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Concerts in Chicago in October 2021

Autumn is here, along with concerts from Lala Lala, J. Cole, Sylvan Esso and Machinedrum.

Zach Long
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Zach Long
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Traditionally, October has been one of the best months for concerts in Chicago, as summer music festival season ends and acts book shows at the city's best music venues. With touring schedules finally rebounding, this October is no different—you'll find arena shows from high-profile acts like rapper J. Cole and alt-rock outfit Twenty One Pilots alongside sets from experimental pop act 100 gecs and singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus. Plus, it's an amazing month for Chicago musicians, with metal act Oozing Wound taking over the Empty Bottle for two shows, indie rockers Lala Lala celebrating the release of a new album and rapper Kweku Collins turning in a residency at Golden Dagger. Find even more amazing shows with our guide to concerts in Chicago in October.

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