North Coast Music Festival

In anticipation of North Coast Music Festival’s 10th anniversary this week, start planning your weekend and make sure you’re prepared for the fest!


Labor Day Weekend is approaching, and festival-goers from around the Midwest know that North Coast Music Festival is right around the corner. Now in its tenth year, North Coast has now been providing music fans with incredible memories for an entire decade. However, this year, things will be a considerable change compared to the festival that Coasties have grown accustomed to.

Formerly taking place at Union Park, a comfortable park on the near west side of the city, North Coast Music Festival will be moving straight east toward the lakefront to Live Nation venue Northerly Island located on Lake Michigan. Northerly Island will provide Coasties with an awesome view of the skyline and a venue that’s usually reserved for big headlining bands on nationwide tours.

This year’s North Coast headliners include Bassnectar, Major Lazer, Flux Pavilion, and Jauz. With two main stages and two additional stages providing a home for local talent, there’s a ton to look forward to this Labor Day Weekend at North Coast’s new home.


North Coast 2019 Essential Info:

Dates: August 30-31, 2019
Hours: 2pm – 11pm
Ages: All Ages
Venue Address: 1300 S Linn White Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
Tickets: Purchase HERE
Facebook Event Page: RSVP HERE


North Coast 2019 Set Times:

North Coast 2019 Set Times

North Coast GoodBus 2019 Set Times

Silent Disco Set Times


North Coast 2019 After-Parties:

North Coast 2019 Afterparties


North Coast 2019 Map:

North Coast 2019 Map


North Coast 2019 Transportation & Amenities:

  • CTA buses will have a designated drop-off and pick-up located within the East Museum Lot
  • CTA trains are accessible via the Roosevelt Road station
  • Uber pick-up is located on McFeteridge Drive, just south of the Field Museum
  • Several parking options starting at $35 can be found on North Coast’s website
  • Bike parking is available at the corner of Solidarity Drive and Linn White Drive
  • Lockers (with charging) can be reserved now 
  • Free water stations will be located throughout the venue
  • No re-entry or ins & outs
  • More information can be found on the guide on North Coast’s website

North Coast 2019 Do’s & Don’ts:

Acceptable Items
  • Blankets (no larger than a beach towel)
  • Cell phones and portable chargers/external batteries
  • Cigarettes and lighters (cigarettes must be sealed upon entry)
  • Deodorant (must be sealed at entry)
  • Earplugs
  • E-cigs/vapes (refillable liquid chambers OK, must be empty upon entry—no E-liquid or E-juice of any kind will be permitted)
  • Empty 1.5 L transparent Camelbak
  • 1 factory sealed or empty bottle of water up to 1 gallon
  • Fanny packs
  • Glowsticks & glowing/illuminated costumes or jewelry
  • Gum (must be sealed upon entry)
  • Hula hoops—including LED hoops
  • Hydration packs with no more than two main compartments and one smaller compartment—must be empty upon entry
  • Juuls (one sealed Juul Pod OK at entry)
  • Lip balm & gloss (must be sealed upon entry)
  • Non-professional flash/still cameras, handheld and mounted GoPros (Head/Shoulder Strap) are permitted into the venue. GoPros mounted on stands/sticks/tripods/wands are prohibited.
  • Personal misting fan with a bottle no larger than 1.5L (must be empty upon arrival)
  • Physician-prescribed medication that is not expired (must show physician’s prescription and consult with a safety officer upon entry)
  • Powder makeup (liquid makeup is prohibited) – Must be able to see face with ID
  • Rain ponchos
  • Small bags, single-compartment backpacks, plush backpacks, purses (maximum 12″ x 12″ x 6″)
  • Strollers
  • Sunglasses & hats
  • Sunscreen lotion (no aerosol sprays – inspected upon entry)
  • Tampons and pads (must be sealed at entry)
  • Wet wipes (must be sealed at entry)
Prohibited Items
  • Aerosol products/cans
  • Air/helium/or any type of gas balloons/balls/inflatables
  • Anything deemed a weapon or weapon accessories of any kind (includes firearms, ammunition, pocket knives, pepper spray, explosives, fireworks, etc.)
  • Mace/pepper spray or other dangerous chemicals and compounds
  • Balls or Frisbees
  • Bota bags
  • Bandanas or mask of any kind
  • Drones, remote-controlled aircraft, toys
  • Illegal substances, drugs, and or drug paraphernalia
  • Edible jewelry, candy bracelets, or necklaces
  • Eye drops
  • Gas masks
  • Glass, cans, cups, or coolers
  • Handheld and mounted GoPros (Head/Shoulder Strap) are permitted into the venue.  GoPros mounted on stands/sticks/tripods/wands are prohibited.
  • Helium balloons
  • Inflatables
  • In-line skates, roller skates, skateboards, or bikes
  • Large chains or spiked jewelry
  • Large purses, bags or backpacks (over 12″ × 12″ x 6″)
  • Laser pointers and air horns
  • Lawn chairs
  • LED gloves or LED microlights used for light shows
  • LED whips
  • Liquid makeup
  • Paint, markers, pens, or spray paint
  • Massagers
  • Musical instruments
  • Open packs of cigarettes (upon entry)
  • Outside food and beverages including alcohol
  • Pacifiers
  • Pets (SERVICE ANIMALS ARE ALLOWED)
  • Professional photo, video, or audio recording equipment (no detachable lenses, tripods, big zooms, or commercial-use rigs)
  • Signage over 12” x 12” (this includes totems), totems, signs, posters, flags, banners
  • Stickers, flyers
  • Spiked clothing accessories
  • Stuffed animals or dolls
  • Tents, umbrellas, chairs, or blankets
  • Totems/staff/flag pole items
  • Toy guns, water guns, slingshots
  • Umbrellas or canes (non-medical)
  • Unauthorized solicitations, handbills, sampling, giveaways, etc.
  • Unsealed tampons or pads (upon entry)
  • Wagons
  • Whistles, horns, or other noisemakers or air horns
  • Wind chairs/sofas
  • Face masks of any kind/ tactical gear
  • Full face paint (must be able to match face to ID)
  • (Venue, Law Enforcement, and Security’s sole discretion) Anything deemed suspicious, inappropriate, unsafe or disruptive
  • Laptops, tablets, personal computers, or two-way radios

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 North Coast 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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