Summer is finally upon us! We need go outside as frequently as possible, considering the entire months of January and February were spent under a comforter. Good thing the summer music festival season is now in full swing, not to mention all the great stuff happening indoors at Chicago music venues and arenas. When you're not spending your days on a rooftop bar, you can see U2, Tom Petty and more great acts. Explore our picks of the top concerts in Chicago in June.
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Concerts in Chicago in June
Now that the backlash to U2's covert delivery of Songs of Innocence to every iTunes library has become a distant memory, Bono and company are hitting the road once more. After selling out five shows at the United Center in 2015, the band will come to Soldier Field to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its seminal album, The Joshua Tree. U2 will be performing the record in its entirety, including setlist staples like "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," but you may also hear some cuts from the group's forthcoming 14th studio album. Folk rockers the Lumineers will support.
The largest free blues festival in the world brings living legends and local 12-bar regulars to Grant Park for three days of music. Those expecting Blues Brothers cover bands should steer clear (though you're likely to hear a few renditions of "Sweet Home Chicago") but anyone with an appreciation for blistering guitar riffs and soulful singers can get their fix here.
Chicago's largest EDM festival returns each June, armed with some of the biggest DJs and electronic acts in the world. Just like last summer, the fest will take up residence in Addams/Medill Park—an upgrade (in terms of space and aesthetics) from the somewhat cramped confines of the event's former home in Soldier Field. Expect bass drops, pyrotechnics and dancing bros galore.
With its name scrawled in the margins of countless high school notebooks and a catalog of songs that have achieved veritable classic rock status, Metallica has weathered decades of heavy metal history with relative grace. Sure, there have been well-documented breakdowns, band therapy sessions and faulty microphones, but what's metal without a bit of well-placed anger? Metallica's latest album, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct is a calculated throwback to the rapid tempos and thrashing riffs of the band's early days. The latest material might sound a bit forced at times, but the group clearly knows its strengths—played alongside "Master of Puppets" in a rowdy arena, you'll hardly notice the difference.
One of the most successful rock icons of our time, Tom Petty celebrates the 40th anniversary of his long-running backing band, the Heartbreakers, with a concert in Wrigley Field. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has settled into senior rock stardom comfortably, releasing the occasional new record (most recently, 2014's Hypnotic Eye) and hosting his own satellite radio show. Of course, Petty's live show is still the "Free Fallin'" experience you'd expect it to be. Southern rocker Chris Stapleton supports.
If you thought the Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well shows at Soldier Field marked the end of the legendary jam band... you were wrong. Made up of surviving core members of the Dead and fronted by guitarist John Mayer, Dead & Company reheats the familiar catalogue of genre-blending, psychedelic tracks. Our only question: With all the construction in Wrigleyville, where will diehard fans find room to hawk homemade tie-dye shirts and merchandise?