Everything You Need to Know for ARC Festival 2023

Written by Rebecca Hollman
Photos by KURZA

ARC Music Festival is taking over Chicago for Labor Day Weekend, September 1st-3rd with three massive full festival days and unlimited after parties to choose from at venues around the city. Friday kicks off at 2pm and we can’t wait to see you all there! Check out everything you need to know to get ready for the weekend below.

Set Times:

Updated set times for all three days are out with Friday seeing the likes of Tinlicker, Adam Beyer, Anfisa Letyago, Boris Brejcha, Boys Noize, and more. The Friday stages will be headlined by an Eric Prydz HOLO set, Cassy b2b Toni Varga, Nina Kraviz, and Dalton Taylor. Saturday will see more tech house and minimal techno with Patrick Topping, Hot Since 82, Dombresky, and more and will be finished out with headling sets from John Summit, Ilario Alicante b2b Dennis Cruz, Fisher b2b Loco Dice b2b Nic Fanciulli and a surprise TBA set on the Arc Car. Sunday will round the weekend out with melodic and minimal techno sets on every stage including Miss Monique, Peggy Gou, Âme b2b Dixon and Derrick Carter. Black Coffee, Tale of Us, Hiroko Yamamura, and Vintage Culture will close out the entire weekned.

The sound of ARC bridges the global electronic music scene by taking modern house music icons and putting them alongside Chicago’s own originators, international techno artists and multi-genre live performances. It is this diverse programming that illustrated the ARC curation and connected the scene’s contemporary innovators, Chicago’s founding members of dance and everything in between.

Venue Information:

Union Park

1501 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60606

Festival Hours: 2pm – 10pm

Transportation Info:

We suggest that fans take public transportation, ride a bicycle, or take a cab/ride-sharing service to ARC. These are the most effective, environmentally sound, and neighborly methods to get to Union Park. The CTA stop is just blocks away from the festival entrance – the most convenient route to the fest.

Bus: The Ashland #9 bus runs north/south and stops on the western edge of Union Park. The Madison #20 bus runs east/west and stops just south of the park, it also runs directly from Ogilvie station and is a short walk from Union Station downtown.

Train: The Ashland stop on the Green and Pink lines is right at the northwest corner of the park. There is an accessible entrance.

Bike: Check the official map for the location of our Bike Parking area.

Car: The festival does not provide any parking for festival attendees. There are no sanctioned parking lots for public use in the Union Park area associated with the festival. Please use ride sharing services if you are planning on driving to ARC.

Site Map:


Reserve your lockers for ARC 2023 weekend now. To reserve your locker, please visit here.

General Admission Lockers

  • You will have unlimited access to your locker during festival hours & can come and go from your locker as you please!
  • Locker dimensions are: 11” wide, 13 ½” high, and 18” deep
  • If you rent a multi day locker, you can leave your items in your locker overnight!
  • Each locker will have access to (1) mobile charging pack (w/cords) that you can use to charge any of your devices throughout the duration of your locker rental. Once the batter pack is out of battery, simply exchange it for a fresh one at the locker reservation table.
    ** In order to use the mobile charging pack, a $10 cash deposit will be required upon pick up of the charging pack at the locker reservation table located inside of the Locker Tent. Once you return the mobile charging pack then you will receive the full $10 cash deposit back.
  • After pre-purchasing your locker below, you will receive an email 24 hours prior to the event containing your locker location, locker #, and lock combination
  • All lockers and surface areas will be disinfected prior to your arrival and continuously cleaned and sanitized throughout your locker rental period.

ARC Music Festival ICON VIP Lockers

  • There will be a limited number of lockers available for ICON VIP ticket holders inside the ICON ICON VIP area. ICON VIP lockers are complimentary and will be available on a first come, first served basis.
  • All lockers and surface areas will be disinfected prior to your arrival and continuously cleaned and sanitized throughout your locker rental period.

After Parties:

From intimate basement clubs to full-on warehouse spaces, the ARC After Dark parties are taking over the best venues in Chicago. 70+ artists, 25+ shows, and more than 10 venues, ARC After Dark keeps the music going late into the night and all weekend long.

All ARC After Dark shows go on sale to ARC 3-Day and Single Day pass holders Thursday, July 27th at 12pm CT. If you do not have your ARC pass, you have until Wednesday, July 26th at 11:59PM to secure it and gain access to ARC After Dark. On the morning of Thursday, July 27th you will receive a unique code that will give you access to every ARC After Dark event.

Get your passes NOW.


If you need to find more information about the event or see the list of allowed/not allowed items, check out the ARC website HERE and HERE.


ARC Music Festival is an accessible event, and the festival is dedicated to continually improving efforts to ensure that festival goers have access to all the event amenities. The following link explains the services provided by the festival this year. Please read this informational guide thoroughly before sending an inquiry email.

For any accessibility-related questions not answered in the guide, please email us at [email protected]. We will do our best to assist you and address your accessibility needs.

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