Music & Nightlife

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

Deadmau5 and Steve Aoki top the Spring Awakening 2018 lineup
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Deadmau5 and Steve Aoki top the Spring Awakening 2018 lineup

Summer in Chicago begins with a raging EDM party, and we've got the complete list of DJs who will provide the soundtrack

Wrigley Field summer concerts
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Wrigley Field summer concerts

The Foo Fighters, Fall Out Boy and more giant acts are coming to Wrigleyville

Lollapalooza 2018 rumors and lineup predictions
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Lollapalooza 2018 rumors and lineup predictions

We've got a pretty good idea of which acts will be heading to Grant Park this summer

The composers of the ‘Stranger Things’ soundtrack are coming to Chicago
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The composers of the ‘Stranger Things’ soundtrack are coming to Chicago

Experience the series' ‘80s synth melodies live in March

Chicago’s best summer music festivals
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Chicago’s best summer music festivals

It's not too early to start planning your hot summer weekends

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 February
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Concerts in Chicago in February

Thurston Moore, Mavis Staples, Brockhampton and more great acts to see during the shortest month

Concerts in Chicago in March
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Concerts in Chicago in March

Lorde, Demi Lovato, Yo La Tengo and more great shows to welcome spring

Concerts in Chicago in April
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Concerts in Chicago in April

Weird Al, Jeff Tweedy and more great shows to see now that it's warm again

See the full calendar of upcoming concerts in Chicago

Music festivals

Chicago summer music festivals
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Chicago summer music festivals

Your complete guide to every notable music fest in Chicago

Lollapalooza
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Lollapalooza

Who's playing, pictures, what to eat, mud people, previews, reviews and more

Pitchfork Music Festival
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Pitchfork Music Festival

What to see—and people watching—at the hippest festival of the year

Riot Fest
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Riot Fest

Complete coverage of the second biggest festival in town

See more Chicago music festivals

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.

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

Concert photos and reviews

Gorillaz at Northerly Island
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Gorillaz at Northerly Island

The animated band came to life during a star-studded house dance party

Chance the Rapper's Magnificent Coloring Day
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Chance the Rapper's Magnificent Coloring Day

Chance and his friends sold out Sox Park at this historic homegrown festival

The Weeknd at United Center
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The Weeknd at United Center

The R&B superstar melted faces at this arena gig

Kendrick Lamarthe Riviera Theatre
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Kendrick Lamarthe Riviera Theatre

An intimate performance shows off Lamar's sensitive side

Madonna at United Center
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Madonna at United Center

Madge is still a sight to behold