The first ever Chicago Open Air festival debuted with a crowd of 75,000 fans over the weekend of July 15th, 16th and 17th at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. The inaugural festival featured headline performances from Slipknot and Disturbed, and highlighted internationally acclaimed German metal band Rammstein’s only US performance of 2016.
Other highlights included the first live performance of Korn‘s new single “Rotting in Vain” and an appearance from 82 year old John Hetlinger (viral video sensation from America’s Got Talent) during Drowning Pool’s set.
In all, Chicago Open Air featured more than 40 bands on two stages, including local heroes Disturbed, Chevelle and Ministry, plus Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Marilyn Manson, Of Mice & Men, BABYMETAL, Gojira, letlive. and more. In addition to three days of nonstop rock, Chicago Open Air’s celebration of everything loud put a Windy City spin on Gourmet Man Food, with Pizano’s Pizza and Kuma’s Corner’s legendary heavy metal themed burgers, and other local favorites including Bruges Brothers, Chicago Doghouse, Dinky’s Donuts and more.
Check out some of our photo highlights from Chicago Open Air!