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
Another three-day summer music festival in Chicago, you say? We'll take it! This one fills an empty void—Latin American rock en español, pop and electro. Huge acts from south of the border like Café Tacuba, Zoé, Kinky, Molotov and more come to a park in Pilsen. It's a fantastic bill.Read more
The Square Roots festival returns to Lincoln Square for a weekend of brews, food and music presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce. This year, the lineup includes the Mekons, King Sunny Ade, Kermit Ruffins, Tiempo Libre, Lost Bayou Ramblers and more.Read more
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.Read more