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Music & Nightlife

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

Red Bull Music Festival Chicago is back in November

Red Bull Music Festival Chicago is back in November

Lupe Fiasco, Saba, Jamila Woods and more local acts are set to perform

The 15 best Chicago music venues
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The 15 best Chicago music venues

No matter what kind of music you enjoy—rock, hip-hop, jazz, blues, electronic—there's a place in the city to see it.

Angel Olsen + Vagabon

Angel Olsen + Vagabon

The former Chicagoan singer-songwriter returns behind her most dramatic album to-date

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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

Tortoise reflects on the 21st anniversary of ‘TNT’
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Tortoise reflects on the 21st anniversary of ‘TNT’

Doug McCombs and Dan Bitney reminice about the recording of Tortoise's 1998 album

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 November
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Concerts in Chicago in November

FKA Twigs, Red Bull Music Festival, Angel Olsen and others present a musical feast

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

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.