Music & Nightlife

Your guide to the best nightclubs, live music, comedy and concerts in Chicago

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Lollapalooza lineup and headliners!

Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + The Machine, Drake, Sam Smith and Bassnectar will headline

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Every Lollapalooza ranked, 2005–2015

Which Lolla was the best? The one with Daft Punk? Kanye? Not the one with Mumford.

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Every Pitchfork Fest ranked, 2005–2015

Pitchfork is turning 10 this summer, so we ranked 'em all. Which year was the best?

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The 11 best Kendrick Lamar lyrics

These are our favorite lines from what the best album of the year so far, To Pimp a Butterfly.

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10 Grateful Dead songs for haters

Get ready for the big Dead 50 shows this summer with our playlist of cool Dead tunes for non-fans

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Concerts in Chicago

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Concerts in Chicago this week

In the mood for a concert? Whether you want to mosh, sit or gently sway back and forth while standing, we have the event for you. Dig through our picks of the top rock & roll, electronic, pop, soul, jazz and blues shows taking place over the next seven days. Soak up some of the city's best live music this week and discover the top gigs and festivals on offer.

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Recently announced concerts

Buy tickets for Purity Ring, Sufjan Stevens, Billy Joel and more now

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Concerts in Chicago in March

Meghan Trainor, Maroon 5 and Ariana Grande lead a pop heavy month. Plus, the Decemberists, Echosmith and more

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Concerts in Chicago in April

Jessie Ware, Belle & Sebastian, Milky Chance, OK Go and more

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See the full calendar of upcoming concerts in Chicago

Music festivals

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Lollapalooza

Who's playing, pictures, what to eat, mud people, previews, reviews and more

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Pitchfork Music Festival

Who to see and people watching at the hippest festival of the year

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Riot Fest

Complete coverage of the second biggest festival in town

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Spring Awakening

The massive EDM festival in Soldier Field brings out the neon in everyone

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See more Chicago music festivals

Best music and nightlife venues in Chicago

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9 best blues clubs in Chicago

Boogieing to a bit of blues music is on the bucket list for most tourists. Here's where to go

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Clubs

Top 10 nightclubs

Our favorite spots for a sweaty night of dancing

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Comedy

The best comedy shows at bars and pubs

Some of the most daring Chicago comedy can be found in bars, bookstores and comics shops

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11 best rock venues in Chicago

Whether you're a music geek or just want to air guitar to some solos, these 11 venues should be on your radar

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13 best jazz clubs in Chicago

As you can see from our list of top jazz clubs in Chicago, jazz is very much alive here

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10 best hip-hop clubs in Chicago

Whatever you're looking for—a Top 40 urban playlist, cutting-edge rappers, old school jams, or a combination of it all—here are hip-hop music spots and dance clubs that will leave you satisfied

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The best songs ever

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The 50 best ’80s songs

The era of excess delivered on its promise sonically with glittering, shimmering gems

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The 11 best Björk songs ever

Her greatest hits, as voted on by Time Out's music staff

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The 50 best karaoke songs ever

So hit the karaoke bar, grab the mike, knock back your drink: It's time to take the stage

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The 20 best R&B songs ever

Take a bump ’n’ grind down memory lane with the top R&B songs from the last quarter-century

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Concert photos and reviews

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Meghan Trainor at House of Blues

That bass. Also: CONFETTI!!

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Fleetwood Mac at Allstate Arena

Christine McVie is back in the fold.

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Wilco at Riviera Theatre

Tweedy and crew dig into the back catalog at an emotional home show

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St. Vincent at Chicago Theater

Annie Clarke caps a massive year with a cool holiday gig

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Usher at United Center

Stunning pictures of the dancing man in motion

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