20 Shows To Put On Your Radar in Chicago This Fall

While we’re still deep into the middle of the summer here in Chicago, it’s never too early to start putting fall shows on your radar. I think it’s been decided (at least on my end) that fall in Chicago always has a ridiculous amount of live music and this year is no different!

With the large amount of music venues in the city, it’s easy to lose track of what shows are coming up and where they’re at – so I’ve made it easier for my readers to keep track of the best shows coming up in one place!

Below is a list of 20 shows (yes, it’s a lot) that I think are worth checking out this September and October. There are definitely some gems coming up even later in the year, but I don’t want to overwhelm you all (or myself, honestly). Each show listed below has only ONE sentence as to why I think you should go – and writing just one proved to be harder than I anticipated!


My Picks For Must-See Lollapalooza Aftershows

We’re less than two months away from Lollapalooza…which is wild to think about. The official list of aftershows were released this week (with more to come) and though I’m always interested in the artists that are performing and could easily find more than one show to attend, there are always only a handful that I think are truly worth attending. 

MDW Concert Lineup in Chicago

The long weekend in Chicago brings a ton of fun and exciting events to take advantage of – including my favorite of the sort: live music! There’s so much happening in Chicago this month and through the rest of the summer: to me, MDW sort of kicks it all off. Below are some of my picks for shows to see this weekend.

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.