Riot Fest has consistently been Chicago’s best music festival for the past few years, and finally, the festival has been recognized for doing so. USA Today and 10Best have named Riot Fest the country’s Best Music Festival as voted by fans, beating out other festivals like Electric Forest Festival and Bonnaroo. Notable music festivals like Chicago’s Lollapalooza and Pitchfork Music Festival, Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin City Limits, and SXSW, and California’s Coachella didn’t make the Top 10.
The accolades come at an uncomfortable time for Riot Fest organizers as they are currently facing some backlash from some Humboldt Park residents and Ald. Roberto Maldonado over the damage caused to the park from last year’s festival. A change.org petition was recently started to keep the festival at Humboldt Park, but it appears that it’s been taken down. Nevertheless, despite any opposition, Riot Fest has plenty of support. Being named the country’s best music festival goes to show just how much the festival and its organization have grown over the past 10 years. Here’s to 10 more!