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The Best Concerts in Chicago this May

By / April 25, 2018
   Johannes Lovund
   Johannes Lovund

May is finally upon Chicago, which means the city’s live music scene is heating up—fast. Here are eight of the best ones to see now, whether it’s a Boston-based band specializing in R&B and soul, a trio of rocker sisters, or a Norwegian DJ who knows how to get a crowd moving.


The United Center

Dance the night away to the beats of Kygo (Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll), a Norwegian DJ, record producer, musician, and songwriter who's known for tracks like It Ain't Me, First Time, and Stargazing.

$39 / RSVP


May 11 and May 12, 7:30pm

The Aragon Ballroom

This rock trio features vocalists, multi-instrumentalists, and sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana. This tour arrives on the back of their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Something To Tell You.

$62 / RSVP

Matt Maeson

Virgin Hotels Chicago

This is the first headlining show for Matt Maeson, a breakout singer-songwriter focused on alt-rock tracks that will be released on an EP (The Hearse) on April 27.

$14 / RSVP
   Marian Hill

Marian Hill

The Metro

Platinum-certified Philadelphia duo Marian Hill hit the road this spring with their brand new single "Subtle Thing." Expect other favorite tracks, too, such as One Time, Down, and Wish You Would.

$33 / RSVP

Lake Street Dive with Mikaela Davis

Thalia Hall

Grab a group for a fun evening with this Boston-based band, whose sound is influenced by late sixties-early seventies R&B, AM pop, and FM rock.

$59 - $110 / RSVP

Anderson East with Jade Bird

Thalia Hall

This show celebrates East's latest album release, Encore. Expect an energetic performance featuring new songs, as well as previous hits like Satisfy Me and Only You.

$22 - $42 / RSVP
   Fever Ray

Fever Ray at the Metro

May 18, 6pm; May 18, 10pm

The Metro

Experience a show-stopping performance from Karin Elisabeth Dreijer, a Swedish singer-songwriter and record producer who was once part of electronic music duo The Knife.

$37 / RSVP

Lissie with Van William presented by 93XRT


Groove to the rhythms of Illinois native Lissie, who released her fourth studio album Castles on March 23. Expect the same contemporary dream-pop that landed her with national critical praise.

$27 - $110 / RSVP


Nicole Schnitzler is a freelance writer who covers​ ​food, drink, ​travel, entertainment, and ​lifestyle. When she is not planning her next adventure​​, she can be found​ ​commuting between bakeries, yoga classes,​ live music shows, and libraries ​in her hometown of ​​Chicago. She is most comfortable with a pen in one hand and a fork in the other. Nicole is also the founder of Doors Open Dishes, an initiative committed to keeping the doors open to the group homes and workshops of individuals with special needs by partnering with chefs and restaurants across the city. Follow her on Twitter (@Write_To_Eat) or on Instagram (@WriteToEat).

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