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
January concerts in Chicago
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Chicago summer music festivals
Pitchfork Music Festival
What to see—and people watching—at the hippest festival of the year
Who's playing, pictures, what to eat, mud people, previews, reviews and more
Complete coverage of the second biggest festival in town
North Coast Music Festival
This is the most colorful crowd of the summer. Check out hip-hop bands, jam acts and crazy costumes
The massive EDM festival in Soldier Field brings out the neon in everyone
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.
Concert photos and live reviews
Wilco at Riviera Theatre
Wilco kicked off its six-night stand at the Riv, taking requests and digging into its back catalog
St. Vincent at Chicago Theatre
From SNL to album of the year accolades, St. Vincent had a fantastic 2014
Usher at United Center
Dancing R&B don glides across the stage in leather and red light
Freaky Deaky VI Halloween party at Aragon
Costumed revelers party at the Aragon for Freaky Deaky VI and headliner Flux Pavilion
Foo Fighters at Cubby Bear
Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters tear through the past for HBO at the Wrigleyville club
Jack White at Chicago Theatre
The guitar hero rips into old hits, cover song and solo tunes in a marathon three-hour concert.
Riverwest Music Festival
With canceled shows, inaccessible acts and extra costs, the inaugural EDM event had issues.
Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival
Logan Square gets down to a horde of local acts.
Chive Fest at Soldier Field
So many bros.
Vampire Weekend at UIC Pavilion
Ezra, Rostam and the two Chrises bring 'Modern Vampires' to our city.
Die Antwoord at Riviera Theatre
Ninja, Yolandi and DJ Hi-Tek premiere bonkers hip-hop from their new 'Donker Mag'.
Haim at Riviera Theatre
We came for Este's bass face and stayed for the Beyoncé cover.