Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Chicago Open Air announces 2017 lineup

Image courtesy Chicago Open Air 2017
Image courtesy Chicago Open Air 2017

–By Sean Derrick

In what is possibly the biggest festival in the Midwest Chicago Open Air returns for a second year at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. Building on the incredible success from the 2016 festival, organizers have attempted to make it even larger.

If you ever needed a reason for a road trip this could possibly be it.

The three day rock festival which runs July 14-16, will feature some of the biggest names in metal and rock. Mainstage acts will incllude Rob Zombie, Godsmack, Slayer, Megadeth, Seether, Anthrax, Lamb of God, Clutch and headliners KISS, Korn, and Ozzy Osbourne.

KISS photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography
KISS photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine is excited about the playing at the festival and says “This year’s Chicago Open Air festival is going to kick so much ass! I mean, KISS, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Rob Zombie?! If I wasn’t playing, I would want to go just to be part of the party!! ” Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

The festival will also feature Gourmet Man Food featuring local and regional cuisine, the Headbangers Bier Hall highlighting top brews from the region, as well as The Music Experience and FYE Fan Experience with interactive features and exhibits.

Tickets for Chicago Open Air go on sale Friday, January 20 at Noon CT at

Tickets are priced as follows:


3-day General Admission Field: starting at $209.50

3-day General Admission Bowl: starting at $119.50

3-day VIP: starting at $425.00

Single Day General Admission Bowl: starting at $50.00

Slayer photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography
Slayer photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography

All VIP tickets include: VIP entrance lanes into the event, access to a VIP lounge area featuring dedicated food and beverage offerings (for additional purchase), field and stadium level viewing areas of the main stage, dedicated restroom facilities, and a commemorative Chicago Open Air VIP-only laminate.

No Service Fee tickets will be available at the Chicago Open Air Official Pop-Up Party at Kuma’s Corner downtown (666 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago) on Friday, January 20, starting at Noon. In addition, all three Chicago-area Kuma‘s locations ( will be selling No Service Fee tickets and exclusive Chicago Open Air / Kuma’s merchandise.

Discounted hotel rates are also available through Curadora. Visit for details.

The daily band lineup (subject to change) is as follows:

Friday, July 14: KISS, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Anthrax, Meshuggah, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Falling In Reverse, Vimic, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Crobot, Code Orange, Hell or Highwater, Failure Anthem

Saturday, July 15: Korn, Godsmack, Seether, Clutch, Steel Panther, Body Count, Avatar, Mushroomhead, Metal Church, Pig Destroyer, Dragonforce, Cane Hill, Night Verses, Black Map

Sunday, July 16: Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Stone Sour, Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth, Behemoth, Hellyeah, Demon Hunter, DevilDriver, KYNG, Norma Jean, Whores., DED

For more information on Chicago Open Air, visit:

Korn photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography
Korn photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography










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