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Your guide to the best nightclubs, live music, comedy and concerts in Chicago

Get in the holiday spirit at Chicago’s top Christmas concerts
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Get in the holiday spirit at Chicago’s top Christmas concerts

If you're looking for a cozy place to spend a cold winter evening, there's a long list of concerts in December that provide a great excuse to get out of the house. And while the month culminates with a lineup of New Year's Eve concerts, before you toast the arrival of 2020 you can celebrate the holidays with a sing-along to Handel’s Messiah or with orchestral renditions carols performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. If you prefer an over-the-top arena show, catch pop stars like Katy Perry, the Jonas Brothers and Camilla Cabello headlining local radio station balls, or catch the Trans-Siberian Orchestra a few days after Santa visits. Hear old-fashioned yuletide melodies and Top 40 hits at some of Chicago's best Christmas concerts. RECOMMENDED: Our guide to Christmas events in Chicago

Where to go record shopping in Chicago
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Where to go record shopping in Chicago

Find something new to throw on the turntable at these top shops

Wilco

Wilco

The Chicago-based rockers make a triumphant return with a four-night stand in the Loop

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The best New Year’s Eve concerts in Chicago
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The best New Year’s Eve concerts in Chicago

It's almost a wrap on 2019, but some of the best concerts in Chicago take place on the final evening of the year. If don't feel like spending the night at New Year's Eve parties but can't imagine staying in, you can always head to Chicago's best music venues to ring in 2020 at a New Year's Eve concert. This year, stoner-metal act Sleep brings sludgy riffs to Thalia Hall, party animal Andrew W.K. headlines the Concord Music Hall and a stacked lineup of DJs gets behind the decks at Smart Bar. Find the best year-end rock, hip-hop and electronic shows with our guide to the Chicago New Year's Eve concert lineup. RECOMMENDED: Our guide to New Year's Eve in Chicago

Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird

Settle in for an evening of violin melodies and whistling during Bird's holiday residency

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Concerts in Chicago

Concerts in Chicago this week
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Concerts in Chicago this week

In the mood for a concert? Check out this week's top gigs at venues all over the city

Concerts in Chicago in December
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Concerts in Chicago in December

Andrew Bird, Wilco, Whitney and more great end-of-the-year gigs

Concerts in Chicago in January
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Concerts in Chicago in January

Makaya McCraven, Ben Gibbard and the Tomorrow Never Knows music festival kick off 2020

Concerts in Chicago in February
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Concerts in Chicago in February

The shortest month brings Post Malone, Tove Lo and Wolf Parade to town

See the full calendar of upcoming concerts in Chicago

Music festivals

Lollapalooza
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Lollapalooza

Check out photos and coverage of Chicago's biggest music fest

Riot Fest
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Riot Fest

Complete coverage of the second biggest music festival in town

Ravinia Festival
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Ravinia Festival

Pack a picnic and see some classic acts in the ‘burbs

Spring Awakening
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Spring Awakening

The massive EDM festival in Soldier Field brings out the neon in everyone

See more Chicago music festivals

Best music and nightlife venues in Chicago

The best rock venues in Chicago
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The best rock venues in Chicago

Whether you're a music geek or just want to air guitar to some solos, these 11 venues should be on your radar

The best nightclubs in Chicago
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The best nightclubs in Chicago

Our favorite spots for a sweaty night of dancing with friends and strangers

The best blues clubs in Chicago
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The best blues clubs in Chicago

If you want to boogie to the blues, these are the places to go

The best jazz clubs in Chicago
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The best jazz clubs in Chicago

Jazz is very much alive in Chicago, and there are plenty of places to see the city's hottest players

The best hip-hop music clubs in Chicago
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The best hip-hop music clubs in Chicago

From drill to old-school, soul-sampling hip-hop, here's where you need to go to see rising rappers

The best karaoke bars in Chicago
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The best karaoke bars in Chicago

Sing your heart out, drink your liver out at these favorite local karaoke spots

The best music ever

The 40 best album covers of the '90s
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The 40 best album covers of the '90s

From the Nirvana baby to Ol' Dirty Bastard, these are our favorite record sleeves from the 1990s

The 50 best ’80s songs
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The 50 best ’80s songs

The era of excess delivered on its promise sonically with glittering, shimmering gems

The 11 best Björk songs ever
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The 11 best Björk songs ever

Her greatest hits, as voted on by Time Out's music staff

The 50 best karaoke songs ever
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The 50 best karaoke songs ever

So hit the karaoke bar, grab the mike, knock back your drink: It's time to take the stage

The 20 best R&B songs ever
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The 20 best R&B songs ever

Take a bump ’n’ grind down memory lane with the top R&B songs from the last quarter-century

The 50 best drinking songs
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The 50 best drinking songs

Any occasion is a good occasion for a drinking song. Feeling too blue to say cheers? We've got songs to drown your sorrows, too.