Jam out at huge concert halls like The Chicago Theatre or Aragon Ballroom, discover up-and-coming artists at revered Chicago music clubs like Metro or Empty Bottle, or settle into a cozy venue like The Hideout or Schubas Tavern.
Mark your calendars too for annual Chicago music celebrations — Chicago Blues Festival in June and Chicago Jazz Festival over Labor Day weekend — are both completely free and set on the beautiful lakefront. The mega fest Lollapalooza puts a global spotlight on Chicago each summer as well. Throughout this season the Chicago music calendar touts more pack-up-and-go events for every genre: Spring Awakening (electronic), Pitchfork (indie-rock), and Windy City Smokeout (country) among them. While the weekend neighborhood festivals are both rich in local talent and light on the budget for the casual music fan.