While live music has gradually returned to some small music venues over the past few months, July 2021 officially marks a transition to relative normalcy as many Chicago music venues welcome back audiences and festivals like Lollapalooza return at full capacity. You'll find lots of notable local acts performing this month, including jazz drummer Makaya McCraven at Thalia Hall and post-punk trio playing a three-night stand at Empty Bottle. While Pitchfork Music Festival has moved to September, Wicker Park Fest is keeping its usual slot, with marquee sets from rapper Ric Wilson and rockers Archers of Loaf. And at the end of the month, acts like Modest Mouse, Brittany Howard and Post Animal headline Lolla aftershows at clubs throughout the city while Foo Fighters, Post Malone and Miley Cyrus top the bill at the Grant Park festival. Here's a look at some of the best bets on the calendar of July concerts in Chicago.
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