Birdhouse Festival 2018
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Stay abreast with this essential info so that you can shake what your momma gave you at the upcoming edition of Dirtybird’s Birdhouse Festival!


In a few short days, the Dirtybird flock will descend upon the shores of Lake Michigan to deliver the second annual Birdhouse Festival! The new venue features ample grassy areas and stunning views of the Chicago skyline. In addition to the always stellar house music vibes, street-fair style games and activities should make the second installment of the Birdhouse Festival one for the record books!

To help you get ready for all the fun with the Dirtybird Fam this weekend, we’ve compiled all the essential info you need to go. Read on for the set times, easiest routes to get to the festival, what not to bring with you to the event, and plenty more!


Birdhouse Festival 2019 Essential Info:

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Hours: 2PM – 10PM CDT
Venue Address: Lakefront Green – 2401 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60614
Tickets: Purchase HERE
Facebook Event Page: RSVP HERE


Birdhouse Festival 2019 Set Times:

Birdhouse Festival 2019 Set Times


Getting to Birdhouse Festival 2019:

React Presents strongly encourages attendees to use the CTA, rideshare (Uber/Taxi/Lyft) or bike.

CTA Bus:

  • Route 76 (Nature Museum Stop, walk 5 min)
  • Route 74, 151 or 156 (Stockton & Fullerton Stop walk 5 min)

CTA ‘L’ Train:

  • Fullerton Red Line Stop, Then take Fullerton Bus (Route 74, 10 min ride)

Uber / Taxi / Lyft:

  • Pick-up/drop-off is at Fullerton & Canon. Enter “Fullerton Ave. & Cannon Dr.” as your destination in the app and instruct your driver to let you off at Fullerton + Cannon intersection. Then it’s a brief walk east on Fullerton to Lakefront Green.

Driving (Parking):

  • Paid: Lincoln Park Zoo Lot at Fullerton + Canon
  • Street: North of Fullerton on Canon or Stockton

Birdhouse Festival 2019 Do’s & Don’ts:

Prohibited Items
  • NO glass in any form
  • NO weapons of any kind including knives or sharp objects (including spiked jewelry)
  • NO paint of any kind including paint markers and spray paint
  • NO pens or markers
  • NO illegal substances, drugs or drug paraphernalia of any kind (including medical marijuana)
  • NO oils or salts
  • NO prescription drugs that are being shared with others
  • NO products that are being used or may be used for an unintended purpose that could be hazardous to your health or the health of others
  • NO opened or unsealed cigarettes or tobacco products
  • NO pre-filled Vape pens (See Allowed list for Vape specifics)
  • NO large chains
  • NO metal spikes
  • NO laser pens, pointers or similar light device
  • NO frisbees
  • NO opened tampons  – MUST be factory sealed
  • NO pacifiers
  • NO opened/ unsealed over the counter medications/vitamins or eye drops
    (Can request certain OTC from on-site medical.  See Allowed list for details on Prescription drugs)
  • NO vending without permit allowed
  • NO bicycles, scooters, go-carts, ATVs, skateboards, rollerblades or skates
  • NO animals or pets (Service Animals/ Guide dogs okay with valid credentials)
  • NO coolers
  • NO outside food or beverage (Other than Water, see Allowed list)
  • NO Masks
  • NO open containers
  • NO Bota bags (clear Camelbaks are allowed, empty upon entry, with clear pouch)
  • NO Large bags: Nothing larger than a medium-sized purse or average-sized school backpack
  • NO aerosol cans, regardless of content
  • NO flammable products or materials including fireworks, explosives or projectiles
  • NO water guns or misters
  • NO chairs or hammocks
  • NO flyers, stickers, posters
  • NO drones and/or other similar flying apparatus
  • NO sleeping bags
  • NO professional cameras, recording equipment or detachable lenses
  • NO selfie sticks
  • NO tactical gear or clothing resembling police, SWAT, security or Public Safety
  • NO musical instruments of any kind including whistles
  • NO glow gloves or sticks
  • NO stuffed animals or dolls
  • NO flag poles (See Allowed list for flags and totems details)
  • NO Native American Headdresses
  • NO inflatables furniture or balls
  • NO Balloons or Chinese lanterns
  • NO item that can be used as a means to disturb the peace, endanger the safety of the crowd and/or inflict damage to people.
  • NO spray or aerosol sunscreen (See Allowed list for sunscreen details)
Permitted Items
  • Water – One (1) Factory sealed clear plastic personal serving-size bottle
  • Clear plastic personal sized container for water – must be empty upon arrival
  • Camelbaks – must be empty upon arrival and have clear pouch that comes out of pack (Botabags are not allowed)
  • Factory sealed cigarettes
  • Empty Vape Pens with factory sealed vape cartridges
  • Single use factory sealed Vape Pens
  • Sealed cosmetic products (max. 3 oz or 90ml)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats
  • Fanny packs, medium or small purses, cynch-bags and average sized school backpacks
  • Factory sealed lip balm
  • Factory sealed gum and or mints (NO CANDY)
  • Factory sealed cream-based sunscreen (no aerosol or spray sunscreen allowed)
  • Umbrellas
  • Hand-fans
  • Recreational cameras, Point + shoot cameras, Go-Pros, disposable cameras (No Go-Pro sticks, professional cameras or detachable lenses)
  • Hula Hoops
  • Poi Instruments as long as the materials are SOFT. Any poi instrument with hard materials will be denied upon entry
  • Flags (but no flag poles)
  • Blankets
  • Lighters
Service animals

Person with disabilities, or service animals in-training, must be wearing appropriate apparel and must possess current credentials from an accredited service animal school

Prescription & OTC Medications

Prescription medications are allowed only in the original prescription bottle. Any persons attempting to bring in prescription medication must have valid government issued identification that matches the full name printed on prescription; pills in bottle must match description printed on prescription. If a person has mixed pills in a single prescription container, or if a person is attempting to enter with pills in a non-prescription container, medical representatives should be involved to make the final determination on if pills should be allowed into the venue.

Over the counter (OTC) medications are allowed providing they are new and in original factory sealed container.

Totem Guidelines
  • 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.
  • Made from a lightweight material (foam, PVC, etc.).
  • Poles must not contain any 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.

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 Birdhouse Festival.

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


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Tim was introduced to the electronic music scene in the summer of 2009 and has been an avid listener ever since. He has attended a variety of music festivals including Dirtybird Camput, Electric Forest, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Movement. His favorite artists are Deadmau5, Above & Beyond, Eric Prydz, and Bassnectar. Tim enjoys house, techno, and trance, along with some bass music mixed in for variety. Originally from Muncie, Indiana, Tim is now located in Indianapolis, IN and actively travels the country looking for new experiences and great music.

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