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

Take a look at amazing photos from Lollapalooza 2019
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Take a look at amazing photos from Lollapalooza 2019

Did our photographers spot you in the crowd at Lollapalooza?

The best concerts to see in Chicago in August
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The best concerts to see in Chicago in August

Once the masses clear out of Grant Park, there's still plenty to look forward to this month.

Everything you need to know about Riot Fest music festival
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Everything you need to know about Riot Fest music festival

What better way to send off summer music festival season than with a weekend of rock, metal and punk?

Andrew Bird on writing topical music in trying times
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Andrew Bird on writing topical music in trying times

Ahead of his Chicago Theatre gig, we spoke with the violinist and whistler

Millennium Park summer concert series lineup
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Millennium Park summer concert series lineup

Looking for a free show to attend this summer? Find a spot on the lawn at these BYOB concerts.

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 August
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Concerts in Chicago in August

Lollapalooza, Jeff Tweedy and more killer summer shows.

Concerts in Chicago in September
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Concerts in Chicago in September

Riot Fest, Chance the Rapper and two jazz festivals send off summer in style.

Concerts in Chicago in October
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Concerts in Chicago in October

Madonna, Bon Iver, Joanna Newsom and more fall shows to look forward to.

See the full calendar of upcoming concerts in Chicago

Music festivals

Ravinia Festival
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Ravinia Festival

Pack a picnic and see some classic acts in the ‘burbs

Riot Fest
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Riot Fest

Complete coverage of the second biggest music festival in town

Chicago summer music festivals
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Chicago summer music festivals

Your complete guide to every notable music fest in Chicago

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.