Five Chicago Summer 2019 Music Festivals Worth Your Attention

It’s hard to believe that summer is around the corner in Chicago when the high was 45 degrees and cloudy today. But if we’re patient, it will come!

I decided to do this post a bit earlier this year cause I’m needing some summer inspiration to get me through this second winter that Chicago seems to have every year. There are lots of other summer festivals worth checking out like Mamby On The Beach and Wicker Park Fest, but the lineups for those still aren’t released! It seems like everything is behind this year.


Nine $20 Shows in Chicago For National Concert Week 2019

Today kicks off National Concert Week with Live Nation – they’re offering $20 tickets to various shows hitting Chicago this summer and early fall. The deal lasts May 1 through May 7 (or as long as select tickets take to sell out) and there’s a lot of great shows hitting Chicago that are apart of the deal!

Below are my picks for the best shows that you can see in Chicago for just $20. So sit out a couple drinks at the bar or skip your coffee routine for a couple weeks: $20 tickets are worth it!

LISTEN: Deconstructing the Lollapalooza 2019 Lineup

Hey guys! Thanks so much for visiting this post. It’s been a busy week on the blog and it’s going to be an even busier April. This podcast covers the Lollapalooza 2019 lineup, including my initial thoughts & reactions, letdowns, what I’m excited about and more.

March Madness – Every Show in Chicago Worth Checking Out Next Month

Can you believe we’re already onto the second month of 2019? It feels as though I was just creating one of these posts for shows to check out in the Fall of 2018 (here) but there’s already a ridiculous amount of amazing shows hitting Chicago next month alone that I wanted to highlight.

Note that a lot of these shows land on the same day (Can I live March 6 multiple different times so I can go to each show in Chicago that day?) so you have a TON to choose from. I should be attending at least 1/3 of these shows (my confirmed shows are noted with a *, potential shows I am covering with a +), maybe I will see you there!

This list ranges from pop to rock to R&B to COUNTRY (!!) to electronic – I know there is something for every preference and cool to recognize how diverse Chicago’s music scene is.

Show Review: TNK Fest With LaLa LaLa and Snail Mail

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Tomorrow Never Knows came and went in a blink of an eye and it was a great way to kick off my live shows of the new year. You can read more about this local festival in my blog post here. While it’s obvious that every artist on the lineup for TNK fest are worthy, I was definitely most excited to check out LaLa LaLa and Snail Mail.

The 12 Best Performances I Saw in 2018

As 2018 is coming to a close – finally – I decided to share one more “year end” post on the blog: my favorite performances of 2018. I shared one of these last year (click here) but I wanted to do 12 instead of 10 just to include a couple more. Last year, I saw 95 performances and this year I ended up seeing 98. I wanted to get to 100, but alas. Hopefully I can get to 100 in 2019.