Dave Matthews Band @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island - July 4th and 5th, 2014


July 4th - Tickets Still Available

July 5th - SOLD OUT!


3pm - Parking Opens for Early Arrivals

4:30pm - Free Parking (included in ticket price) opens at all lots except Adler and East Museum

5:30pm - Venue Gates Open

7:00pm-11:00pm - Dave Matthews Band


Tailgating/Parking Policies:

- Tailgating is only permitted in the designated surface lots

- Tailgating will not be permitted during or after the show

- Guests must clear the parking lots immediately following the show

- Vehicles will not be allowed to park within the garages/lots overnight

- Purchasing of extra spaces within the tailgating lots is not permitted.  One vehicle, one space

- Trailers, boats, or anything being towed in is not allowed

- Port-o-lets are not allowed to be brought into any parking lot by guests

- Gas or propane grills are allowed at the surface lots only

- No canopies or tents of any kind within the lots

- No vending of any kind in the lots or anywhere surrounding them



Taxi drop-off will be located along McFetridge Dr. prior to the event. Guests will be directed to Roosevelt Rd. and Michigan Ave. to receive a taxi post event.


CTA Buses

Buses will drop-off and pickup guests at the transportation center located within the East Museum Lot.



Limos/Buses can drop-off and pickup within the turnarounds at McFetridge Dr.  Please note tailgating will NOT be permitted within the turnarounds.



Guests riding their bikes to the venue will be able to chain their bikes at the Bike Corral, located on the corner of Solidarity Drive and Linn White Drive.


Venue Shuttles

Due to the large amount of pedestrian traffic on Solidarity Drive, there will not be shuttles from North Garage as there is on standard setup shows. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


ADA Shuttle

Upon request within the parking lots, a shuttle will be provided to guests needing additional assistance. Guests can reach out to security patrolling the parking lots to radio for the shuttle. The shuttle will drop off at the Adler Planetarium and be able to provide service after the show, however, please be patient as it will need to wait until pedestrian traffic clears to be able to get back to the Adler drop-off for additional pickups.


Water Taxi

A water taxi will be available to/from the west side of the harbor to the east side near the venue. These will start at 4pm and run until needed after the event.


Parking is available in the following lots for the Dave Matthews Band concert:

Adler Lot*

Closest lot to the venue, with a limited amount of available parking for standard sized vehicles only. Venue VIP’s traveling in an oversized vehicle will be directed South Lot.  First come first serve for entry into this lot.  Lot has an additional parking fee regardless of entry time.


East Museum Lot*

Second closest lot to the venue with a limited amount of available parking for standard sized vehicles only.


Soldier Field North Garage

Enclosed parking garage for standard sized vehicles only.  Tailgating of any kind is not permitted within this parking facility.


Waldron Deck**

Located immediately south of Soldier Field, the upper level serves as a tailgating lot while the lower level is strictly parking, no tailgating. This lot is for standard sized vehicles only.


South Lot*

Located just south of the Waldron Deck and Soldier Field, this is a designated tailgating lot and is available for oversized and standard sized vehicles.


*Surface lots are designated as tailgate friendly lots

**Only the upper level of Waldron Deck may be used for tailgating, lower level is standard parking

Parking Fees:

Parking between 3p-4:30p:

Adler (VIP) Lot: $49

East Lot: $49

South Lot Oversize: $120

South Lot Car: $40

Waldron Deck Car: $40


Parking after 4:30p:

Adler: $49 (if spaces still available)

East Lot: Included in ticket price

North Garage: Included in ticket price

South Lot Oversize: $120

South Lot Car: Included in Ticket Price

Waldron Deck: Included in Ticket Price

Parking Map:

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Venue Information:


Gate 1 – designated for guests that have tickets for the GA Floor, Reserved 200 or 300 Level Seats, and VIP seating of the facility.  These are the normal ticket gates used for all shows at the venue.

Gate 2 – East of Gate 1, next to the 18th Street Beach House. This is for guests that have a general admission lawn ticket that shows “Enter Gate 2” on it.

Gate 3 – Located at the south side of the facility off of Linn White Dr. This is for guests that have a general admission lawn ticket which shows “Enter Gate 3” on it.


General Admission Lawn

Guests with a lawn ticket will not be permitted to enter the reserved seating areas/inner perimeter of the regular facility.  The lawn has a completely self-contained area of concessions, merchandise, restrooms, medical and security.


Lawn Access

Guests with tickets to the General Admission Floor, Grandstand Seating, and VIP, WILL have access to the lawn area via access points between the lawn and pavilion floor.


The Oasis

Located at the far end of the lawn, The Oasis is a large air conditioned tent with DJ (playing prior to the show), full cash bar (including microbrews and imports), food, and lounge furniture to relax.  This will be open to all attendees from 5:30pm-11:00pm.


Allowed in the venue

- Binoculars

- Non-professional cameras

- Blankets

- Backpack or small purse (searched upon entry)

- Extra Clothes

- Factory Sealed or Empty Water Bottles of any kind (except glass or aluminum)

- Food in up to a one gallon ziplock bag

- 6-pack size collapsible cooler

- Non-aerosol bug spray and sunscreen

- Audio recording equipment - must be on the person, no microphone stands


Items Not Allowed

- Professional cameras (anything with a detachable lens)

- Lawn Chairs

- Alcohol or beverages of any kind (other than factory sealed water)

- Weapons of any kind

- Drugs or drug paraphernalia

- Strollers

- Umbrellas

- Signage over 12”x12”

- Laser lights, pens or pointers

- Aerosol cans of any kind

- Any item deemed to be unsafe by venue management

- Video recording devices (other than cell phones)



Warehouse Members:

GA Pit entry will be at the far left turnstile at Gate 1.  Guests can pick up their tickets at the designated box office window, get their wristband and line up at that turnstile for early entry.  This will remain as the priority Warehouse Entry gate for the balance of the ingress.

Guests with Warehouse entry for the lawn gates (2 or 3) will lineup at the far left turnstile of each gate for early entry.  This will remain the priority access for Warehouse Entry throughout the ingress.  Look for the Warehouse Preferred Lawn Wristbanding tent upon entry to the lawn to receive your wristband!

Recycling Efforts:

We ask that guests be mindful of recycling efforts when they come to the venue.  Whether it's in the parking lots or inside the venue, please do your best to discard trash and recycling in their respective containers throughout the Museum Campus and within FirstMerit Bank Pavilion.  We thank you for the consideration and help in keeping the venue and surrounding parkland beautiful!


Vending of any kind is strictly prohibited on and around Northerly Island and the Museum Campus, including in and around the parking facilities.  This will be strictly enforced.


Venue Site Map:

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