Concerts in Chicago in August 2015

Lollapalooza is the big one, but there are plenty more shows in Chicago this August. See who's coming to town with our list of upcoming concerts in Chicago

Billy Joel

Dinosaurs like the heat. The concert slate in late summer reads like it did in 1994—or 1982. Billy Joel, Foo Fighters, Cheap Trick and more hit the big outdoor sheds and stadiums in August. Take a good summer read and a picnic basket and hit the lawn. The summer music festival season enters its final stage as well, and Lollapalooza is just the tip of the iceberg. Explore our picks of the top August gigs.

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Lollapalooza

Critics' pick

Set between breezy Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline, Lollapalooza is the city's largest music festival, boasting numbers of attendance well in the six digits.

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Grant Park Friday July 31 2015 - Monday August 3 2015

5 Seconds of Summer

Hey, One Direction, all boy bands go the way of the JoBros. Your fans can't stay 13 forever. Hence the freshest cheeks in the business, Australia's 5 Seconds of Summer, the heartthrobs behind those bizarre hashtags trends you never understand.

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First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Saturday August 1 2015 - Sunday August 2 2015

The Smashing Pumpkins + Marilyn Manson

Critics' pick

We hope Billy breaks out the old black leather skirts for this one. Oh, right, he goes by William now. Both the Pumpkins and Manson have been on a downward spiral (sorry, wrong electro-goth reference there) since the 1990s, but the two also released their strongest albums in a good while recently, wisely economizing and getting back to loud guitar riffs. They've finally realized their not an alternative, just classic rock.

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First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Friday August 7 2015

Idina Menzel

Critics' pick

There are sure to be thousands of little ice princess and green witches when Broadway belter Menzel hits Millennium Park. No, America will not let it go.

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Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion Sunday August 16 2015

One Direction

By August 2015, 1D will have reached the half-decade mark. That's dangerously close to the expiration date for boy bands. That explains why tickets for their concerts go on sale nearly a year in advance: Hook 'em while they still care.

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Soldier Field Sunday August 23 2015

Billy Joel

Critics' pick

Erstwhile angry young man Billy Joel—now an official Madison Square Garden franchise, like the Knicks and Rangers—is tacking on date after date in what's threatening to become an endless run.

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Wrigley Field Thursday August 27 2015

Foo Fighters

Critics' pick

After debuting Sonic Highways at Cubby Bear last October, Dave Grohl and his arena rockin' crew return to Wrigleyville. Urge Overkill, Naked Raygun and Cheap Trick open, making this a Chicago love affair. Only without Chicago (the band). Tickets are also available for the rooftops.

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Wrigley Field Saturday August 29 2015

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