Concerts in Chicago in June 2015

Which of your favorite musicians are coming to town this June? Explore our list of upcoming concerts in Chicago to buy tickets now

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Summer is finally upon us! We need go outside as frequently as possible, considering the entire months of January and February were spent under a comforter. Good thing the summer music festival season is now in full swing, not to mention the outdoor concert season. Spring Awakening brings many of the top DJs in the world to Soldier Field. There are some massive live shows under roofs as well. U2 returns to our sports arenas, scaling down from Soldier Field to United Center. Bette Midler also pops in to belt some tunes in United Center. Explore our picks of the top concerts in Chicago in June.

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Nick Waterhouse

Critics' pick

ou could easily be mistaken into thinking the name of his sophomore effort, Holly, is for Buddy. They do, in fact, still make 'em like they used to.

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Empty Bottle Until Mon Jun 1

Seinabo Sey

Critics' pick

Sey's Swedish soul-pop blends sultry Shirley Bassey bombast with the black-hearted vibe of Lykke Li.

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Lincoln Hall Until Tue Jun 2

Afropunk Chicago

Organized by the folks behind the similarly-named festivals in Brooklyn and Paris, Afropunk Chicago brings the some big names to town for a free show. The lineup includes performances by Detroit rapper Danny Brown, comedian Hannibal Buress and recent GOOD Music signee Holt. You just need to RSVP and queue up at the "secret location" to get in. Here's a hint: The venue rhymes with "ball-e-uh tall."

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Thalia Hall Until Thu Jun 4 Free

Will Butler

Critics' pick

Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist and former Northwestern poetry major Will Butler pops back into Chicago for a dirt cheap gig promoting his first solo album of uptight new-wave Policy.

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Hideout Until Fri Jun 5

Purity Ring

Critics' pick

The glitchy, dubby and atmospheric boy-girl duo takes a big step up in venue size on the heels of sophomore album, Another Eternity.

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Riviera Theatre Until Mon Jun 8

A-Trak + Araabmuzik

Critics' pick

The cool kids' favorite tastemaking turntablist, A-Trak, scratches up his booty-shaking blend of electro and hip-hop. Though still quite young, Abraham Orellana, aka Araabmuzik, has an decade-long production career behind him and has shopped beats to the likes of Gucci Mane, Ludacris and Fabolous.

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The Mid Until Sat Jun 6

My Morning Jacket

Critics' pick

The epic, weird Americana rock act returns to Chicago for a three night stand. Those Grateful Dead reunion tickets are impossible to come by, so why not settle for a kind of modern analogue?

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Chicago Theatre Until Thu Jun 11

Hozier

With vocals to die for and an inborn nack for soul, this scruffy Irish musician got his start singing with Celtic choral group Anúna. He treaded into bluesier waters in 2013 with the release of his EP Take Me to Church, whose title track shot to ubiquity. The contemporary bluesman hits Millennium Park just before Blues Fest to play from his '14 release, From Eden.

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Riviera Theatre Wed Jun 10

Wire presents Drill: Chicago

Critics' pick

Venerable veteran post-punk band Wire puts together an interesting three-day art-rock festival with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, White Lung, St. Vincent, Tim Hecker and more.

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Hideout Until Sat Jun 13

Chicago Blues Fest

Critics' pick

In its 32st year, the Grant Park tradition brings in living legends and local 12-bar regulars. Syl Johnson headlines Friday; Buddy Guy tops the bill on Saturday. The closing evening offers a tribute to Muddy Waters.

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Grant Park Until Sun Jun 14 Free

Hippo Campus

Critics' pick

Yeah, the name is rather regretful, but this brainy Minneapolis quartet has been catching our attention. Vampire Weekend is an obvious comparison to the polished, preppy, Afrobeaty guitar-pop.

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Lincoln Hall Until Fri Jun 12

Rush

Critics' pick

The geeky power trio tours North America to celebrate 40 years together (though the band dates back to 1968, Neil Peart joined in '74).

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United Center Until Fri Jun 12

Imagine Dragons

Like their fellow Las Vegans the Killers, Imagine Dragons make impassioned pop-rock with plenty of synthesizers—but they’re actually more like the American Coldplay.

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Allstate Arena 15 Jun 2015

Sarah McLachlan with the CSO

Sarah McLachlan, folk-pop goddess of the Lilith Tour and savior of abandoned pets, teams with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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Symphony Center Until Tue Jun 16

Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons have gone electric. Fender guitars have replaced banjos, leather jackets have replaced overalls. It's a complete makeover, and the resulting arena rock is fine in a Temper Trap meets Kings of Leon way.

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Montrose Beach 19 Jun 2015

Paul Weller

Critics' pick

Still nattily dressed and crowned by a magnificently unfashionable haircut, the Modfather returns to Chicago for more sweaty soul-pop and rock (and a few Jam classics to please the faithful).

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Vic Theatre Until Wed Jun 17

Bette Midler

Critics' pick

The Divine Miss M's latest album, It's the Girls, finds the seasoned singer taking on classic cuts by some of pop's most famous all-female groups. Though the album skews toward the Brill Building–era, we love her take on TLC's immortal "Waterfalls." A ticket to the show guarantees you a copy of the record.

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United Center Until Thu Jun 18

LakeShake Festival

Critics' pick

Chicago gets another three-day summer music festival, though this new LiveNation endeavor fills a empty niche: country music. Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and Florida Georgia Line headline a Nashville-rich bill.

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FirstMerit Bank Pavilion Until Sun Jun 21

Taste of Randolph

Critics' pick

Best Coast, Dinosaur Jr., the Dandy Warhols, Tennis and more hit the main stages of this ever reliable street fest, while DJs familiar to those who frequent the Mid around the corner spin on the dance stage.

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Randolph St Until Sun Jun 21

Green Music Fest

Critics' pick

Folksy duo Shovels & Rope, West Coast garage rocker Mikael Cronin and alt-country singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless headline this year's music lineup.

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Damen Ave between North Ave and Schiller St Until Sun Jun 21

Damien Rice + Iron & WIne

Critics' pick

In 2014, twelve years since his magnificent debut album ‘O’ and eight since the follow-up ‘9’, Damien Rice finally released his long-awaited third album. ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’ (co-produced by Rick Rubin).

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Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion Until Sun Jun 21

The Rolling Stones

Critics' pick

The world's grayest…er, greatest rock & roll band is back to get its rocks off in Milwaukee as part of Summerfest.

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Summerfest Grounds Until Tue Jun 23

Jaga Jazzist

Critics' pick

Among the earliest of the European bands who've mixed jazz instrumentation and improvisation with post-rock and electronica, Norwegian octet Jaga Jazzist pays a rare visit to Chicago.

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Lincoln Hall Until Wed Jun 24

U2

Critics' pick

All of the drama surrounding Songs of Innocence will be moot onstage, where U2's material soars on volume and attitude. "Every Breaking Wave" will boom like a lost classic and the backlash to the backlash will begin.

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United Center Thursday July 2 2015

Beach Boys + Kool & The Gang

Here's an idea for summer. The Beach Boys… on a beach! Well, Mike Love. It might be worth waiting a week or so to see Brian Wilson with Al Jardine at Ravinia. Kool & The Gang opens, and at least they still have Kool.

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Montrose Beach Until Fri Jun 26

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Critics' pick

It's safe to say that more kids dig Tony Bennett now than at any point in his 50-year career; chalk it up to overpopulation and shrewd collaborations like this one, with pop's reigning auteur, Lady Gaga.

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Ravinia Pavilion Until Sat Jun 27

Logan Square Arts Festival

Critics' pick

Various local venues will host gallery shows, while a stage on the square will host performances by On an On, Bongripper, Helado Negro, Sam Prekop, Serengeti and more local musicians.

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Logan Square Monument Until Sun Jun 28

Weird Al Yankovic

Critics' pick

Weird Al was the original meme, the proto-Cheezburger leading the way to our viral future. His latest record pokes fun at Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Pharrell and Imagine Dragons.

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Chicago Theatre Until Sat Jun 27

Ty Segall

Critics' pick

If you like fuzz (and his side project Fuzz), this might not be the show for you. The psych revivalist is heading out on an acoustic tour, showing off his singer-songwriter chops. Bring your hippie dad.

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Empty Bottle Until Sat Jun 27

Esperanza Spalding

Critics' pick

After the successes of Chamber Music Society and Radio Music Society, the jazz fusionist returns with Emily's D+Evolution Tour, embodying a character in braids and spectacles, pushing her soul-bop into theatrical realms. Hanging out with Janelle Monaé is rubbing off.

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Lincoln Hall Monday June 29 2015

Death Grips

Death Grips is more of an art project or cynical marketing parody, depending on how you look at it. The shock-tactic rap-metal act broke up last year, or so we thought?

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Metro Chicago Tuesday June 30 2015

The Faint

As the Faint always played up the glam-goth elements and raged a little harder on the low end. Your guyliner is welcome here.

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Bottom Lounge Tuesday June 30 2015

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