If scouring dark and weathered clubs for the "next big thing" in music is your passion, Chicago has many an option. Dozens. For instance, just before Adele hit the big time her favorite place to play was a Martyrs in Lakeview -- a cool, candlelight club that holds around 200 patrons. But, if you're more interested in the here and now, the current chart toppers, there's a handful of fantastic options in and around town as well. For the most elite and best-selling concerts this summer, look to these venues.
When the Bulls have the night off and the Blackhawks are on the road, the United Center in the West Loop neighborhood is home to some of the biggest tours in the States. Upcoming concerts include Kanye West, Bon Jovi, P!nk and Drake. Get pumped!
Just outside city limits, in Rosemont, the Allstate Arena is another sports stadium slash concert hotspot. V 103's 25th Anniversary Concert and The Eagles on the books in October, and the Ringling Bros. Circus in November. Check the arena's website for directions and shuttle information to make it accessible via public transit.
As beautiful as it is historic, The Chicago Theater has hosted everyone from Duke Ellington to Nicki Minaj. Originally opened in 1921, the Theater sits in the heart of downtown at the intersection of State and Lake streets. It boasts a year-round calendar of concerts and comedians. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, The Weekend and John Legend top the bill this fall.