Concerts in Chicago in July 2015

Summer is in full swing with the Taste and other big outdoor gigs. Which of your favorite artists are coming to town? Explore our list of upcoming shows to find out

Photograph: Chris La Putt
Taylor Swift

Summer is legitimately on. 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, and Pitchfork Music Festival is just the tip of the iceberg. The biggest star in American pop, Taylor Swift shake-shake-shakes her way into Soldier Field. Out in the 'burbs, it's a modern rock block with Nickelback, Fall Out Boy and more in Tinley Park. Explore our picks of the top July gigs.

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Top concerts in Chicago in July 2015

The Grateful Dead

Critics' pick

The Grateful Dead reunite with Trey Anastasio of Phish in Jerry's place. Who better? Bruce Hornsby, who does not have an ice cream flavor (yet), joins in the 50th anniversary celebrations, too.

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Soldier Field Friday July 3 2015 - Sunday July 5 2015

Nickelback

With a voice like a football concussion and guitars like an auto parts jingle, Canada's very own Creed comes to the suburbs.

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First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Friday July 10 2015

Fall Out Boy + Wiz Khalifa

Critics' pick

Fall Out Boy went from emo and pop-punk latecomers to something like the new REO Speedwagon (hey, same state), though they're aiming for Queen. The foursome's new sound is big, brash and built for sports arenas.

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First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Saturday July 11 2015

311

311 playing on 7/11. Aww, man, tasty, bro. Grab you some taquitos and a Slurpee and just vibe out to "My Stoney Baby."

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Aragon Saturday July 11 2015

Melt Banana + Torche

Invest in a welder's mask, because there will be some face melting. Spazzy Japanese noise duo Melt Banana have been grinding for decades. Miami headbangers Torche released its latest riff-heavy album of doom-pop, Restarter, earlier this year. It's pot versus speed, but all heavy metal in the end.

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Empty Bottle Tuesday July 14 2015

Jason Aldean

Platinum (the record certification, not the hair dye) country stud Aldean tours his sixth album, last year's Old Boots, New Dirt. Why, yes, there is a song about his truck. Cole Swindell, Tyler Farr and Dee Jay Silver (who is probably not a DJ) open.

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First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Friday July 17 2015

Pitchfork Music Festival

There are a few things you can expect to see every year at Pitchfork Music Festival—a guy with a beard in short, short shorts; the entire summer collection from Urban Outfitters; and, most importantly, the hottest new bands in indie, rap and the underground.

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Taylor Swift

Critics' pick

You'll have to make a choice: Taylor Swift or Pitchfork Fest? Oddly, that's no joke in today's pop climate.

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Soldier Field Saturday July 18 2015 - Sunday July 19 2015

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

Critics' pick

As other retro-soul acts have tried to modernize (we're looking at you, Alabama Shakes), lifer Charles Bradley keeps mining that raw gold ore from R&B's classic era.

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Subterranean Thursday July 23 2015

Van Halen

Critics' pick

'Merica's favorite and most 'Merican party metal band is back and still hot for teacher. I know what question is on all your minds: Is Eddie's kid Wolfgang still playing bass?! Yes. Yes, he is. Oh, and David Lee Roth is the singer this time.

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First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Friday July 24 2015

Laura Marling

Critics' pick

The elegant folk songstress plays a Chicago shows, channeling Fleetwood Mac with the soaring, emotional vocals and electric strumming of her new album Short Movie.

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Lincoln Hall Wednesday July 29 2015

Shania Twain

Critics' pick

Mark Twain's great-great-granddaughter (we totally just made that up) is making a comeback with her first major tour in 11 years. The country-pop megastar plans on dropping a new album when she hits 50, which is later this year.

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Allstate Arena Wednesday July 29 2015

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