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September 2023 events calendar for Chicago

Summer is almost over, but September in Chicago is packed with things to do, including festivals, exhibits and concerts.

Emma Krupp
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September might be here, but don't despair—summer in Chicago isn't over yet! From Labor Day weekend festivities to summer festivals (including Riot Fest), we've still got plenty of warm weather fun to take advantage of before the leaves start to turn and the temperature drops. Soak up the sun at the best Chicago beaches and rooftop bars, or spend your weekends checking out the end of festival season at events like the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Printers Row Lit Fest or ARC Music Festival. And if you really can't wait for fall to arrive, might we suggest some early leaf peeping? Whatever your mood, you'll find plenty of ways to keep busy with our roundup of the best things to do in Chicago this September. 

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Featured events in September 2023

  • Music
  • Pop
  • United Center

Charli XCX is the kind of artist that could only exist in today's increasingly fragmented world of streaming platforms, fluid genre classifications and poptimism. Listen to the bouyant club beats and catchy refrains of her latest album 'Brat' and it's clear that this larger-than-life performer is a true pop star with the ability to fill arenas.

  • Music
  • Rock and indie
  • Uptown

Pulp’s modern life-skewering, poignant and brilliantly crafted pop songs still hit their mark decades on and sexagenarian frontman Jarvis Cocker still twists the night away like an enthusiastic newbie half his age. Expect to be thoroughly charmed by wittily dry banter and more hooks than a fishing factory on their current tour, 'This is What We Do for an Encore', featuring major singalongs including 'Disco 2000', 'Do You Remember the First Time' and, of course, 'Common People'.

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  • Music
  • Classical and opera
  • United Center

Hans Zimmer’s bombastic, brass-heavy scores for the likes of The Dark Knight trilogy, Interstellar and, most recently, Denis Villeneuve's Dune saga, have not only reshaped the sound of modern cinema, they’ve also influenced pop. Need proof? Just check out how often hip-hop artists lift the blaring horns in Inception’s score. Here’s your chance to experience the German-American genius’s work firsthand, with a full orchestra in one of NYC’s most famous venues.

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