Summertime in Chicago means music, music, music! 

Highlights this summer include Taylor Swift, and JAY-Z & Beyonce at Soldier Field; Pearl Jam and Billy Joel at Wrigley Field; U2, Justin Timberlake and Elton John at the United Center. And that's just for starters.

Check out Chicago's blockbuster music concerts by venue.


One of the largest outdoor venues in Chicago and home to the Chicago Bears football team, Soldier Field Stadium definitely sets the stage for music performances in the "City of Music." The historic stadium is located on Lake Michigan just south of downtown. 

Chicago Bears: Soldier Field Aerial View© City of Chicago

Coming in 2018

Taylor Swift June 1& 2

Kenny Chesney July 28

JAY-Z & Beyonce August 10-11

Ed Sheeran October 4


Home to the Chicago Cubs baseball team, Wrigley Field is an iconic Chicago venue in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. 

Wrigley Field Exterior at Night© Wrigley Field

Coming in 2018

Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band July 13

Def Leppard and Journey July 14

Pearl Jam August 18 & 20

Luke Bryan September 1

Billy Joel September 7

Fall Out Boy September 8


Part of Chicago's Museum Campus, this man-made peninsula along the lakefront also plays host to several big events in the summer. 

Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island©Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Coming in 2018

Big Sean: Unfriendly Reminder Tour 2018 May 27

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats + The Head And The Heart May 31

Post Malone June 5

Primus / Mastodon June 6

alt-J June 7

Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton June 14

Thirty Seconds To Mars June 15

Ray Lamontagne With Very Special Guest Neko Case June 16

Country LakeShake - Three Day Festival June 22-24

 June 29

Paramore: The After Laughter Summer Tour (Tour 5) July 2

 July 7

Foreigner - Juke Box Heroes Tour July 11

Barenaked Ladies: Last Summer On Earth Tour July 13

 July 14

 July 15

3 Doors Down & Collective Soul: The Rock & Roll Express Tour July 24

 July 26

 July 29

Charlie Puth: The Voicenotes Tour July 31

 August 12

G-EAZY - The Endless Summer Tour August 14

 September 6


Jay Pritzker Pavilion is a popular tourist spot for workout programs and dance lessons, tons of musical and dance performances, outdoor movie screenings, and other special events. Best of all, it's located in the heart of Chicago at Millennium Park.

Chicago Jazz FestivalChicago Jazz Festival © Adam Alexander

Coming in 2018

Millennium Park Summer Music Series June 18 - August 16 (FREE)

This year's line up includes the Indian fusion sounds of Anoushka Shankar, indie bands The AcesThe Sea and Cake and Moonrise Nation, and the Pacific-Afro-Colombian influences of Canalón de Timbiquí

Chicago Gospel Music Festival June 1-2 (FREE)

Chicago Blues Festival June 8-10 (FREE)

Grant Park Music Festival June 13 - August 18 (FREE)

Chicago Jazz Festival August 30 - September 2 (FREE)

World Music Festival Chicago September 7-23,(FREE)


Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois is the summer home for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and annually holds a summer concert series, known as the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States. The festival is located in Ravinia Park, with an outdoor pavilion and two indoor performance halls.

Ravinia Pavilion Chicago Symphony Orchestra@ Ravinia Pavilion Pop Events

2018 Highlights

Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Ozomatli June 1

Diana Ross June 2

Loverboy and Survivor June 3

Stephen Marley and Matisyahu June 7

Vladimir Feltsman June 8

Anita Baker June 10

Jackson Browne June 15

Roger Daltry June 23 & 25

Janis Ian June 24

Bryan Adams June 29

Classic Albums Live: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band July 7

United Center

Basketball fans flock to the United Center to pay tribute to the famous statue of Michael Jordan. And music lovers flock to the United Center for headline acts throughout the summer.

Selena Gomez

Coming in 2018

Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train May 18

Shania Twain May 19

U2 Experience + Innocence May 22-23

Depeche Mode June 1

Paul Simon June 6

Harry Styles June 30

Radiohead July 6-7

Shakira August 3

Smashing Pumpkins August 13-14

Sam Smith August 15

Childish Gambino September 8

Maroon 5 September 14

Justin Timberlake October 5

Eagles October 15

Elton John October 26-27


Located in Chicago's southwest suburb of Tinley Park, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre opened in 1990 and has an approximate attendance of 400,000 fans per year. It is recognized as one of the biggest amphitheater venues in America and boasts the unique feature of having elevated, private skyboxes. 

Coming in 2018

 May 18

Slayer May 25

 June 9

Top Dawg Entertainment: The Championship Tour June 15

Steely Dan With The Doobie Brothers: The Summer Of Living Dangerously June 21

101WKQX PIQNIQ June 30

Weezer / Pixies July 7

 July 12

Imagine Dragons: EVOLVE TOUR July 13

 July 14

 July 15

 July 21

 July 26

 July 27

 July 28

 August 3

 August 10

 August 11

 August 24

 August 25

 August 29

Counting Crows with special guest +LIVE+: 25 Years and Counting September 8

 September 15

Pentatonic September 16

2018 Country Megaticket Presented By Pennzoil Multiple dates and times

Ozzy Osbourne: No More Tours 2 September 21

 September 22

 October 6

 Multiple dates and times

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