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

Russell Howard

Critics' pick

In England, Russell Howard is a household name, a stand-up who can fill arenas. Here, he's on the level of Neon Indian, but his humor translates.

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Lincoln Hall Wednesday July 1 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

Fucked Up

Critics' pick

The epic, sprawling Canadian punk act plays tunes from its annual Zodiac EP series in the indoor gardens. Try not to break the glass, dudes.

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Garfield Park Conservatory Monday July 6 2015

Weezer

Critics' pick

From in the garage to Grant Park, the greatest dork-rock band in America brings its power-pop to the Taste.

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Grant Park, Petrillo Music Shell Wednesday July 8 2015

Erykah Badu

Critics' pick

The neo-soul pioneer comes to Grant Park for the Taste.

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Grant Park, Petrillo Music Shell Thursday July 9 2015

Morrissey

Critics' pick

Let's try this again. Moz was slated to play the Opera House last summer, too, but canceled. We're itching to see him perform World Peace Is None of Your Business, his best album in years, but maybe put this on your calendar in pencil.

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Civic Opera House Thursday July 9 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

RuidoFest

Critics' pick

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.

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Addams/Medill Park Friday July 10 2015 - Sunday July 12 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

Mamby on the Beach

Critics' pick

React Presents, the folks behind Spring Awakening, deliver another festival—on a beach! Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun, Phantogram, Röyksopp, James Murphy, Cut Copy and more get the party going.

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Oakwood Beach Saturday July 11 2015 - Sunday July 12 2015

Spoon

Critics' pick

The Texan indie veterans return to Chicago for a Taste of Chicago gig, led as ever by inscrutable frontman Britt Daniel. The deliciously stiff power-pop act keep cruising with new material from They Want My Soul.

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Grant Park, Petrillo Music Shell Saturday July 11 2015

Square Roots Festival

Critics' pick

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.

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Lincoln Square Friday July 10 2015 - Sunday July 12 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

Penguin Prison

One of the more tragically named acts of recent history, Penguin Prison (real name Chris Glover) brings an arsenal of disco-pop gems, like a bubblier version of LCD Soundsystem. Glover frequently deejays under the moniker, but here he plays the tunes live.

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Lincoln Hall Monday July 13 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

Raekwon & Ghostface Killah

Critics' pick

The two strongest rappers of the Wu Tang Clan (sorry, RZA, GZA and Meth, we love you, but it's true) team up for Shaolin action and Cuban linx.

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House of Blues 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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Rise Against

The Chicago natives in Rise Against delighted hometown fans at last year's Riot Fest, in addition to marking the band's 15th year. The political punk rockers and heirs to Bad Religion are still touring their latest release, The Black Market.

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FirstMerit Bank Pavilion Friday July 17 2015

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

Toe

Critics' pick

Japanese quartet Toe rarely tour here, obviously, but fit right at home in Chicago, the birthplace of post-rock. The band's intricate, clean and pretty instrumentals bring to mind the work of Tortoise, Jim O'Rourke, Owen, Pele, etc.

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Lincoln Hall Sunday July 12 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

Incubus + Deftones

Two veterans of the Millennial nu-metal scene continue to chug and grind like its 1999.

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First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Thursday July 23 2015

Mac McCaughan

Critics' pick

The Superchunk frontman tours his first eponymous solo album, Non-Believers. The mood is mellower and more keyboard-driven, though "Box Batteries" whips up his ageless power-pop storm.

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Schubas Thursday July 23 2015

Milky Chance

Critics' pick

The exploding German duo returns for a third Chicago show this year. There's a steady locked groove to this electroacoustic dance-pop, making for the most melancholy of dancefloors.

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Aragon Friday July 24 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

Wicker Park Fest

Critics' pick

Headlining this year are tasteful art-rock vets Blonde Redhead, soul man Charles Bradley, hipster metal act Deafheaven and local '90s flashback Veruca Salt.

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Milwaukee Ave and North Ave Saturday July 25 2015 - Sunday July 26 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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