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

Pitchfork Music Festival 2020 has been canceled
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Pitchfork Music Festival 2020 has been canceled

One of Chicago's best summer festivals has been forced to take a year off

Local music venues are still in danger of closing
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Local music venues are still in danger of closing

Joining a national coalition of venues, owners are asking the federal government for relief

Chicago Blues Festival, House Music Festival and Gospel Fest have been canceled
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Chicago Blues Festival, House Music Festival and Gospel Fest have been canceled

Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has called off all May and June programming

How will Chicago's music venues survive the shutdown?
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How will Chicago's music venues survive the shutdown?

Owners of three local venues tell us how they're teaming up with clubs across the country to demand federal assistance

Watch a concert from your couch while you're stuck inside
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Watch a concert from your couch while you're stuck inside

Missing live music? Stream these performances by Chicago artists while you focus on social distancing.

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.