Music & Nightlife

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

The best acts to see at Mamby on the Beach
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The best acts to see at Mamby on the Beach

Before you head to the lakefront fest, familiarize yourself with the best performers on the lineup

Find your favorite acts on Riot Fest's daily lineup
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Find your favorite acts on Riot Fest's daily lineup

If you're snagging a single-day ticket, take a look at the day-by-day breakdown

The best summer concerts in Chicago
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The best summer concerts in Chicago

When the weather heats up, Chicago's concert calendar follows suit 

City of collaboration
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City of collaboration

Three local rappers tell us why Chicago is a place where hip-hop artists come to work together

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 June
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Concerts in Chicago in June

U2, Tom Petty, street festivals and more to look forward to

Concerts in Chicago in July
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Concerts in Chicago in July

Summer is legitimately on and Pitchfork, Tour de Fat and West Fest have arrived

Concerts in Chicago in August
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Concerts in Chicago in August

Catch four days of Lollapalooza, followed by visits from Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and more

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

13 best jazz clubs in Chicago
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13 best jazz clubs in Chicago

As you can see from our list of top jazz clubs in Chicago, jazz is very much alive here

10 best hip-hop clubs in Chicago
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10 best hip-hop clubs in Chicago

Whatever you're looking for—a Top 40 urban playlist, cutting-edge rappers, old school jams, or a combination of it all—here are hip-hop music spots and dance clubs that will leave you satisfied

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

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

Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field
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Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field

Dave Grohl brings his throne to the Friendly Confines