Concerts in Chicago in June

Which of your favorite artists are coming to town this June? Explore our list of upcoming concerts in Chicago to find out.

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Summer is finally, legitimately here. We need to spend as much time outside 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. Also, Disclosure plays the zoo! That being said, there are some killer live shows with ceilings and walls, as well. Tegan and Sara convince us everything is awesome. Bruno Mars brings Aloe Blacc along to United Center. And Morrissey brings his emotional wallop to the best venue possible: the opera house. Explore our picks of the top June gigs.


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Do Division Street Fest 2014

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Kicking off the summer festival season with shopping, street-side eye candy and, of course, the music.

  1. Division St between Damen Ave and Leavitt St Division St, between Damen Ave and Leavitt St
  2. Sun Jun 1
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J Mascis

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The grandaddy of grunge takes to the stage solo again to remind us of just how many strings he has in his slacker-rock bow.

  1. Subterranean 2011 W North Ave, at Damen and Milwaukee Aves
  2. Sat Oct 11
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Die Antwoord

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A third album, Donker Mag (that shouldn't need pancultural parsing), should deliver more songs like "Cookie Thumper" and "XP€N$IV $H1T."

  1. Riviera Theatre 4746 N Racine Ave, at Broadway
  2. Until Tue Jun 3
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Band of Skulls + Deap Vally

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Zeppelin never dies. Two '70s-rock revivalists team to bring tight jeans and titanic riffs back to the mainstream.

  1. Park West 322 W Armitage Ave, at Clark St
  2. Until Thu Jun 5
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Vampire Weekend

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Their third album, Modern Vampires of the City, is chock-full of subtle, original songwriting. In fact, we'll now confidently call it the best pop-rock album of 2013.

  1. UIC Pavilion 525 S Racine Ave
  2. Until Thu Jun 5
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Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle

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A true American original from deep in the heart of Virginia, Steve Earle has made his mark as a righteous roots troubadour, author, actor and political activist. Here he teams up with for a night of song swappin' and yarn spinnin' Austin singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin.

  1. Thalia Hall 1807 S Allport St, at 18th St
  2. Until Fri Jun 6
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Styx + Foreinger

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Dubbed as "The Soundtrack of Summer," Styx and Foreigner are joined by Don Felder, former guitarist for the Eagles.

  1. FirstMerit Bank Pavilion 1300 S Linn White Dr, at Solidarity Dr
  2. Until Fri Jun 6
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Poliça

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Channy Leaneagh's vocals once again drift hazily over Portishead-like trip-hop beats.

  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Until Sat Jun 7
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Jamie Cullum

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At 33, English jazz-pop phenomenon Jamie Cullum's star is higher than ever.

  1. Park West 322 W Armitage Ave, at Clark St
  2. Until Sat Jun 7
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Yann Tiersen

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Enormously talented Breton composer and multi-instrumentalist Tiersen is best known for his crisp piano balladry and woozy accordion waltzes, especially those written for the multi-million-selling Amelie soundtrack. Live, though, Tiersen often favours rockier presentations. Tonight he's in town to perform his upcoming album Infinity.

  1. Bottom Lounge 1375 W Lake St, between Ada St and Ogden Ave
  2. Until Sat Jun 7
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Downtown Sound: Omar Souleyman

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Though a firm favourite of more leftfield festivals and audiences, Omar Souleyman (not to be confused with Detroit legend Omar S) is really as accessible as hummus. The Syrian singer never fails to galvanise a crowd, channelling Middle Eastern music through a techno-informed prism.

  1. Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion 205 E Randolph St, Michigan Ave and Columbus Dr
  2. Until Mon Jun 9
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Eagulls

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Scuzzy pop-punkers Eagulls hail from Leeds, England, circa now, but could have easily slipped into the Touch & Go Records roster sometimes in the mid-'90s.

  1. Beat Kitchen 2100 W Belmont Ave, at Hoyne Ave
  2. Until Tue Jun 10
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Young & Sick

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Young & Sick is a twentysomething artist named Nick who drew the album covers for Foster the People and the most recent Maroon 5. Not exactly a resume that would convince you the guy can craft on-trend slick disco and R&B. But his impressive self-titled debut is ready for adult bedtime, and it should tickle fans of Rhye, Active Child and Hot Chip.

  1. Schubas 3159 N Southport Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Until Tue Jun 10
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Backstreet Boys + Avril Lavigne

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Backstreet's back, finishing up its global 20th anniversary (wow, we're old) tour, In a World Like This. Mrs. Nickelback opens.

  1. FirstMerit Bank Pavilion 1300 S Linn White Dr, at Solidarity Dr
  2. Until Wed Jun 11
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Elvis Costello

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Costello has proven himself to be the most adaptable songwriter of the last four decades. He's recorded soul, classical, punk, folk, ska, country and pop, with Bacharach, the Roots, Allen Toussaint and so many more. Here, however, he is "SOLO," on tour by his lonesome, pulling from that enormous catalog.

  1. Copernicus Center 5216 W Lawrence Ave
  2. Until Wed Jun 11
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Disclosure + Joey Bada$$

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Whoa, what a concert among the elephants.

  1. Lincoln Park Zoo 2001 N Clark St, between Lake Shore Dr and Fullerton Pkwy
  2. Until Wed Jun 11
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Fuck Buttons

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Mixing up terrifically, thrillingly abrasive electronic distortion with sublime melodies and psychotropic post-house

  1. Bottom Lounge 1375 W Lake St, between Ada St and Ogden Ave
  2. Until Wed Jun 11
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Beyond the Gate: Silver Apples + Magik Markers

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Electro-psychedelic pioneers Silver Apples, Wrekmeister Harmonies, noise-rock act Magik Markers and the Numero Group's Rob Sevier play in the cemetary. "The show will take place near the Mausoleum," notes the most tough-ass press release ever.

  1. Bohemian National Cemetery 5255 N Pulaski Rd
  2. Until Fri Jun 13
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Chicago Blues Fest

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In its 31st year, the Grant Park tradition takes on a New Orleans flavor. Aaron Neville and Dr. John headline on the final day, Sunday.

  1. Grant Park 337 E Randolph St, at Columbus Dr
  2. Until Sun Jun 15
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GOAT

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Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, Goat creates ace voodoo psychedelia. As well as chanting over bongos and widdly, Middle Eastern–influenced riffs smothered in reverb, they dress in colourful masks and provide one hell of an energetic, intense live experience.

  1. Thalia Hall 1807 S Allport St, at 18th St
  2. Until Fri Jun 13
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Huey Lewis and the News

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I wanna old drug!

  1. The Venue at Horseshoe Casino 777 Casino Center Dr
  2. Until Fri Jun 13
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Motoblot 2014

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This hybrid hot rod show and concert brings burning rock & soul combo Detroit Cobras and rockabilly tough Wayne Hancock (pictured), not to mention a fleet of vintage motorcycles, custom rat rods and choppers. On Friday night, Martyrs' hosts a "Hillbilly Casino."

  1. Cobra Lounge 235 N Ashland Ave, at W Fulton St
  2. Sun Jun 15
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The Notwist

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Markus Acher and his Bavarian colleagues return with their fine-tuned, modernist but enormously affecting poppy electronica.

  1. House of Blues 329 N Dearborn St, between Kinzie St and Lower Wacker Dr
  2. Until Fri Jun 13
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Spring Awakening Music Festival

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Bazillionaire trance demigod Tiësto (Fri), blunted breaks meastro Pretty Lights (Sat) and local boy gone global Kaskade (Sun) headline.

  1. Soldier Field 1410 S Museum Campus Dr, at McFetridge Dr
  2. Until Sun Jun 15
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Taste of Randolph

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The bookings at this sleeper festival are always solid. This year rock acts like Kaiser Chiefs, Minus the Bear, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Delta Spirit, Cayucas and more lock down the main stages, while DJs familiar to those who hit the Mid around the corner spin on the dance stage.

  1. Randolph St 900 W Randolph St, between Peoria St and Racine Ave
  2. Until Sun Jun 15
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Jungle

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This London duo came from nowhere to become one of 2013's hype sensations, thanks to the viral video of a six-year-old breakdancing for their single '"Platoon." Well, that's a bit unfair—their steamy, grooving, creeping neo-soul tracks are something pretty special too. Now the volume on the buzz is raised even higher with new single "Busy Earnin'," which melds TV on the Radio with Soul II Soul, throwing in a scoop of Gregory Hines body movin' for good measure. Don't miss one of the best new acts of the year.

  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Wed Oct 8
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MS MR

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NYC-based girl-guy duo MM come off like a depressed Florence Welch making out with Poliça and the xx on a bed of crushed velvet.

  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Sat Jun 14
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Lionel Richie + CeeLo Green

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Hello, is it him you're looking for? 

  1. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 19100 S Ridgeland Ave
  2. Until Sun Jun 15
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Morrissey

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A decade after his first major comeback, the old romantic misanthrope is clawing to another career peak.

  1. Civic Opera House 20 N Wacker Dr, at Madison St
  2. Until Mon Jun 16
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Tegan and Sara

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Everything is awesome!!! Funny how that Lego Movie song will endure as Tegan and Sara's biggest hit (or maybe it'll be their new jingle for Oreos).

  1. Vic Theatre 3145 N Sheffield Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Wed Jun 18
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Queen with Adam Lambert

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Yep, that Queen, the classic rock act with the incomparable lead singer who passed away in 1991.

  1. United Center 1901 W Madison St, between Wood St and Damen Ave
  2. Until Thu Jun 19
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Bruno Mars + Aloe Blacc

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Here they are, ladies and gentlemen, your 2014 Super Bowl and NBA All-Star Game entertainment.

  1. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 19100 S Ridgeland Ave
  2. Until Fri Jun 20
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Peter Murphy

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Goth-rock kingpin Peter Murphy has been touring Bauhaus material lately, which should not overshadow the fact that the 56-year-old is still recording badass new material. The longtime resident of Turkey is about to release his tenth LP, Lion. Eyeliner-pencil sharpeners to the ready!

  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Until Fri Jun 20
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Widespread Panic + Tedeschi Trucks Band

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The shadow of the Allman Brothers looms still. Southern boogie rock and jam meet in the Dixie blues choogle of Widespread Panic and Tedeschi Trucks. Slip on some comfortable Crocs, because these solos might take all night.

  1. FirstMerit Bank Pavilion 1300 S Linn White Dr, at Solidarity Dr
  2. Until Fri Jun 20
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Boston + Doobie Brothers

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T-t-t-takin' it to the beach! Pull your yacht out of the harbor, because the Doobs are hitting the sandy shores of Lake Michigan.

  1. Montrose Beach Lake Shore Dr, between Wilson and Lawrence Aves
  2. Until Sat Jun 21
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Foxy Shazam

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Bonkers glam rocker Foxy Shazam surprise-dropped its fifth album Gonzo online and it comes covered in cartoon scrotums.

  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Until Sat Jun 21
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Green Music Fest

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  1. Damen Ave between North Ave and Schiller St Damen Ave, between North Ave and Schiller St
  2. Sun Jun 22
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Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes

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With a name like that, Clairy Browne and her Bangin' Rackettes had to come from Australia—and here the saucy Melbourne soul band hits Chicago with its sassy blues rock riddled with backing singers.

  1. Bottom Lounge 1375 W Lake St, between Ada St and Ogden Ave
  2. Until Sun Jun 22
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Downtown Sound: Bob Mould

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Formerly a leading member of Hüsker Du and Sugar, Mould is an alt.rock icon with many guises these days: house music DJ, spoken-word sage, Daft Punk-influencing guitar hero… Tonight he plays solo material with his band, and should lob in a few classics from his old groups too. He has a new Sugary record out on Merge, Beauty & Ruin.

  1. Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion 205 E Randolph St, Michigan Ave and Columbus Dr
  2. Until Mon Jun 23
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Loops & Variations

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The city's coolest free concert series, Loops & Variations blends modern classical with art-pop. If you can make just one of the installments this summer, make it this one, when Warp Records' Oneohtrix Point Never teams with string aces Spektral Quartet.

  1. Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion 205 E Randolph St, Michigan Ave and Columbus Dr
  2. Thu Jun 26
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Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band

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The greatest living Beatles drummer brings his happy-go-lucky tunes on the road after riling tweeters during the Grammys.

  1. Chicago Theatre 175 N State St, between Randolph and Lake Sts
  2. Until Sat Jun 28
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The Antlers

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Tonight the band that made its name with sad bedroom rock shows off a more upbeat, polished new record, Familiars.

  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Until Sun Jun 29
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Ziggy Marley

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Bob Marley's eldest son is still jammin' after all these years, hewing the closest to dad's sound. His latest record is Fly Rasta.

  1. Vic Theatre 3145 N Sheffield Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Until Sun Jun 29
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Downtown Sound: My Brightest Diamond

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My Brightest Diamond's work vacillates between dark and uplifting on the strength of Shara Worden's expressive vocal acrobatics. A follow-up to 2011's All Things Will Unwind is due this year. This is not her first time at the city's Downtown Sound summer music series. Ubiquitous local sibling garage act White Mystery open.

  1. Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion 205 E Randolph St, Michigan Ave and Columbus Dr
  2. Until Mon Jun 30
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