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Category - Music

Three to See: Record Store Day Celebrations 4/19

Record Store Day

The third Saturday in April is just another beautiful spring day - unless you're a record collector. In recent years Record Store Day has drawn more and more general music fans in addition to hardcore vinyl collectors. In-store performances, special releases and big sales draw patrons from all over the country to support their local records stores and Chicago is never one to miss a celebration. This year's Record Store Day lands on April 19 and here

Petty Fest Rocks Chicago Next Week at The Metro

Petty Fest

Chicago is lucky in so many ways. We've built ourselves up as a national leader in arts, culture and dining and the opportunities that come our way prove that the work was worth it. This month, our local music scene says hello to a new type of concert, one that American Girls (and boys) should get excited about. 

Chicago's Original Rap Karaoke Night Puts The Mic In Your Hand This Weekend

 Psalm One

Karaoke is always a solid weekend outing option but specialty karaoke parties can really up the fun, and Chicago's Original Rap Karaoke seems to have found a permanent new home in Jerry's Sandwiches of Wicker Park. By day, the spot serves up dozens of weirdly wonderful sandwich combinations, but on the third Saturday of every month local rap favorite Psalm One (pictured above) and her band of hip hop enthusiasts turn

Funk Fest Chicago Makes Its Dancin' Debut This Month


The same folks that bring you Americana music-themed Dunn Dunn Fest every winter are ready to celebrate Chicago's thriving funk music scene this month! Funk Fest Chicago hits Wicker Park's Subterranean April 18 and 19 next weekend, and it'll be time to dance!

Millennium Park – Your Spring and Summer Guide to the Park (Part One)

Millennium Park
Believe it or not, the ice skating rink at Millennium Park is melting and the colorful shade umbrellas are going up in its place for the Park Grill outdoor seating area. Spring has sprung, and from the winter we had in Chicago, I think most of us assumed the ice skating rink was going to be up till the end of June. As we transition from winter to spring, Millennium Park will also make the transition of winter wonderland to a hot spot for concerts, festivals, and art events. Let's dive into

Five Chicago Concerts to See This April

John Legend

Spring has sprung and we couldn't be more ready. It's not quite outdoor music festival season yet but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get in shape by checking out the impressive spread of concerts that will be popping up all across Chicago this month. If you need a kickstart, these shows are sure to get you in the mood. 

Made in Chicago: Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples

Mavis Staple is a Chicago great, and an integral name in the make up of Chicago's musical landscape. And in just a few weeks, Mavis is back here in her hometown with a performance you won't want to miss. But first, let's take a look back at Mavis Staples' incredible career.


A Guide To Classical Music in Chicago

CSO - Playing Music - Blog

Chicago's classical music scene is one of the best things about living in Chicago.  The variety of music covers the very old to the brand new, large ensembles in lush concert halls to chamber music in intimate venues.  You'll find some of the world's best musicians and composers who call Chicago home; and you'll hear top players from around the globe.  The audience is as diverse as the music, dress code is mostly casual, and tickets

Ravinia's 2014 Calendar Reveal Has Us Even More Excited For Summer

Ravinia Festival 2012

We're already through another winter and, yes, summer is just around the corner in Chicago. That's not the only thing that's hard to believe though. This year North Shore's best loved outdoor music venue Ravinia is packing more stars into its lineup than ever this year! Let's talk about who made the calendar.

More Chicago Music To Check Out at SXSW 2014

Chicago Made SXSW

Now that the dust has settled from last night's incredible Chicago Made SXSW Music Showcase at Red 7, here's a list of additional "official" SXSW artists from Chicago to keep in mind while planning your schedule the rest of the week (or to listen to at home, for those not in Austin). For the full post on these local artists and more, check out's blog dedicated to

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