In the mood for a concert? Whether you want to mosh, sit or gently sway back and forth while standing at a summer music festival, we have the event for you. Dig through our picks of the top rock & roll, electronic, pop, soul, jazz and blues shows taking place over the next seven days. Soak up some of the city's best live music, explore rock music venues or blues music clubs and discover the best concerts in Chicago this week.
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Concerts in Chicago this week
God only know what we'd do without the music of Brian Wilson, the one-time leader of youthful California rockers the Beach Boys who steered the group into experimental territory well before "Kokomo" became its dominant contribution to pop culture. Returning to Chicago (after an appearance at Pitchfork Music Festival) on a tour that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds, Wilson is far past his prime—his largest contribution to the performance is his mere presence, perched behind a piano. Still, this is probably your final chance to see these songs performed with their writer in attendance. For anyone with a certain amount of nostalgia for these classic melodies, it's an opportunity that's too good to pass up.Read more
If you're reading this, it might already be too late to get tickets to see Drake in Chicago. The Canadian rapper is arguably the biggest rapper in the game, whipping fans into a frenzy with a consistent stream of singles, mixtapes and featured verses—he's the Steven Spielberg to Kanye's George Lucas. The hip-hop heavyweight's latest, Views From the 6, finds him in a characteristically confessional and confrontational mood, contrasting the spoils of fame with the mundanities of everyday life. Drake's What a Time to Be Alive collaborator Future opens the show.Read more
For three nights each week, some of the Chicago's best jazz artists and combos take the stage at the Whistler for a free set (or two). Check out the full schedule on the Logan Square bar's website, show up early to grab a seat (they fill up quick) and grab a cocktail before settling in for a relaxing evening of music.Read more