Concerts in Chicago

Nick Carter & Jordan Knight at House of Blues Chicago on Saturday, September 27, at 8 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Nick Carter & Jordan Knight

House of Blues Chicago

$57.60 $28

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Members of New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys debut a new collaborative album on a tour full of harmonies and choreography

Natalie Merchant at The Chicago Theatre on September 11 at 8 p.m. (Up to 52% Off)

Natalie Merchant

Chicago Theatre

$62.05 $30

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Influential folk-rock singer and former vocalist of 10,000 Maniacs returns to promote her first album of original material in 13 years

Future at UIC Forum on September 11 at 7 p.m. (Up to 37% Off)

Future

UIC Forum

$56.34 $39

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Atlanta rap star behind "I Won" and "Move That Dope" delivers spacey club bangers; Katie Got Bandz, Dreezy, Sicko Mob, and Lil Kemo open

Future at UIC Forum on September 11 at 7 p.m. (Up to 42% Off)

Future

UIC Forum

$56.34 $39

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Atlanta rap star behind "I Won" and "Move That Dope" delivers spacey club bangers; Katie Got Bandz, Dreezy, Sicko Mob, and Lil Kemo open

Demi Lovato with Christina Perri and MKTO at United Center on October 14 at 7 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Demi Lovato

United Center

$60.84 $30

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Actress and singer blends pop, R&B, and emotive lyrics on hits including "Skyscraper" and "Give Your Heart a Break"

After Coast Party featuring Animale at The Portage Theater on Friday, August 29, at 10 p.m. (Up to 44% Off)

After Coast Party feat. Animale

The Portage Theater

$14.30 $8

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Animale, Robots on the Run, and LVMB & TVNA keep the party going after music festival with a live band, remixes, and house originals

Chicago Hot Dog Fest Presented By The Chicago History Museum on August 9–10

Chicago Hot Dog Fest Presented By The Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum

$20 $20

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Two-day fest celebrates the great American hot dog with specialty dogs, Goose Island brews, and music

An Evening With Chaka Khan at The Chicago Theatre on Saturday, August 9, at 8 p.m. (Up to 25% Off)

An Evening With Chaka Khan

Chicago Theatre

$73.31 $55

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10-time Grammy winner behind "Tell Me Something Good" raises funds for a nonprofit with Syleena Johnson and comic Damon Williams

The Cult at Concord Music Hall on Saturday, August 9, at 5:30 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

The Cult

Concord Music Hall

$42.79 $21.40

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Ian Astbury commands the stage as his veteran hard-rock outfit rips into new gems and classics such as "She Sells Sanctuary"

Vintage Pop-Up Carnival with Drinks, Vintage Carnival Games, and Food Trucks at Ignite Glass Studios on Friday, July 25, at 7 p.m. (Up to 49% Off)

Remember Summer- A Vintage Pop-Up Carnival

Ignite Glass Studios

$69.18 $35

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Vintage carnival games, Etsy gifts, and a brass band carry visitors back to a simpler time while raising funds for a nonprofit

Juke Fest, Mom's Kitchen (A Tribute to Widespread Panic), or The Baseball Project (Up to 52% Off)

The Baseball Project or Mom's Kitchen (A Tribute to Widespread Panic) or Juke Fest

The Abbey Pub

$12.55 $6

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See underground DJs and incredible footwork moves, a tribute to Widespread Panic, or a baseball-themed band with Peter Buck and Mike Mills

Stevie B, Lil Suzy, Safire and More with Meet & Greet at Concord Music Hall on Saturday, July 26 (Up to 51% Off)

History of Freestyle Music 2014 II

Concord Music Hall

$200 $99

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Celebration of freestyle music features New York stars including Stevie B, Lil Suzy, and Safire

The Voice Tour at The Chicago Theatre on July 16 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 36% Off)

The Voice Tour

The Chicago Theatre

$59.44 $38

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Up-and-coming performers seen on NBC's singing competition The Voice cover pop, country, rock, and soul favorites

Irish American Heritage Festival for Two at the Irish American Heritage Center on July 11–13 (Up to 33% Off)

Irish American Heritage Festival

Mayfair

$30 $20

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The Tossers, Gaelic Storm, and The Killdares headline three days of dance performances, Irish food, and contests

Three-Day Riverwest Music Festival at the Chicago River on July 4–6 at 11 a.m. (Up to $180.33 Value)

Riverwest Music Festival

Estate

$180.33 $149

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Electronic artists include Excision, Loco Dice, Visionquest, Morgan Page, Dixon, Jamie Jones, Hot Since 82, Art Department, and Guy Gerber

Babasonicos at Concord Music Hall on July 10 at 8 p.m. (Up to 44% Off)

Babasonicos

Concord Music Hall

$26.74 $15

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Innovative Argentine rockers make a rare stateside visit, delighting fans with lush, poppy melodies and decadent lyricism

Blake Shelton at Wrigley Field on Saturday, July 19 (Up to 26% Off)

Blake Shelton

Skybox on Sheffield

$133.24 $99

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Multi-award-winning country star and coach on NBC's "The Voice" wows the crowd with hits "Mine Would Be You" and "Boys 'Round Here"

Billy Joel or Blake Shelton at Wrigley Rooftop on July 18–19 (Up to 48% Off)

Billy Joel or Blake Shelton

3700 Wrigley Rooftop

$189.28 $99

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Indulge in food, drinks, and lush modern amenities while enjoying a concert from the legendary piano man or a country superstar

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Hershey Theatre

The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.

1300 S Lynn White Dr
Chicago,
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Chicago Sinfonietta was already markedly different from its counterparts when it played its first notes in 1987. Its founder and conductor Paul Freeman wanted to create a symphony that actually reflected the community in which it existed. The ensemble he formed brought together musicians from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, who interpreted both classical pieces and forgotten compositions from composers of color. His concept proved successful—the symphony toured Europe, played the Kennedy Center twice, and produced 14 albums, all while tunefully demonstrating the universality of music.

Today, Chicago Sinfonietta continues to perform unique programs, and supports music education and professional development opportunities for members of underrepresented communities. Freeman retired from his post at the end of the 2011 season, passing the reins new music director Mei-Ann Chen, but his legacy lives on in the music of performers he helped get started, including classical-music legend Yo-Yo Ma.

70 E Lake St
Chicago,
IL
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Founded in 1997 by inventive Chicago artist Sean Graney, The Hypocrites curates unorthodox theatrical endeavors with inimitable panache and an underlying emotional vulnerability. Praised by the Chicago Sun-Times for its propensity to “never do things the expected way,” The Hypocrites have applied its unconventional approach to classic texts such as The Threepenny Opera, Frankenstein, and Kafka's The Trial. Throughout the years, these productions have earned the company a trophy case of Joseph Jefferson citations, as well as an After Dark Award and a letter of recommendation from Shakespeare’s great-great-great-great grandfather.

4527 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago,
IL
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Occupying a building that sprang up at the turn of the 20th century, the Irish American Heritage Center (IAHC) somehow manages to cram Ireland into one of Chicago’s city blocks. Work from Irish artists hangs in the building’s art gallery, books from Irish authors fill its library, Irish plays light up its 658-seat theater, and Irish food and drinks delight the crowd on the main floor at the Fifth Province Pub. The IAHC also has a knowledgeable staff of instructors, who teach classes on everything from Irish dance and music to Irish language and genealogy.

4626 N Knox Ave
Chicago,
IL
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For nearly 40 years, the Civic Opera Barber Shop has offered straightforward men's grooming services inside the Civic Opera building, with all its gold-leafed art-deco finery. A red, white, and blue barber pole outside the salon beckons potential customers while representing the three colors of human hair. Within, plush burgundy thrones elevate heads to the ideal styling height, giving the veteran barber full sway over every strand as he shaves stubble with straight razors and hot lather, cuts hair into no-nonsense styles, and trims back beards to distinguish man from wolfman.

20 N Wacker Dr
Chicago,
IL
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A 15-year veteran of the Chicago theater community, Lauren Wolf returned to the Second City after recording her debut album All My Secrets in LA in 2011. Backed by a talented band—including Josh Groban’s guitarist Ricky Z—the singer and single mother has graced the stage at The House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafe, and Mayne Stage, drawing comparisons to Janis Joplin for her powerful pipes. Lauren soulfully croons lyrics inspired by her personal struggles and unfinished macramé projects set to upbeat rhythms influenced by the music of the '60s, '70s, and '80s.

3535 North Clark Street
Chicago,
IL
US

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