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

By Zach Long

Posted: Monday August 20 2018

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.

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