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"Superstars" Exhibit Highlights Chicago Rock Photographer Paul Natkin's Greatest Works

Judas Priest

In the wide spectrum of Chicago's music scene, we've produced far more than just a multitude of talented song makers and stage takers. Paul Natkin has cemented himself as a legendary name in the industry but in a much different context. If not for the Chicago native, some of music's most legendary images wouldn't exist. The son of noted photojournalist Robert Natkin, Paul has been shooting famous performers for more than four decades. 

The Best Upcoming Jazz Shows in Chicago

Esperanza Spalding

Chicago has made a name for itself as the forefront of jazz since the 1920s, and with world-class musicians filling seats in clubs and theaters every night, things aren't much different today. Get a taste of the action at one of these upcoming shows.

Lake FX Listen Local Showcase Puts Chicago Talent In The Spotlight

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It's a busy weekend in Chicago with both the Chicago International Music and Movies Festival and Lake FX Summit coming to town. The two city-wide events are working in tandem to bring international talent to Chicago to share their experiences, work and knowledge.

8 Reasons We're Excited for CIMMFest

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The Chicago International Music and Movies festival grows more massive and more expansive every spring. However, the 2015 programming proves that it's not missing out on any amount of quality for the sake of quantity. The city-wide, multiple venue fest is unique in that it not only showcases many fine musicians and filmmakers but it also highlights the longstanding relationship and reliance that the two mediums share. 

Here's How You Can Celebrate Record Store Day In Chicago

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Every weekend is busy in Chicago but if you're a vinylphile, then there's only one upcoming date on your calendar. Saturday, April 18, is the annual celebration of Record Store Day and the city is going to be packed full of special events. 

Here are the best places to go crate digging.

Friday Faves: What's Your Favorite Music Venue in Chicago?

Green Mill Lounge

Here at Choose Chicago, we believe one of the best ways to jumpstart a truly epic experience in Chicago is to get ideas from the people who know the city best. Our locals, some of the greatest ambassadors of Chicago you can find, are invaluable resources for discovering the greatest things to see and do in the city.  

Local Jazz Singer Keri Johnsrud To Celebrate New Album At The Green Mill

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Chicago has produced many historic jazz clubs in its many decades and, frankly, it's a good thing we're also still producing talented jazz artists to fill those deserving stages. 

On Monday, April 13, 15-year performance veteran Keri Johnsrud celebrates her first headlining performance at the legendary Green Mill Jazz Club with the release of her second album This Side Of Morning

5 Treasures You'll Find At The CHIRP Record Fair This Saturday

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The CHIRP Record Fair has become a hallmark sign of springtime in Chicago. Every year, Chicago's independent radio project brings vendors from across the Midwest together for a crate diving day of fun and discovery. 

Chicago's Rock 'n' Roll Marching Band Mucca Pazza Playing April Residency At Revolution Brewing

Mucca Pazza Big Band

Mondays in April at Revolution Brewing's Logan Square hub are getting a little weird ... in a good way. Chicago's Mucca Pazza, a 20+ member marching band that's known to play everything from gypsy punk to New Orleans funk to mambo music, is setting up shop at the brewpub for a weekly residency. 

Three Places To Hear Traditional Irish Music In Chicago this St. Patrick's Day

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There are many Irish symbols and traditions we associate with St. Patrick's Day here in Chicago. Music isn't always one of them but it is an important! No holiday or cultural celebration is complete without it, really. In addition to the parades, the Jameson and the sea (or river) of green you'll find all throughout Chicago this Saturday and Tuesday, these spots will offer the traditional sounds of Ireland.

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