Concerts in Chicago: Your month-by-month live music calendar

Keep up with the best concerts in Chicago in 2018 at the best shows and festivals hitting town each month

Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

Chicago may not have a fancy nickname to express just how great of a music city it is, but the bounty of concerts and music festivals that take place here speaks for itself. When the weather is warm, there's at least one festival every weekend in Chicago. And no matter what time of year it is, a true music fan will appreciate the dive bars, the dance clubs, the blues clubs, the amphitheaters, the arenas and the jazz clubs that host amazing performers every day. There's so much going on here that it can be hard to keep track of—that's where we come in. Before you go out to a show, take a look at our month-by-month picks of the best upcoming concerts in Chicago.

Concerts in Chicago calendar

January concerts in Chicago
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January concerts in Chicago

February concerts in Chicago
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February concerts in Chicago

March concerts in Chicago
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March concerts in Chicago

April concerts in Chicago
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April concerts in Chicago

May concerts in Chicago
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May concerts in Chicago

June concerts in Chicago
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June concerts in Chicago

July concerts in Chicago
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August concerts in Chicago
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August concerts in Chicago

September concerts in Chicago
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October concerts in Chicago
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October concerts in Chicago

November concerts in Chicago
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November concerts in Chicago

December concerts in Chicago
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December concerts in Chicago

Chicago summer 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

Riot Fest
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Riot Fest

Complete coverage of the second biggest festival in town

Spring Awakening
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Spring Awakening

The massive EDM festival in Soldier Field brings out the neon in everyone

North Coast Music Festival
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North Coast Music Festival

Check out hip-hop bands, jam acts and crazy costumes

More Chicago summer music festivals

Concert photos and live reviews

Gorillaz at Northerly Island
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Gorillaz at Northerly Island

The animated band through a house music dance party by the lake

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

One of Chicago's biggest sells out the home of the White Sox

Kendrick Lamar at the Riviera Theatre
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Kendrick Lamar at the Riviera Theatre

One of hip-hop's biggest stars turns in an intimate show

Madonna at the United Center
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Madonna at the United Center

The Queen of Pop packs in the costumes changes

Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field
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Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field

The veteran rockers hit one out of the park

U2 at the United Center
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U2 at the United Center

The world's premiere arena rock act ups its game

Wilco at Riviera Theatre
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Wilco at Riviera Theatre

Wilco kicked off its six-night stand at the Riv, taking requests and digging into its back catalog

St. Vincent at Chicago Theatre
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St. Vincent at Chicago Theatre

From SNL to album of the year accolades, St. Vincent had a fantastic 2014

Usher at United Center
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Usher at United Center

Dancing R&B don glides across the stage in leather and red light

Freaky Deaky VI Halloween party at Aragon
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Freaky Deaky VI Halloween party at Aragon

Costumed revelers party at the Aragon for Freaky Deaky VI and headliner Flux Pavilion

Foo Fighters at Cubby Bear
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Foo Fighters at Cubby Bear

Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters tear through the past for HBO at the Wrigleyville club

Jack White at Chicago Theatre
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Jack White at Chicago Theatre

The guitar hero rips into old hits, cover song and solo tunes in a marathon three-hour concert.

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Jeffrey W

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