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Concerts in Chicago: Your month-by-month live music calendar

Keep up with the best concerts in Chicago this year with our critics' picks of tours and festivals hitting town. Buy tickets now before they're gone.

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Party people get down at a New Year's Eve concert at the Aragon.

Nashville has been dubbed Music City. Austin, Texas, carries the motto "Live Music Capital of World." We beg to differ. Frankly, it's hard to fathom a city in the world that offers more music festivals than Chicago. We throw a music festival every weekend in the summer—sometimes more than one. Hell, we have a music festival in January. And that's just the music festivals. We have yet to mention the baroque theaters, the dive bars, the dance clubs, the blues clubs, the grassy amphitheatres, the wineries and jazz clubs that host killer concerts every day. Yes, it can be overwhelming, which is where we come in. Here are our month-by-month picks of the best upcoming concerts in Chicago.

Concerts in Chicago calendar

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January concerts in Chicago

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February concerts in Chicago

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March concerts in Chicago

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April concerts in Chicago

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May concerts in Chicago

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June concerts in Chicago

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July concerts in Chicago

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Chicago summer music festivals

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Pitchfork Music Festival

What to see—and people watching—at the hippest festival of the year

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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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North Coast Music Festival

This is the most colorful crowd of the summer. Check out hip-hop bands, jam acts and crazy costumes

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Spring Awakening

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

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Ridiculous-looking people at Coachella 2015

We bring you these colorful characters to give you ideas for what to wear to Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, Spring Awakening and North Coast, but mostly because these heat-addled festival-goers are just a joy to behold.

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Concert photos and live reviews

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Wilco at Riviera Theatre

Wilco kicked off its six-night stand at the Riv, taking requests and digging into its back catalog

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St. Vincent at Chicago Theatre

From SNL to album of the year accolades, St. Vincent had a fantastic 2014

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Usher at United Center

Dancing R&B don glides across the stage in leather and red light

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Freaky Deaky VI Halloween party at Aragon

Costumed revelers party at the Aragon for Freaky Deaky VI and headliner Flux Pavilion

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Foo Fighters at Cubby Bear

Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters tear through the past for HBO at the Wrigleyville club

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Jack White at Chicago Theatre

The guitar hero rips into old hits, cover song and solo tunes in a marathon three-hour concert.

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Riverwest Music Festival

With canceled shows, inaccessible acts and extra costs, the inaugural EDM event had issues.

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Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

Logan Square gets down to a horde of local acts.

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Chive Fest at Soldier Field

So many bros.

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Vampire Weekend at UIC Pavilion

Ezra, Rostam and the two Chrises bring 'Modern Vampires' to our city.

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Die Antwoord at Riviera Theatre

Ninja, Yolandi and DJ Hi-Tek premiere bonkers hip-hop from their new 'Donker Mag'.

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Haim at Riviera Theatre

We came for Este's bass face and stayed for the Beyoncé cover.

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