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

What went down at Midwinter
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What went down at Midwinter

Great performances and high ticket prices characterized Pitchfork's new fest at the Art Institute

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

Lollapalooza 2019 lineup rumors
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Lollapalooza 2019 lineup rumors

The Lolla lineup will likely arrive in March and we expect Cardi B, Ariana Grande and more acts will be on it

Studio Paris has permanently closed
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Studio Paris has permanently closed

The River North nightclub has abruptly shuttered, making way for something new

Our favorite albums of 2018
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Our favorite albums of 2018

After another great year for music, we rounded up some of our top jams

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

Cher, Ólafur Arnalds and Pitchfork's Midwinter fest warm the city before spring arrives

Concerts in Chicago in March
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Concerts in Chicago in March

Robyn, Mumford & Sons, Vince Staples and more shows to get excited about

Concerts in Chicago in April
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Concerts in Chicago in April

Neko Case, Spiritualized and Muse greet the arrival of spring in the city

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

Ravinia Festival
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Ravinia Festival

Pack a picnic and see some classic acts (including 50 Cent) in the ‘burbs

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.