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Chicago 2018 Music Calendar: The City’s Top Concerts This Month

When your need for live music strikes, we're here to inspire you with a hand-picked list of the hottest concerts in Chicago. From under-the-radar local bands to arena-filling super stars, we've got every concert you'll want on your calendar right here.

By / November 13, 2018

December 10 - 16


Rosemont Theatre

Ring in the season with one of the world's most famous a cappella groups. The award-winning quintet will treat you to a magical evening of inventive covers of your favorite holiday tunes.

$33 / RSVP

Chromeo (DJ Set)

The Mid

The Canadian duo's DJ set is as good as one of their headlined performances, as they spin through their signature electro-funk sound bridging pre-2000s hits with contemporary bangers.

$34 / RSVP

Straight No Chaser

Civic Opera House

Straight No Chaser is another one of the few internationally recognized a cappella groups, and their appropriately themed albums and performances have been a staple of the holidays since 2008.

$31 / RSVP

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

The Empty Bottle

Multi-talented producer Adrian Younge and A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad team up a striking jazz fusion album best heard in a smoky club during midnight hours.

$22 - $24 / RSVP

The Oh Hellos

Thalia Hall

Backed by a fiery six-piece band, the sibling duo of Tyler and Maggie Heath defy any assumptions you have of folk music. Sing, laugh, and dance into the season with their Christmas Extravaganza show.

$25 - $54 / RSVP

December 17 - 23

Robert Glasper Trio

Jazz Showcase

Grammy-winning pianist Robert Glasper has worked with stars like Kendrick Lamar and Common, and he's coming to Chicago with his trio, which explores fusions of jazz and hip-hop.

$35 - $55 / RSVP

Cat Power

Thalia Hall

Inspired by the birth of her son and the departure from her label, Cat Power embarked on a multi-year journey writing "Wanderer," a stripped and bold ode to the wanderers before her.

$42 - $54 / RSVP

All Time Low

House of Blues Chicago

One of the greatest and most everlasting emo acts, All Time Low brings an intense stage show to Chicago's House of Blues. It won't be all throwbacks though, as they have new music to share.

$67 / RSVP

Chase Rice

Joe's Live Rosemont

From college football linebacker to "Survivor: Nicaragua" runner up to in-demand singer-songwriter, Chase Rice has found his place in country music with a smooth croon that sounds like Nashville.

$35 / RSVP


Aragon Ballroom

Denver-based Nick Miller, better known by his stage name Illenium, has won the hearts of dance music aficionados worldwide through his captivating remixes and enthralling original productions.

$35 / RSVP

A Christmas Soul Party

Park West

Celebrate the holidays with a mix of throwback R&B and exciting neo-soul, featuring the talents of singer/actor Rahsann Patterson and Chicago-natives Dante Hall and "Slique" Jay Adams.

$40 - $80 / RSVP

December 24 - 30

Shemekia Copeland

City Winery Chicago

Spend an evening with this blues and soul singer who has swept audiences with her sultry voice and modern, lyrical approach to R&B.


Cash Cash

PRYSM Nightclub

Surrender your body to the electronic trio's catchy, progressive beats and massive drops that will keep the party bumpin' into the new year.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Allstate Arena

Hear your favorite Christmas tunes ramped up in prog rock glory in an arena setting.



Thalia Hall

Ring in the New Year with Noname, a Chicago native whose rap style melds poetry and spoken word in songs like "Diddy Bop," "Self," and "Ace."


Greensky Bluegrass

Riviera Theatre

The five-piece jam band from Michigan brings their vivacious, rock-infused bluegrass to the Riviera stage. Dance to a marathon of hits both old and new.



Aragon Ballroom

Dance the night away to the catchy beats of this Swedish EDM duo, who get parties moving with favorites like "No Money," "Runaway," and "Spaceship."


December 31 - January 6

Radiance NYE

Wisconsin Center

Be one of the first to experience the inaugural year of this all-out music fest, featuring Excision and Zeds Dead and support from Bear Grillz, Riot Ten, Whipped Cream, and Spock.

$108 - $191 / RSVP

Nicholas Payton

Jazz Showcase

You'll always hear something different at a Nicholas Payton live performance. Integrating turntables and Afro-Caribbean themes, this trumpeter is pushing jazz to new heights.

$25 / RSVP

Don Q

Astoria lounge

Don Q's hard-hitting verses are built for the stage, where the Bronx, NY native's intensity delivers the hype you need to get lit.


Morgan Wallen

Joe's Live Rosemont

Dance, laugh, and sing along with front-running country singer Morgan Wallen, who brings the party to you with hits like "Up Down," "Whiskey Glasses," and "The Way I Talk."

$15 / RSVP

Talib Kweli

City Winery Chicago

Brooklyn's Talib Kweli brings his infectious brand of conscious hip-hop to Chi-town. A veteran of the music industry, Kweli has an extensive back catalog and is not afraid to use it.




Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf seamlessly transition between the turntables and the mic, while inflicting their signature high-energy dance rock on roaring crowds. Don't miss their last show at The MID.


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