CHICAGO OPEN AIR
WRAPS ITS INAUGURAL WEEKEND WITH OVER 75,000 IN ATTENDANCE
OVER THREE DAYS AT TOYOTA PARK
JULY 15, 16 & 17 IN BRIDGEVIEW, IL
FEATURING RAMMSTEIN’S ONLY U.S. PERFORMANCE OF 2016
WITH SLIPKNOT, DISTURBED, KORN,
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, CHEVELLE, BREAKING BENJAMIN AND MORE
The first-ever Chicago Open Air brought more than 75,000 fans to Toyota Parkin Bridgeview, IL on July 15, 16 and 17 for a monumental weekend of rock that featured Rammstein’s only U.S. performance of 2016 on Friday night, an epic homecoming for Chicago’s own Disturbed on Saturday, and a thunderous, show-closing performance from Slipknot on Sunday night. Along the way, Korn debuted their new single “Rotting In Vain,” Drowning Pool was joined onstage by 82 year old viral video sensation and America’s Got Talent contestant John Hetlinger for a crowd-pleasing performance of their hit “Bodies,” and extreme tech-metal messiahs Meshuggah announced their North American tour at a backstage press conference hosted by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin.
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.
Monster Energy, f.y.e., and The Music Experience hosted band meet-and-greets and autograph signings throughout the weekend. The Music Experiencegave fans the opportunity to get their hands on tons of musical instruments and gear, including the 30 Seconds To Shred competition judged by former MTVHeadbangers Ball host Riki Rachtman, plus The Student Experience backstage tour. Headbangers Bier Hall kept fans refreshed with local and regional craft beer, and entertained with DJ sets from Jose Mangin and Riki Rachtman. The Jack Daniel’s Experience debuted a new fully immersive 360 degree virtual reality experience for fans. Fans also showed their charitable side with support for Dyin 2 Live / Fxck Cancer, and Take Me Home Animal Rescue, which raised over $32,000 to support animal rescue and spay and neutering initiatives.
The festivities commenced on Thursday, July 14 with the Chicago Open Air Inaugural Kickoff Dinner presented by Chicago's Goose & Fox and hosted by Jose Mangin, and the official Chicago Open Air Pre-Party presented by 95 WIIL Rock and 100.7 QRock at Concord Music Hall with performances from Otep, Shaman's Harvest, Islander and Through Fire.
Photos by Ralf Lipp