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Concerts in Chicago in June 2016

Tame Impala, Janet Jackson and the Cure headline a packed month of concerts (and festivals) in Chicago

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Tame Impala turned in a set in front of a crowd of thousands at Lolllapalooza on August 1, 2015.

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 all the great stuff happening indoors at Chicago rock venues and arenas. When you're not spending your days on a rooftop bar, you can see Janet Jackson, the Cure, Tame Impala and more great acts. Explore our picks of the top concerts in Chicago in June.

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Concerts in Chicago in June

Do Division Street Fest

Critics' pick

Do Division, the street shindig booked by Empty Bottle and Subterranean, kicks off the summer festival season during the first weekend of June. Spanning 10 city blocks, the annual celebration brings a selection of local vendors and restaurant to Division Street. The main attraction is always the diverse musical lineup—we don't know who will be playing this year (yet), but 2015's bill featured UK psych-rockers Temples, the noisy beats of Tobacco and soulful, dapper rocker Nick Waterhouse.

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Division St between Damen Ave and Wood St , Ukrainian Village Friday June 3 2016 - Sunday June 5 2016

Janet Jackson

Critics' pick

It's a little bit sad to think that for an entire generation, Janet Jackson is better known for baring her breast on live television than for her relentless stream of late '80s hits. The Unbreakable World Tour marks her first outing in four years, in conjunction with her new album, Unbreakable. The 49-year-old pop star probably can't pull off the "Nasty" choreography anymore, but that's what backup dancers are for.

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Allstate Arena , Rosemont Saturday June 4 2016

Tame Impala

Critics' pick

These psychedelic Aussie have somehow become everyone's favorite band—even Rihanna covered a Tame Impala track on her new album, Anti. 2015's Currents merged electronics with thick guitar riffs, dropping mushrooms on the dance floor while channeling vintage R&B grooves. Now, Kevin Parker and company are bringing their heady melodies to an arena, where even more people will be able to loose their minds.

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UIC Pavilion , Chicago Thursday June 9 2016

The Cure + The Twilight Sad

Apply some eyeliner and prepare to sing along to all of Robert Smith's mopiest pop songs (don't call it "goth rock") as the Cure come to the UIC Pavilion for a two-night stand. The band was last seen headlining Riot Fest in 2014, but this pair of shows promises to be a career-spanning event, looking back on the group's 37-year career, complete with a new stage production. For longtime fans (or angst-ridden teens) it should be just like heaven. Scottish post-punk act the Twilight Sad will be supporting at both shows.

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UIC Pavilion , Chicago Friday June 10 2016 - Saturday June 11 2016

Chicago Blues Festival

Critics' pick

The largest free blues festival in the world brings living legends and local 12-bar regulars to Grant Park for three days of music. Those expecting Blues Brothers cover bands should steer clear (though you're likely to hear a few renditions of "Sweet Home Chicago")—past editions have brought artists such as Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland and Syl Johnson to the stage. 2016's lineup is yet to be announced, but we're expecting something special.

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Grant Park , Loop Friday June 10 2016 - Sunday June 12 2016

Florence and the Machine + Of Monsters and Men

Critics' pick

English singer-songwriter Florence Welsh knows how to belt out a refrain—for proof, just listen to any song from her solid 2015 release, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. Backed by the Machine, she's also a sight to behold in concert—during her headlining set at Lollapalooza last summer she pranced across the stage in front of a flowing sequin backdrop, seemingly unperturbed by the lightning flashing in the distance. On this stop in Tinley Park, she'll be joined by Icelandic indie-folk juggernauts Of Monsters and Men.

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Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre , Tinley Park Sunday June 12 2016

LakeShake Festival

Critics' pick

After a successful first year, the LakeShake Festival returns to Northerly Island for three days of country music. This year, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw and Brooks & Dunn headline a Nashville-rich bill. The lakefront hoedown also features Martina McBride, Travis Tritt and Thomas Rhett—dust off your cowboy hat and polish those boots. (Note: There are no single-day tickets available for this festival)

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FirstMerit Bank Pavilion , Downtown Friday June 17 2016 - Sunday June 19 2016

Logan Square Arts Festival

Critics' pick

Last year, the Logan Square Arts Festival (formerly the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival) moved back to the Illinois Centennial Monument square for three days of local art, food, cocktails and music (including Bongripper, Helado Negro, Sam Prekop). Expect a similar mix of gallery shows, tasty dishes and eclectic Chicago band bookings at the 2016 edition of this fest.

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Logan Square Monument , Humboldt Park Friday June 24 2016 - Sunday June 26 2016

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