CHICAGO OPEN AIR DRAWS OVER 75,000 TO INAUGURAL FESTIVAL
The first-ever Chicago Open Air brought more than 75,000 fans to Toyota Park in 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.