Music & Nightlife

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

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The 20 best songs of 2014

These tunes are the ones that made a difference to us, with an earworm-y melody or well-placed lyric or for some reason we can't really explain (but try to anyway).

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The 20 best albums of 2014

The Time Out North America team united and voted. Here are our favorite records of the year, from FKA to Schoolboy Q

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The best foreign albums of 2014

Some of the greatest LPs this year were not in English. Explore the world of pop

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New Year's Eve concerts

Ring in 2015 with these top New Year's Eve concerts and DJ gigs

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Top 10 dance clubs

There are dance parties at clubs and bars across the city, offering everything from hip-hop to country. These ten are our favorite spots for a sweaty night of dancing

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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 U2, TV on the Radio, Bleachers, Lana Del Rey and more now

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Concerts in Chicago in January

Sam Smith hits an arena, Tomorrow Never Knows festival hosts dozens of acts, Fall Out Boy plays a homecoming gig and more

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Concerts in Chicago in February

Sleater-Kinney reunited, Fleetwood Mac on Valentine's Day, a Game of Thrones rave 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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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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Pitchfork Music Festival

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

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See more Chicago music festivals

Comedy shows this week

Red, White & Blaine

Waiting for Guffman fans rejoice! The homage to Blaine, Missouri, as featuring in Christopher Guest's 1996 comedy is coming to iO, including songs and scenes...

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TJ & Dave

This two-man show puts master improvisers TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi together for an hour of long-form.

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The Blue Show

If you miss the adult language in the usual ComedySportz match, than this is the show for you. Especially for the 18 and over crowd, this is improv is...

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The Second City's Holidazed and Confused Revue

Come to The Second City this winter and enjoy an R-rated sketch show poking fun at all the crazy and insufferable parts of the holidays.

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Laugh it up with more comedy in Chicago

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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Top 10 nightclubs

Our favorite spots for a sweaty night of dancing

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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 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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The 50 best drinking songs

Any occasion is a good occasion for a drinking song. Feeling too blue to say cheers? We've got songs to drown your sorrows, too.

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The 50 best workout songs

The best exercise songs known to humans right here, with the aim of giving you the best workout of your life

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Concert photos and reviews

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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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Foo Fighters at Cubby Bear

"I haven't played a place with a clock in front of me in a long f**king time." So said Dave Grohl, through his neverending grin.

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Jack White at Chicago Theatre

In case you forgot, Jack White has released a ton of music in the last 15 years. The erstwhite White Stripe delivered a mammoth concert that spanned the catalogs of all his acts.

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