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The best summer concerts in Chicago

Find the best summer concerts with our guide to music festivals, outdoor gigs and free shows throughout Chicago

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Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

In Chicago, there's no greater blessing than the arrival of warm weather and the commencement of summer concert season. No matter what type of live music you prefer—whether it's festivals, gigs at Chicago music venues or free shows in Millennium Park—the summer months are packed with options. Heck, the only thing more seasonable than a meal at an outdoor restaurant is a picnic on the lawn at Ravinia. Before your calendar gets too full, take a look at our summer concert calendar and start plotting out all of the acts you want to see before October arrives and the parties head indoors again.

The best summer concerts

June concert calendar
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June concert calendar

Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and a slew of street festivals kick off summer concert season

July concert calendar
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July concert calendar

Pitchfork Music Festival, Janelle Monáe, Foo Fighters and more great shows

August concert calendar
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August concert calendar

Lollapalooza, Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Drake and Pearl Jam bring some star power to the city

September concert calendar
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September concert calendar

Riot Fest, Billy Joel and Childish Gambino send off the season in style

Top summer music festivals

Summer music festival calendar
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Summer music festival calendar

Thanks to these fests, there's no reason to have a dull weekend in Chicago

Ravinia Festival schedule
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Ravinia Festival schedule

Pack a picnic and find the best shows at this suburban concert series

Wrigley Field summer concerts
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Wrigley Field summer concerts

It's not exactly a festival, but Wrigley is welcoming a stacked lineup of acts this summer

Spring Awakening Music Festival
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Spring Awakening Music Festival

For one weekend each summer, Chicago's club kids get out of bed before noon

Mamby on the Beach
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Mamby on the Beach

Party on the beach with indie rockers, hip-hop emcees and electronic acts

Taste of Chicago
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Taste of Chicago

After you're done feasting, cap off your meal with a free concert

Pitchfork Music Festival
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Pitchfork Music Festival

You'll find your new favorite band (and plenty of familiar faces) in Union Park

Lollapalooza
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Lollapalooza

Four days of gigantic headlining acts, huge crowds and long walks across Grant Park

North Coast Music Festival
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North Coast Music Festival

Toast the arrival of Labor Day with EDM, R&B and more at this eclectic fest

Riot Fest
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Riot Fest

Say goodbye to summer with punk rockers, new wave bands, metal acts and more

Free summer concerts

Millennium Park summer concert series
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Millennium Park summer concert series

Catch a stellar lineup of free shows at Pritzker Pavilion

House of Vans summer concerts
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House of Vans summer concerts

RSVP for access to free shows featuring Vic Mensa, Iceage, Wolf Parade and more great acts