The Ultimate Chicago Summer Concerts Calendar

Here are 75 events from now through August, in a handy calendar you can sync with your Google Calendar or iCal.

There are a dangerous amount of concerts in Chicago this summer. With this volume of shows, you could go into debt just buying tickets. Or you could get so many tickets to so many events that you lose track of where you’re supposed to be. Chicago is here to help.

This giant calendar stretches from this week through the end of August, listing the 75 biggest events coming to local stages this season. Using the links below, you can embed this calendar into iCal or a Google Calendar. (You’ll either download the iCal .ics file, or open up the html Google Calendar and click on the “+ Google Calendar” button, in the lower right corner, to add it to your own calendar.) 

Or, of course, you can just print out this list and stick it to your fridge. Whatever works. The calendar is yours to use, as you see fit, to make sure you don’t miss a beat this summer.

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June
June
22
Saturday
8 p.m.

John C. Reilly and Friends

The goofy but endearing Chicago actor can sing (remember his Johnny Cash parody, Walk Hard?). Here he’ll perform a few songs he assembled with Jack White.

Old Town School of Folk Music, $28, oltownschool.org

June
28
Friday
9 p.m.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

(Not quite) free love: A communal 10-piece folk band headlines a street fest more associated with hookups than guitar hooks.

Old St. Pat’s Block Party, $40, worldslargestblockparty.com

June
28
Friday
6 p.m.

War Requiem

Benjamin Britten’s searing 1962 antiwar poem has not been staged by the Grant Park fest since 2004.

Pritzker Pavilion, Free, grantparkmusicfestival.com

June
28
Friday
8 p.m.

The Zombies

The spooky-groovy pair behind “Time of the Season” remain beguiling.

Mayne Stage, $45, maynestage.com

June
29
Saturday
7:30 p.m.

War Requiem

Benjamin Britten’s searing 1962 antiwar poem has not been staged by the Grant Park fest since 2004.

Pritzker Pavilion, Free, grantparkmusicfestival.com

June
29
Saturday
8 p.m.

Amadou & Mariam

A rare intimate show with a pair of African music stars: a blind husband-and-wife duo who marry the spidery guitar rhythms emblematic of Mali with Western funk.

Park West, $35, etix.com

June
29
Saturday
8 p.m.

Jimmy Buffett

A concert punctuated with dopey jokes or a boozy costume party? Who cares?

Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island, $36 to $136, ticketmaster.com

June
29
Saturday
8 p.m.

Pablo Menéndez & Mezcla Jazz All-Stars

Synonymous with Afro-Caribbean awesomeness, Menéndez has a knack for pairing Cuban percussion and young jazz talent.

Old Town School of Folk Music, $20, oldtownschool.org

June
29
Saturday
7:30 p.m.

She & Him

Bless the singer-actress Zooey Deschanel and her musical partner M. Ward. Their idea of modern is Blondie’s 1978 song “Sunday Girl.”

The Aragon, $40, etix.com and jamusa.com

June
29
Saturday
12:30 p.m.

Q87.7 Piqniq Fest

Karen O wannabes, get thee to Tinley Park. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs will play here only once this summer, and it’s here.

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, $20 to $81, ticketmaster.com

June
29
Saturday
9 p.m.

Spektral Quartet

These local workaholics are known for their sonic smorgasboard — Tonight they join forces with sound art group Pretty Monsters.

The Hideout, $12, hideoutchicago.com

July
July
1
Monday
6:30 p.m.

Lee Fields and the Expressions

The raspy urgency of James Brown meets the plaintive vulnerability of Percy Sledge in one late-blooming retro soul vet.

Pritzker Pavilion, Free, millenniumpark.org

July
2
Tuesday
8 p.m.

Lee Fields and the Expressions

The raspy urgency of James Brown meets the plaintive vulnerability of Percy Sledge in one late-blooming retro soul vet.

SPACE, $17 to $32, evanstonspace.com

July
4
Thursday
7 p.m.

Christopher McBride Trio

The intrepid alto saxophonist is on the rise. See him now.

The Drake Hotel , Free, jazzinchicago.org

July
4
Thursday
6:30 p.m.

International Contemporary Ensemble, More

What better nightcap for a holiday than this mash-up of electronica and new classical? ICE and Chicago’s Third Coast Percussion team up with Nosaj Thing, a SoCal electronic producer.

Pritzker Pavilion, Free, millenniumpark.org

July
5
Friday
6:30 p.m.

Dvořák’s New World Symphony

Chicago waves a musical Old Glory with the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s megahit Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.”

Pritzker Pavilion, Free, grant parkmusicfestival.com

July
5
Friday

Wavefront Music Festival

This all-electronic beach party kicks off with a set by Diplo, the producer extraordinaire, M.I.A. collaborator, and Major Lazer founder.

Montrose Harbor, $189 to $299 for three-day pass, wavefrontmusicfestival.com

July
6
Saturday

Wavefront Music Festival

This all-electronic beach party kicks off with a set by Diplo, the producer extraordinaire, M.I.A. collaborator, and Major Lazer founder.

Montrose Harbor, $189 to $299 for three-day pass, wavefrontmusicfestival.com

July
6
Saturday
7:30 p.m.

Dvořák’s New World Symphony

Chicago waves a musical Old Glory with the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s megahit Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.”

Pritzker Pavilion, Free, grant parkmusicfestival.com

July
7
Sunday

Wavefront Music Festival

This all-electronic beach party kicks off with a set by Diplo, the producer extraordinaire, M.I.A. collaborator, and Major Lazer founder.

Montrose Harbor, $189 to $299 for three-day pass, wavefrontmusicfestival.com

July
9
Tuesday
5:45 p.m.

Euclid Quartet

The Ohio-based Euclid Quartet works the angle between poetry and chamber music during an after-work concert.

St. James Cathedral, Free, rushhour.org

July
10
Wednesday
9 p.m.

Goodnight, Texas

A patchwork-of-roots project from two young songwriters (Avi Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf) who pen the most original lyrics you’ll hear all summer.

Schubas, $10, schubas.com

July
10
Wednesday
5:30 p.m.

Fun.

Those who brave the Taste of Chicago will be rewarded with a set from this anthemic pop trio.

Grant Park, $25; lawn is free, tasteofchicago.us

July
11
Thursday
7 p.m.

Christopher McBride Trio

The intrepid alto saxophonist is on the rise. See him now.

The Drake Hotel , Free, jazzinchicago.org

July
11
Thursday
8 p.m.

Emanuel Ax

The name Emanuel Ax might evoke a guitar messiah, but he’s actually one of the world’s foremost concert pianists.

Ravinia, $10 to $80, ravinia.org

July
11
Thursday
9 p.m.

Kurt Vile

The critically acclaimed indie rocker returns.

Metro, $23, metrochicago.com

July
11
Thursday
8 p.m.

Leo Kottke

The intricacy of this guitar virtuoso’s finger work will floor you; the sincerity of his songwriting will lift you back up.

City Winery , $38, citywinery.com

July
12
Friday
8 p.m.

Leo Kottke

The intricacy of this guitar virtuoso’s finger work will floor you; the sincerity of his songwriting will lift you back up.

City Winery, $38, citywinery.com

July
12
Friday
8 p.m.

Emanuel Ax

The name Emanuel Ax might evoke a guitar messiah, but he’s actually one of the world’s foremost concert pianists.

Ravinia, $10 to $80, ravinia.org

July
12
Friday
5:30 p.m.

Americanarama Festival of Music

Wilco + Dylan = a show you’ll talk about ‘til 2014.

Toyota Park, $62, ticketmaster.com

July
12
Friday
6:40 p.m.

The Congregation

Proof that a Motown redux can start in Chicago.

Grant Park, Free, tasteofchicago.us

July
12
Friday
9 p.m.

Matt Ulery’s Loom

This wide-ranging jazz bassist stood out on the excellent 2012 album By a Little Light. With Geof Bradfield on reeds and Marquis Hill on trumpet.

Green Mill , $12, greenmilljazz.com

July
12
Friday

Square Roots

The Old Town School fest opens with a feel-good headliner: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, who formed in a refugee camp in the ’90s to help comfort their displaced countrymen. Sallie Ford rocks out Saturday.

Welles Park, $5 to $20, squareroots.org

July
13
Saturday

Square Roots

The Old Town School fest opens with a feel-good headliner: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, who formed in a refugee camp in the ’90s to help comfort their displaced countrymen. Sallie Ford rocks out Saturday.

Welles Park, $5 to $20, squareroots.org

July
13
Saturday
8 p.m.

Matt Ulery’s Loom

This wide-ranging jazz bassist stood out on the excellent 2012 album By a Little Light. With Geof Bradfield on reeds and Marquis Hill on trumpet.

Green Mill , $12, greenmilljazz.com

July
14
Sunday

Square Roots

The Old Town School fest opens with a feel-good headliner: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, who formed in a refugee camp in the ’90s to help comfort their displaced countrymen. Sallie Ford rocks out Saturday.

Welles Park, $5 to $20, squareroots.org

July
15
Monday
6:30 p.m.

Fatoumata Diawara

This French Malian performer is steeped in Wassoulou, a West African tradition that helped spawn American blues.

Pritzker Pavilion, Free, millenniumpark.org

July
16
Tuesday
8 p.m.

Brooklyn Rider

They hail from Brooklyn, so it’s only natural that these four fellows record on vinyl and infuse core classical repertoire with a hipster vibe.

Ravinia, $10 to $60, ravinia.org

July
17
Wednesday
8 p.m.

Beyoncé

A four-year stage sabbatical ends with the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Huzzah!

United Center, $45 to $250, ticketmaster.com

July
18
Thursday
7 p.m.

Christopher McBride Trio

The intrepid alto saxophonist is on the rise. See him now.

The Drake Hotel, Free, jazzinchicago.org

July
18
Thursday
8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Judy Roberts

This jazzy expat draws an adoring, and overflow, crowd.

Jazz Showcase, $20 to $35, jazzshowcase.com

July
18
Thursday
8 p.m.

Courtney Love

A trainwreck, yes. But she still resonates with wounded hearts everywhere.

House of Blues, $32, houseofblues.com

July
19
Friday
8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Judy Roberts

This jazzy expat draws an adoring, and overflow, crowd.

Jazz Showcase , $20 to $35, jazzshowcase.com

July
19
Friday
7:30 p.m.

Harry Connick Jr.

The New Orleans–bred crooner has a new album, Every Man Should Know. But the real treat is his limited-edition Mardi Gras–inspired recording Smokey Mary.

Symphony Center , $49 to $109, cso.org

July
19
Friday

Latin Jazz Festival

Two days of music (Cuban piano master Hilario Duran and saxophonist Jane Bunnett headline Friday), with an incredible park as a backdrop.

Humboldt Park Boathouse , Free, jazzinchicago.org

July
19
Friday

Pitchfork Music Festival

When sonic pigs fly: Björk and R. Kelly are appearing at the same fest!

Union Park; day passes $50, weekend passes sold out; pitchforkmusicfestival.com

July
19
Friday

The Breeders

Lo-fi sisters Kim and Kelley Deal will play Last Splash in all of its off-kilter glory.

Union Park; day passes $50, weekend passes sold out; pitchforkmusicfestival.com

July
19
Friday
8:30 p.m.

Turnpike Troubadours

Revival jams, romantic Southern ballads, Cajun rootsiness: Simply put, these Oklahomans can country-rock all night.

Joe’s Bar, $8, joesbar.com

July
20
Wednesday

Pitchfork Music Festival

When sonic pigs fly: Björk and R. Kelly are appearing at the same fest!

Union Park, Day passes $50; weekend passes sold out., pitchforkmusicfestival.com

July
20
Saturday
7:30 p.m.

Harry Connick Jr.

The New Orleans–bred crooner has a new album, Every Man Should Know. But the real treat is his limited-edition Mardi Gras–inspired recording Smokey Mary.

Symphony Center , $49 to $109, cso.org

July
20
Saturday

Latin Jazz Festival

Two days of music (Cuban piano master Hilario Duran and saxophonist Jane Bunnett headline Friday), with an incredible park as a backdrop.

Humboldt Park Boathouse, Free, jazzinchicago.org

July
20
Saturday
8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Judy Roberts

This jazzy expat draws an adoring, and overflow, crowd.

Jazz Showcase, $20 to $35, jazzshowcase.com

July
21
Sunday

Pitchfork Music Festival

When sonic pigs fly: Björk and R. Kelly are appearing at the same fest!

Union Park; day passes $50, weekend passes sold out; pitchforkmusicfestival.com

July
21
Sunday
4p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m.

Judy Roberts

This jazzy expat draws an adoring, and overflow, crowd.

Jazz Showcase, $20 to $35, jazzshowcase.com

July
21
Sunday
8:30 p.m.

Access Contemporary Music, More

The new experimental music hangout (formerly the Viaduct) is a coup for the local scene; tonight ACM—a composer collective—and others help christen it.

The Constellation, $10, constellation-chicago.com

July
21
Sunday
3 p.m.

Loyola University Organ Concert Series

Even organ music has its stars. Chief among them is Olivier Latry of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Madonna della Strada Chapel, Loyola University, Free, luc.edu/organ

July
21
Sunday
6:30 p.m.

The Sheepdogs

The Sheepdogs were the first unsigned act to grace the cover of Rolling Stone. They close out this fest at Kingsbury and Erie Streets.

Taste of River North in Ward Park, $5, tasterivernorth.com

July
22
Monday
8 p.m.

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake

Downtown cred meets uptown aspirations in this concert for the history books.

Soldier Field, $69 to $175, ticketmaster.com

July
23
Tuesday
8 p.m.

Bob Schneider

This guitarist puts his knowledge of rock, folk, and blues to good use by giving old songs a new edge.

Lincoln Hall, $25, lincolnhallchicago.com

July
24
Wednesday
7:30 p.m.

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Now celebrated around the world, these lightning-fast guitar virtuosos once played for change on the street.

Chicago Theatre, $38 to $53, ticketmaster.com

July
25
Thursday
9 p.m.

Rabbit Rabbit

If you haven’t heard this folk-punk–parlor fusion duo yet, you will.

Schubas, $15, schubas.com

July
25
Thursday
7:30 p.m.

Tierney Sutton

Sutton has one of the most soulful voices in jazz. Her pianist, Christian Jacob, is a talent in his own right.

SPACE, $18 to $38, evanstonspace.com

July
27
Saturday

Wicker Park Fest

Sleigh Bells meet Passion Pit in Cults, a dance-driven New York duo that will pump up the volume on Saturday.

Milwaukee Avenue and Paulina Street , $5, wickerparkfest.com

July
28
Sunday

Wicker Park Fest

Sleigh Bells meet Passion Pit in Cults, a dance-driven New York duo that will pump up the volume on Saturday.

Milwaukee Avenue and Paulina Street , $5, wickerparkfest.com

July
29
Monday
6:30 p.m.

Desa & Psalm One

Underground hip-hop comes to the forefront when the pioneering lady emcees Dessa and Psalm One party in the park.

Pritzker Pavilion, Free, cityofchicago.org

July
29
Monday
7:30 p.m.

Heart with Jason Bonham

Ann and Nancy Wilson join forces with the son of Zep’s late drummer — expect a mind-blowing finale.

Ravinia, $33, ravinia.org

July
30
Tuesday
6 p.m.

Wiz Khalifa and ASAP Rocky

A hip-hop quadruple threat: Harlem-bred rapper (and Rihanna tour mate) ASAP Rocky, radio hit maker Wiz Khalifa (“Black and Yellow”), up-and-comers B.o.B., and Joey Badass.

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, $25 to $75, ticketmaster.com

August
August
2
Friday

Lollapalooza

Nine Inch Nails, the Cure, and Mumford & Sons headline the massive downtown jam.

Grant Park, Sold out, lollapalooza.com

August
3
Saturday

Lollapalooza

Nine Inch Nails, the Cure, and Mumford & Sons headline the massive downtown jam.

Grant Park, Sold out, lollapalooza.com

August
3
Saturday

Festival Cubano

Between the roasted pig, fresh fruit juice, and a flock of musicians from the States and Cuba alike, no one ever leaves Festival Cubano hungry or culturally understimulated.

Riis Park (Fullerton and Narragansett Avenues), thecubanfestival.com

August
3
Saturday

Woodstock Mozart Festival

It’s a Dagwood-sandwich filling between Haydn-Mozart bread. The fest features pieces by Pedro Iturralde, Jacques Ibert, and Erwin Schulhoff alongside Bizet, Mascagni, Haydn, and Mozart.

Woodstock Opera House, $33 to $55, mozartfest.org

August
3
Saturday
8 p.m.

Dickey Betts & Great Southern

There would be no Allman Brothers without Dickey Betts’s blues chops. Now he runs his own group, proving his finger pickin’ is still kickin’.

City Winery, $65, citywinery.com

August
4
Sunday
8 p.m.

Dickey Betts & Great Southern

There would be no Allman Brothers without Dickey Betts’s blues chops. Now he runs his own group, proving his finger pickin’ is still kickin’.

City Winery, $65, citywinery.com

August
4
Sunday

Lollapalooza

Nine Inch Nails, the Cure, and Mumford & Sons headline the massive downtown jam.

Grant Park, Sold out, lollapalooza.com

August
4
Sunday

Festival Cubano

Between the roasted pig, fresh fruit juice, and a flock of musicians from the States and Cuba alike, no one ever leaves Festival Cubano hungry or culturally understimulated.

Riis Park (Fullerton and Narragansett Avenues), , thecubanfestival.com

August
4
Sunday

Woodstock Mozart Festival

It’s a Dagwood-sandwich filling between Haydn-Mozart bread. The fest features pieces by Pedro Iturralde, Jacques Ibert, and Erwin Schulhoff alongside Bizet, Mascagni, Haydn, and Mozart.

Woodstock Opera House , $33 to $55, mozartfest.org

August
5
Monday
7 p.m.

The National

Love those moody Ohioans but can’t deal with Lolla? You’re in luck — they play the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee the following Monday, and it has A/C and seats.

Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, $33, pabsttheatre.org

August
5
Monday
8 p.m.

Takacs Quartet

Performing Bartok’s quartets — odds one night and evens the next — the august group plays just as well as when it was young in Hungary.

Ravinia, $10 to $100, ravinia.org

August
6
Tuesday
8 p.m.

Takacs Quartet

Performing Bartok’s quartets — odds one night and evens the next — the august group plays just as well as when it was young in Hungary.

Ravinia, $10 to $100, ravinia.org

August
6
Tuesday
9 p.m.

D’Angelo

August just got a little steamier. The proclaimed R&B Jesus and Questlove collaborator returns.

House of Blues, $85, houseofblues.com

August
7
Wednesday
9 p.m.

D’Angelo

August just got a little steamier. The proclaimed R&B Jesus and Questlove collaborator returns.

House of Blues, $85, houseofblues.com

August
7
Wednesday
8 p.m.

Itzhak Perlman

If People covered classical music, it would cover this concert like Kim and Kanye.

Ravinia, $10 to $100, ravinia.org

August
8
Thursday
9 p.m.

Ken Vandermark and Joe Morris

Kindred musical spirits, the respected local saxophonist (Vandermark) and free jazz guitarist (Morris) team up for an evening of improv.

Elastic Arts, $8, elasticarts.org

August
8
Thursday
6:30 p.m.

Jeff Parker-Nels Cline Quartet

The reigning king of Chicago side projects, Jeff Parker, teams up with the Wilco guitarist Nels Cline to take a stab at the 1964 free jazz touchstone Turning Point.

Pritzker Pavilion, Free, millenniumpark.org

August
8
Thursday
7 p.m.

Chick Corea & The Vigil

The composer-pianist unveils yet another new band with guitarist Charles Altura, drummer Marcus Gilmore, saxophonist Tim Garland, and bassist Hadrien Feraud.

SPACE, $42 to $108, evanstonspace.com

August
8
Thursday
9:30 p.m.

Chick Corea & The Vigil

The composer-pianist unveils yet another new band with guitarist Charles Altura, drummer Marcus Gilmore, saxophonist Tim Garland, and bassist Hadrien Feraud.

SPACE, $42 to $108, evanstonspace.com

August
10
Saturday

Woodstock Mozart Festival

It’s a Dagwood-sandwich filling between Haydn-Mozart bread. The fest features pieces by Pedro Iturralde, Jacques Ibert, and Erwin Schulhoff alongside Bizet, Mascagni, Haydn, and Mozart.

Woodstock Opera House , $33 to $55, mozartfest.org

August
11
Sunday

Woodstock Mozart Festival

It’s a Dagwood-sandwich filling between Haydn-Mozart bread. The fest features pieces by Pedro Iturralde, Jacques Ibert, and Erwin Schulhoff alongside Bizet, Mascagni, Haydn, and Mozart.

Woodstock Opera House , $33 to $55, mozartfest.org

August
11
Sunday
8 p.m.

Bebel Gilberto

The daughter of bossa nova legend João Gilberto has steadily built her own cultish following.

City Winery, $45 to $55, citywinery.com

August
12
Monday
8 p.m.

Bebel Gilberto

The daughter of bossa nova legend João Gilberto has steadily built her own cultish following.

City Winery, $45 to $55, citywinery.com

August
13
Tuesday
8 p.m.

Emerson String Quartet

The Grammy winners just brought on a new member for the first time in 34 years, but they’re still conservative — think Britten and Beethoven.

Ravinia, $10 to $60, ravinia.org

August
14
Wednesday
6 p.m.

The Black Crowes

Following a three-year hiatus, the Georgia classic-rock revivalists are hitting the road again, this time with jam-band guitar hero Jackie Greene, who will help fuel the lengthy instrumental excursions.

Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island, $50 to $85, ticketmaster.com

August
15
Thursday
6:30 p.m.

Dana Hall: The Andrew Hill Project

The talented local band-leader/drummer Dana Hall arranges the far-reaching compositions of the legendary Chicago pianist Andrew Hill.

Pritzker Pavilion, Free, millenniumpark.org

August
16
Friday
9 p.m.

Angel Olsen

One of the Chicago scene’s most promising artists is stepping out solo.

Lincoln Hall, $13, lincolnhall.com

August
16
Friday
6:30 p.m.

Grant Park Season Finale

Pour out the last of the zinfandel to toast Igor Stravinsky’s groundbreaking, riot-inspiring The Rite of Spring, still spry at age 100.

Pritzker Pavilion, Free, grantparkmusicfestival.com

August
16
Friday
7:30 p.m.

Black Sabbath

Last year’s Lollapalooza appearance was just the appetizer to this year’s long-awaited comeback. The original lineup (sans drummer Bill Ward) released a new album, $13, in June.

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, $23 to $125, ticketmaster.com

August
17
Saturday
7:30 p.m.

Grant Park Season Finale

Pour out the last of the zinfandel to toast Igor Stravinsky’s groundbreaking, riot-inspiring The Rite of Spring, still spry at age 100.

Pritzker Pavilion, Free, grantparkmusicfestival.com

August
17
Saturday
8 p.m.

Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge

Between Lage, a seriously soulful young jazz guitarist, and Eldridge, a vet who plays in the Punch Brothers, this is sure to be a delicious show.

SPACE, $15 to $27, evanstonspace.com

August
22
Thursday
9 p.m.

The Horse’s Ha

You can’t swing a cat in Chicago’s music scene and not hit Janet Bean. She’s one-half of a connected local folk-rock duo (with James Elkington) that releases its second album, Waterdrawn, this month.

The Hideout, $10, hideoutchicago.com

August
23
Friday

Brasil Fest

It’s all about the surdos and the berambaus at the second installation of this pounding cultural festival. The capoeira too.

Logan Square, Free, brasilfestchicago.com

August
24
Saturday
7:30 p.m.

Bats for Lashes

Natasha Khan (a.k.a. Bat for Lashes) first baited listeners with her folktronica cover of Depeche Mode’s “Strangelove.” But her intimate originals have kept them hooked. She opens for Depeche Mode.

First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre, $35 to $180, ticketmaster.com

August
26
Monday
8 p.m.

The Little Match Girl Passion

What a pair: Classical composer David Lang brought cool back to new music, and Chicago’s Eighth Blackbird is one of the scene’s hottest groups.

Ravinia, $10 to $35, ravinia.org

August
27
Tuesday
6 p.m.

Aaron Diehl

The 27-year-old pianist, Juilliard grad, and Wynton Marsalis sideman has talent to burn.

Ravinia, $10, ravinia.org

August
27
Tuesday
8 p.m.

The Cult

Ian Astbury is an icon of testosterone rock.

House of Blues, $35, houseofblues.com

August
29
Thursday through Sunday

Chicago Jazz Fest

It has had its ups and downs, but the 35-year-old fest strikes a new high note this year with a bigger footprint, which includes a string of shows in Millennium Park. The drummer Jack DeJohnette and legendary local jazz pianist Willie Pickens (with NOLA saxophonist Donald Harrison) headline. Fest artist in residence Hamid Drake makes several notable appearances.

Multiple venues, Free, cityofchicago.org

August
30
Friday through Sunday

North Coast Festival

Nipping on the heels of Lollapalooza and Pitchfork, North Coast is the city’s next big fest. The lineup skews toward electronica and hip-hop—Wu-Tang Clan and Afrojack headline—but there are enough outliers to keep the crowd diverse: Blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. plays a set, and local band On an On appears for its first home-turf show since winning over Time and NPR at SXSW.

Union Park, $135 for three-day pass, clubtix.com

August
31
Saturday
7 p.m.

Ty Segall

The prolific San Francisco garage rocker must never sleep. In 2012 alone, Segall released three albums and still managed to tour the United States.

Logan Square Auditorium, $18, ticketweb.com

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Photo Credit for front page image: Bat for Lashes, shot by Eliot Lee Hazel.

 

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1 year ago
Posted by jelswor

What about Bon Jovi on July 12th at Soldier Field?

12 months ago
Posted by shocked

How is it even possible that you wouldn't include Pearl Jam at Wrigley and Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran at Soldier Field? Seriously? The fact that you have Courtney Love and not Eddie Vedder boggles the mind...

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