When: Dec. 30-31, 5:30 p.m. 2015
Festival season never ends in Chicago; it just slows to a trickle. The next wave lands soon—minifests clog club calendars in January—but the brand-new Reaction NYE has a leg up because it hits just before the New Year. The giant two-day festival is the latest bash from EDM-friendly promotion company React Presents, who’ve had plenty of success with multiday fests: Mamby on the Beach, North Coast, and Freaky Deaky, which made its outdoor debut in October, all bear their logo. The team say they’ll turn the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont—the same venue that hosts Wizard World Comic Con—into an “authentic warehouse-style party,” though few jams in abandoned industrial buildings have also had an arcade and a skate park, as this will. Or a lineup like Reaction NYE. Wednesday includes loads of great Chicagoans (ShowYouSuck, Glass Lux, Probcase, DJ Intel) as well as EDM lightning rod Deadmau5 and two of the finest acts to play Pitchfork this year, Chvrches and Run the Jewels. The grand finale on New Year’s Eve includes more lovely locals (My Gold Mask, Celine Neon) along with ethereal pop duo Purity Ring, a project between producer Claude VonStroke and Chicago house legend Green Velvet called Get Real, recent Bieber collaborator Skrillex, and the unstoppable Chance the Rapper. The fest offers hotel deals and tickets for a shuttle that connects to downtown Chicago, but the Rosemont Blue Line stop isn’t a big trek if you’re hoping to save some cash.
Price: $89-$99 per day, $130-$154.50 two-day pass