Hey. What are you doing tonight? Marathon-watching The Ghost Whisperer? Keeping an eye on that cornered possum in the living room? No, you’re not. Because you live in Chicago, a city with enough live concerts and things to do in Chicago to make seven days seem like too short of a week.
So put Netflix on pause and let your cat deal with the possum tonight. Here’s our definitive guide to upcoming shows and the venues where you’ll find them:
Discover new music, devour a half-pound burger, or do both at once. All things are possible at Roscoe Village’s local rock club.
When Bottom Lounge fled Lakeview for the Near West Side, it took its all-ages shows with it—then added a killer beer list and plenty of pinball.
When you’re hunched beneath the Blue Line tracks where Milwaukee Avenue meets North and Damen, 2014 can still look an awful lot like 1994.
“Music Friendly Dancing,” reads the black awning on Western Avenue. For 20 years and counting, the Empty Bottle has been living up to that promise with dance parties and cheap drafts.
A refuge for old-timers and cool kids in the shadow of the Kennedy Expressway, the Hideout lives up to its name.
The Schuba brothers’ second venue hits all the right notes: the intimacy of their first stage, the sound of a small arena, and a dash of Chicago history.
While critics pen obituaries for other longtime clubs, the Metro stays young with a mix of historic moments and forward-looking concerts.
On the easternmost edge of Chinatown, Reggies attracts music fans of every stripe with punk, heavy metal, and hip-hop concerts.
The 90-year-old venue may not look as pretty as it used to, but looks don’t matter when the music’s this good.