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

Keep up with the best concerts in Chicago in 2016 at the best shows and festivals hitting town each month

Photograph: Max Herman
Party people get down at a New Year's Eve concert at the Aragon.

While other cities have earned titles like "Live Music Capital of World", it's hard to fathom a city in the world that offers more music festivals than Chicago. We throw a music festival every weekend in the summer—sometimes more than one. Hell, we have a music festival in January. And that's just the music festivals. We have yet to mention the baroque theaters, the dive bars, the dance clubs, the blues clubs, the grassy amphitheatres, the wineries and jazz clubs that host killer concerts every day. Yes, it can be overwhelming, which is where we come in. Here are 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

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February concerts in Chicago
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February concerts in Chicago

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March concerts in Chicago
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March concerts in Chicago

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April concerts in Chicago
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May concerts in Chicago
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June concerts in Chicago
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July concerts in Chicago
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August concerts in Chicago
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September concerts in Chicago
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October concerts in Chicago
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November concerts in Chicago
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November concerts in Chicago

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December concerts in Chicago
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December concerts in Chicago

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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

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Lollapalooza
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Lollapalooza

Who's playing, pictures, what to eat, mud people, previews, reviews and more

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Pitchfork Music Festival
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Pitchfork Music Festival

What to see—and people watching—at the hippest festival of the year

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Riot Fest
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Riot Fest

Complete coverage of the second biggest festival in town

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Spring Awakening
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Spring Awakening

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

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North Coast Music Festival
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North Coast Music Festival

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

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More Chicago summer music festivals

Concert photos and live reviews

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

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Madonna at the United Center
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Madonna at the United Center

The Queen of Pop packs in the costumes changes

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Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field
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Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field

The veteran rockers hit one out of the park

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U2 at the United Center
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U2 at the United Center

The world's premiere arena rock act ups its game

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Riverwest Music Festival
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Riverwest Music Festival

With canceled shows, inaccessible acts and extra costs, the inaugural EDM event had issues.

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Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

Logan Square gets down to a horde of local acts.

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Jeffrey W
Jeffrey W

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