Concerts in Chicago in July

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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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

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

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