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ARC Music Festival Debuts In Chicago, Bringing Electronic Music To The Birthplace Of House: PHOTOS

The inaugural festival took place at Union Park.

The audience dances under a technicolor tent as Patrick Topping performs at elrow at the premier day of Arc Music Festival in Union Park on Sept. 4, 2021.
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WEST LOOP — House music fans flocked to Union Park over Labor Day weekend for the debut for the ARC Music Festival.

Electronic enthusiasts danced under a technicolor tent at the elrow stage as confetti was launched during Patrick Topping’s set. Other headliners included Fisher, ZHU and Eric Prydz.

“It felt absolutely amazing to achieve our goal of bringing the global scene to the birthplace of house music — not only to ARC, but to experience the entire city of Chicago,” Auris Presents Marketing Director Joe Calderone said in a statement.

Photos from the inaugural festival:

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Daniel Cono Cusma, @ta2dann1, blows bubbles and poses for a photo as Patrick Topping performs at the elrow stage during the premier day of Arc Music Festival in Union Park on Sept. 4, 2021.
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Fans dance as Nicole Moudaber performs at the The Grid stage during the premier day of Arc Music Festival in Union Park on Sept. 4, 2021.
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Fans dance as ZHU performs at the The Grid stage during the premier day of Arc Music Festival in Union Park on Sept. 4, 2021.
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Fans dance as Cirez D performs at the Expansions stage during the premier day of Arc Music Festival in Union Park on Sept. 4, 2021.
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Natasha Landew, who traveled from San Francisco to Chicago, Eli Hill and their friends pose for a photo as ZHU performs at the The Grid stage during the premier day of Arc Music Festival in Union Park on Sept. 4, 2021.
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The audience dances under a technicolor tent as Patrick Topping performs at elrow at the premier day of Arc Music Festival in Union Park on Sept. 4, 2021.
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Fans listen as Cirez D performs at the Expansions stage during the premier day of Arc Music Festival in Union Park on Sept. 4, 2021.
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ZHU performs at the The Grid stage during the premier day of Arc Music Festival in Union Park on Sept. 4, 2021.
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Justyna Michalska and her friends pose for a photo as Nicole Moudaber performs at the The Grid stage during the premier day of Arc Music Festival in Union Park on Sept. 4, 2021.
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Erica and Meridian pose for a photo as Cirez D performs at the Expansions stage during the premier day of Arc Music Festival in Union Park on Sept. 4, 2021.
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The audience dances under a technicolor tent as Fisher performs at elrow at the premier day of Arc Music Festival in Union Park on Sept. 4, 2021.
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ZHU performs at the The Grid stage during the premier day of Arc Music Festival in Union Park on Sept. 4, 2021.
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Fisher performs at elrow at the premier day of Arc Music Festival in Union Park on Sept. 4, 2021.
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The audience dances under a technicolor tent as Patrick Topping performs at elrow at the premier day of Arc Music Festival in Union Park on Sept. 4, 2021.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
Fans listen as Cirez D performs at the Expansions stage during the premier day of Arc Music Festival in Union Park on Sept. 4, 2021.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
Fans dance as Nicole Moudaber performs at the The Grid stage during the premier day of Arc Music Festival in Union Park on Sept. 4, 2021.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
Festival goers, some donning masks, walk around at the premier day of Arc Music Festival in Union Park on Sept. 4, 2021.
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Fans dance as ZHU performs at the The Grid stage during the premier day of Arc Music Festival in Union Park on Sept. 4, 2021.

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