prairie Stone Pkwy, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
Tickets: Purchase HERE
Facebook Event Page: RSVP HERE

Acceptable Forms of Identification for Entry
  • Drivers licenses, passports, and legal government-issues IDs will be accepted. IDs must contain both a photo and your date of birth. Temporary paper government-issued IDs that match these guidelines will be accepted.

Will Call Information 

  • If you purchased a ticket after May 23, your ticket will NOT be shipped. You will have to pick it up at Will Call. Luckily, you’ll be able to pick up your ticket starting on Monday. I HIGHLY recommend stopping by Will Call before Friday to avoid any lines at will call on the day of the festival.
    • Vic Theatre (3145 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago)
      • Monday 6/3, 12 PM – 8 PM
      • Tuesday 6/4, 12 PM – 8 PM
      • Wednesday 6/5, 12 PM – 8 PM
    • Festival Box Office (5523 Prairie Stone Pkwy, Hoffman Estates)
      • Thursday 6/6, 12 PM – 8 PM
      • Friday 6/7, 12 PM – 9 PM
      • Saturday 6/8, 12 PM – 9 PM
      • Thursday 6/9, 12 PM – 8 PM

Spring Awakening 2019 Set Times:

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Spring Awakening 2019 Official Afterparties:

Spring Awakening 2019 Official Afterparties


Spring Awakening 2019 Festival and Parking Maps:

  • Check back soon for the official maps from Spring Awakening! In the meantime, download the app on iOS and Android to make your schedule and be notified as soon as the maps are available.
Parking & Transportation Information 

Spring Awakening 2019 Do’s & Don’ts:

Prohibited Items
  • NO glass of any kind
  • NO Native American Headdresses
  • NO weapons of any kind (regardless of permit)
  • NO paint of any kind (including paint markers and spray paint)
  • NO fireworks
  • NO illegal substances
  • NO drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • NO large chains
  • NO laser pointers
  • NO tents or umbrellas
  • NO flags or totems with metal or wood pieces
  • NO large umbrellas
  • NO unsealed tampons
  • NO unsealed cigarette packs
  • NO pre-filled vape pens (see allowed list below for vape specifics)
  • NO stuffed animals/dolls (including stuffed animal purses)
  • NO pacifiers
  • NO unsealed over the counter medications/vitamins (prescription drugs in non-approved containers must be turned over to medical)
  • NO vending without permit
  • NO bicycles, scooters, go carts, skate boards, hoverboards or atvs
  • NO pets – unless it is a service animal.
  • NO coolers
  • NO outside food or drinks (1 factory sealed water bottle is okay)
  • NO open containers
  • NO backpacks with multiple pockets or  multi-pocket bags
  • NO bags bigger than 12″x 12″ including purses
  • NO luggage
  • NO bota bags (empty hydration packs and Camelbaks are permitted. must be able to remove water pouch from bag)
  • NO push carts
  • NO sports equipment (including frisbees)
  • NO tents or camping gear
  • NO soap, shampoo, conditioner or other detergents
  • NO flammable products
  • NO aerosol cans
  • NO camera tripods or go-pro sticks
  • NO projectiles or explosives
  • NO knives or sharp objects
  • NO open fires
  • NO water guns or misters
  • NO chairs
  • NO flyers, stickers, posters
  • NO hammocks
  • NO grills of any kind (including propane and charcoal)
  • NO generators
  • NO gas masks or tactical gear
  • NO aerosol cans (including deodorant, bug spray, sunscreen and perfume)
  • NO Chinese lanterns
  • NO LED gloves
  • NO drones or unmanned aerial vehicles
Permitted Items
  • Factory sealed cigarette packs
  • Factory sealed tampons,
  • Factory sealed vape pens, factory sealed vape cartridges, empty vape pens
  • Go-Pro Cameras (No Go-Pro Sticks), Digital phone, point and shoot cameras, disposable cameras
  • Fanny packs
  • Purses smaller than 12″x 12″,
  • One-pocket cinch bags smaller than 12″ x 12″
  • Single-Pocket Bags smaller than 12″ x 12″
  • Empty hydration packs or Camelbaks (you will be required to remove the pouch for inspection prior to entry)
  • Empty clear plastic water bottles
  • ONE factory sealed single-serving plastic water bottle per person
  • Hula Hoops
  • Poi toys and instruments as long as the materials are SOFT.  Any Poi instruments with hard materials will be denied upon entry.
  • Flags (but no flag poles)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats
  • Pashminas and Scarfs
  • Lighters
  • Factory sealed sunblock (non-aerosol)
  • Factory sealed bug spray (non-aerosol)
  • Lip gloss
  • Binoculars
Totem Details:
  • ALLOWED TOTEM DETAILS: Flags, Decorated Pool Noodles, and Totems that DO NOT contain metal pieces, sharpened elements, or are capable of being pounded into the ground or hurting others.
  • Totem Guidelines: Maximum height of 10 feet, made from a lightweight material (foam, PVC, etc.). Poles must be no thicker than one inch in diameter and cannot contain solid metal pieces. Decorated pool noodles recommended. Any item deemed dangerous, promoting illegal activity, or hate speech will not be permitted. Totems are subject to inspection.
  • NO Totems which contain metal pieces, sharpened elements, or are capable of being pounded into the ground or hurting others. Totems and flags without these pieces are deemed safe and adhering to these guidelines will be allowed.

Reminder to Mind Your Belongings:

Unfortunately, many people have reported pickpockets, bag slashings, and theft of wallets, smartphones, purses, and other valuables during this festival season. While this small number of bad apples in the bunch doesn’t define an entire crowd, there are opportunistic people who come to these events to take advantage of unsuspecting partygoers and it’s important to be mindful of your valuables while at Spring Awakening Music Festival.

Looking for tips to keep your belongings safe? Check our post highlighting some ideas!


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A lifelong Chicagoland native, Michael has been attending shows since discovering electronic music in late 2011. Usually sticking to events around the midwest, Michael attends Spring Awakening, Lollapalooza, Electric Forest, Ultra, and more festivals annually. With a music taste that includes everything from electro to techno to hardcore, Michael is here to share his unique passion for electronic music.

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