A Guide to My Favorite Music Venues in Chicago…and Their Neighboring Bars

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A lot of people ask me about the music scene in Chicago and I’m hoping that this post can be used as a guide that people can return to in order to learn more about the unique music venues in Chicago. I feel like I’ve been to so many of them (I’ve been to all of the ones I’ve listed below except one), and it’s awesome that the city is so massive that I probably won’t ever actually get to every single venue.

I have been working on this blog post for awhile, but I had so many ideas for it that I needed time to really draw out how I wanted it to go. Thank you to those who voted on my Twitter and Instagram polls on what you wanted to see: it helped so much!

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Fall 2017 Playlist

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Even though I love making playlists at the start of each new season, I think that there’s something extra special about crafting the perfect fall playlist. I know for me personally, there have been albums released in the fall over the years that are very important to me and have become quintessential fall albums (I’m thinking about doing a post on this – if you’re into it, let me know).

Ten Shows to See in Chicago This Fall

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September 1st marks the (unofficial) start of fall and I’m too excited for these shows hitting Chicago in the next few months.

There are SO many great artists visiting Chicago during the fall but I chose to highlight these 10! I’m hoping to get to at least half of these (I have tickets to four of them so far), and I hope that you learn something or even buy tickets after reading this post!

Lollapalooza 2017 Hits & Misses: Sunday

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Here we go: the final recap post of my four post installation of my Lollapalooza 2017 Weekend. This was a lot of writing and a LOT of will power to keep going – but I’m glad to see that there was interest in reading these posts!

Click here to read my Day One (Thursday) recap to learn how the festival’s evacuation unfolded.

Click here to read my Day Two (Friday) recap and see who some of my favorite acts of the weekend were.

Click here to ready my Day Three (Saturday) recap and see who left me majorly disappointed.

MAMBY ON THE BEACH

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This past weekend, I had the opportunity to go to Mamby On the Beach, a music festival in Chicago that is just three years old. I had not gone in previous years, although artists appearing on the lineups like LANY, Bishop Briggs, Chet Faker, Phantogram, Betty Who and Gallant (to name a few) caught my interest in years past. I decided to go this year on a whim because once my best friend and I realized that Local Natives was on the lineup, we knew we had to go.

Concert Review: MUNA

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If you haven’t heard of MUNA before, you’re probably living under a rock. The trio of women are currently touring their debut album, About U, which was released a little over two weeks ago on February 3 and are on their way to changing the face of pop music.

After performing a handful of shows and festivals here and there last year to showcase their release, The Loudspeaker EP, the band was gearing up to release their full length, 12 track album packed will synth pop anthems and political lyrics that has been received spectacularly by fans and critics alike.

If you haven’t read any of my pieces spotlighting MUNA before this one (search “Muna” in the search bar to the right to see them), you must know and understand MUNA’s history as a band. The three women, Katie, Naomi and Josette – met in college at California and joined forces to create a world in their music in which their fans could escape from the hardships and prejudice that they may face in their daily lives. All three women identify as queer – a concept that, 10 years ago, may have been too controversial to be comfortable with in a world as superficial and image obsessed as the music industry.

Ten Shows To See This Fall Under $25

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A lot of people tend to ask me how I can afford going to as many shows as I do – and my response is always that nearly every show I go to costs less than $25. Sure, I will splurge on a few shows here and there, but the majority of them tend to be pretty affordable.

Chicago has a fantastic music scene and we have so many venues, I am honestly never bored and it’s amazing that this is the city I get to spend my college years in.