Events

Every Outdoor Summer Concert in Chicago, in One Calendar

We’ve already told you about every festival and every outdoor movie in Chicago this summer. Still missing something? Yes, you are. It’s a listing of EVERY OUTDOOR CONCERT in Chicago this summer. Actually, you’re not missing it. It’s right here.

The Very Best w/ Glass Lux

Malawi/London duo cross-pollinates samples and rhythms.

Kenny Chesney

Soldier Field goes country.

Cage the Elephant w/ The Offspring and Bleachers

As part of the 101 WKQX Piqniq.

Brian Setzer

Former Stray Cats member best known for swing revival act The Brian Setzer Orchestra.

Andrew Belle w/ Birds of Chicago

Chicago-based singer/songwriter with two iTunes “Albums of the Year.”

Hozier

Having already sold out a Riviera show, Hozier can still take you to church aka Millennium Park

Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters

It may not be Led Zeppelin, but it’s still Robert f*ing Plant.

The London Souls w/ Eggnoise

Classic hard-charging rock with high-energy live sets.

Dan Zanes & Friends

Kids concert.

Los Lonely Boys

Chicano rock stars and leading purveyors of “Texican” rock and roll.

Mariachi Divas

Kids concert.

The Mighty Diamonds w/ Charley Organaire

Longest-running vocal trio in Jamaican musical history with soulful harmonies and conscious lyrics.

Barenaked Ladies w/ Violent Femmes & Colin Hay

Violent Femmes? Yes! Barenaked Ladies? No. Hell no.

Mumford & Sons w/ The Maccabees & Son Little

A nice consolation for the demise of Wavefront Fest.

Gipsy Kings

Masters of the pop flamenco music known as Catalan rumba.

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Golden Dragon Acrobats from China

Kids concert.

Hayes Carll w/ Mother Falcon

Americana singer/songwriter nominated for “Artist of the Year” at the 2011 AMAs.

Peter Frampton

Frampton comes alive!

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Damien Rice w/ Iron & Wine

Bonus points for best Sam Beam beard.

Tedeschi Trucks Band w/ Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings

Jam-heavy blues rock duo led by Allman Brothers guitarist Derek Trucks.

Active Child w/ Matt Ulery’s In the Ivory

LA-based instrumentalist known for lush arrangements and eye-popping visuals.

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Bryan Adams

Summer of ’69!

Vans Warped Tour

Punk rock Lollapalooza.

Sheryl Crow

According to Sheryl Crow, “If it makes you happy, it can’t be that bad.” We’ll take her word for it.

Snarky Puppy w/ Third Coast Percussion & Friends

One of the most respected names in instrumental music with a sprawling collective of 40+ members.

The Beach Boys w/ Kool & the Gang

See The Beach Boys where they are meant to be seen... at the beach.

Third Eye Blind w/ Dashboard Confessional

Kleenex not included.

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

What more do you need to know? It’s Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga!

Jimmy Buffett

There are worse things than a Jimmy Buffett concert. We can’t think of any, but there are.

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

David Gray w/ Amos Lee

English singer/songwriter who’s been nominated for four Brit Awards.

Poi Dog Pondering w/ Caroline Smith

Constantly morphing veteran local collective who started out as street buskers and play every imaginable genre of music.

The Doobie Brothers

China Grove!

Pink Martini w/ Aimee Mann

Lounge-style Portland orchestra ranges from pop and Latin to jazz and classical.

Blondie w/ Melissa Etheridge

New wave/punk pioneers still going strong after 40 years (and since a 1997 reunion).

Antibalas w/ Sonny Knight and The Lakers

Afrobeat pioneers modeled after Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 band.

The Grateful Dead

The final Dead shows in honor of the legendary band’s 50th anniversary.

Boston

Just a band out of Boston.

Train w/ The Fray & Matt Nathanson

Frat boy rock in Tinley Park!

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Brian Wilson w/ Rodriguez

Co-founder of the Beach Boys known as one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

Fucked Up w/ DOOMSQUAD

Experimental set presented by Land & Sea Dept.

King Sunny Ade w/ Mathew Tembo

Masters of the Western pop/traditional African music known as juju.

John Fogerty

Former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman still rocking at age 70.

Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

Classical performance conducted by “Don’t’ Worry, Be Happy” creator Bobby McFerrin.

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Judah & the Lion

Indie pop band combines sounds of the South, Midwest, and West with a #1 song on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.

Nickelback

The undisputed worst band of all time, live in concert!

Steve Miller Band w/ Matthew Curry

Yes, that Steve Miller Band. Ask your older brother.

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Fall Out Boy w/ Wiz Khalifa & Hoodie Allen

There will be a lot of nervous parents waiting for their kids to get home from this show.

Aretha Franklin

You love Aretha. Aretha loves you.

Jill Scott w/ Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds

Neo-soul songstress known for stage sass and sultry sounds.

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Mayhem Festival w/ Slayer

Metal kingpins lead a daylong set of ear-splitting anthems.

Disney’s

Music from the film live in concert.

Matthew Sweet w/ In Tall Buildings

Remember that ‘90s alternative radio song “Girlfriend”? Yeah, that was this guy.

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton

Spooky.

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Ondatrópica w/ Helado Negro

The cool, modern sounds of London meet the raw, tropical beats of Colombia.

Symphonie Fantastique

 

Rise Against, Killswitch Engage & letlive.

Metal by the lake.

Jason Aldean w/ Tyler Farr & Cole Swindell

Country music in Tinley Park.

Carlos Miguel Prieto

 

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Rob Thomas w/ Plain White T’s

Frontman of Matchbox Twenty. Don’t hold that against him. Or do.

Gary Allan

 

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Taylor Swift

 

Huey Lewis & the News w/ The Gin Blossoms

Apparently, Huey Lewis doesn’t need a new drug after all.

Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson

 

Murder by Death w/ Banditos

Beloved indie rock institution with a new album out on local label Bloodshot Records.

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Mahler’s First Symphony

 

Incubus w/ Deftones

Legendary alt-rock/funk metal act still at it after 25 years.

All-Russian Program

 

Los Cojolites w/ David Wax Museum

Dedicated to the artistic expressions of indigenous people in the ancient town of Cosoleacaque, Mexico.

Van Halen w/ Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Hot for teacher!

Hillsong United w/ Jesus Culture

Christian rock by the lake!

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Steely Dan

Drink Scotch whiskey, all night long!

Kid Rock w/ Foreigner

You know a Kid Rock song. Even if you don’t want to know a Kid Rock song.

A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration

 

J. Cole w/ Big Sean, Yg & Jeremih

Hip-hop superstar discovered by Jay Z and signed to his label Roc Nation.

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Brahms First Piano Concerto

 

Australian Pink Floyd Show w/ Led Zeppelin 2

Trippy.

Brandi Carlile w/ Old Crow Medicine Show

Alt country/folk rock singer known for bringing private confessions to the public stage.

5 Seconds of Summer

Young punk rock Aussies who once toured with One Direction.

Tchaikovsy’s 1812 Overture

With live cannons!

Scottish Symphony

 

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Pinchas Zukerman

 

Smashing Pumpkins w/ Marilyn Manson

Billy Corgan takes a break from wrestling to perform with Smashing Pumpkins.

Harry Connick Jr.

 

Jerrod Niemann

 

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Tim McGraw w/ Billy Currington & Chase Bryant

Country music in Tinley Park.

Classic Ramsey Lewis

 

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Nicki Minaj w/ Meek Mill & Rae Sremmurd

Don’t know Nicki Minaj? Ask your little sister.

Diana Krall

Canadian jazz singer and pianist who’s sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club

With surviving members of the original Buena Vista Social Club.

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Umphrey’s McGee

Chicago’s finest purveyors of jam-heavy guitar solos and trippy lighting.

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Wagner’s <em>The Flying Dutchman</em>

 

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Idina Menzel

We know her as “Adele Dazeem”. We kid, we kid... she’ll always be Elsa, obvi.

Yes w/ Toto

One of the most overlooked bands of the ‘70s live on stage.

3 Doors Down w/ Collective Soul

Round up your frat brothers for this one.

Better Than Ezra w/ Sugar Ray

(See 3 Doors Down)

NEEDTOBREATHE&nbsp;w/ Switchfoot

Christian rock!

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of theGrant Park Music Festival.

Sublime with&nbsp;Rome &amp; Rebelution

Bong smoke not included.

Midwest Young Artists

Kids concert.

Seth MacFarlane w/ The Ravinia Festival Orchestra

WTF?

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

Lady Antebellum w/ Hunter Hayes &amp; Sam Hunt

Country music in Tinley Park.

Chicago

25 or 6 to 4!

Grant Park Orchestra

As part of the Grant Park Music Festival.

One Direction

 

Laurie Berkner

Kids concert.

The Piano Guys

 

ZZ Top w/ Blackberry Smoke

Beards encouraged.

Billy Joel

 

Little Big Town w/ David Nail &amp;&nbsp;Ashley Monroe

 

Foo Fighters w/ Cheap Trick

Meet up with Dave Grohl at Piece after.

Santana

Oye Como Va!

Alan Jackson

Country star known for melding honky tonk with mainstream country.

Toby Keith w/ Eli Young Band

Country music in Tinley Park.

Bobby Hutcherson Quintet w/ Billy Strayhorn Centennial Celebration

As part of the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Sinatra Centennial

A tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes.

Def Leppard w/ Styx &amp; Tesla

Def Leppard is still around? Apparently they are. This show proves it.

Jackson Browne

Running on empty? Not this 66-year-old singer/songwriter.

Brian Gephart Sextet w/ Douglas Ewart &amp; Inventions and Dee Dee&nbsp;Bridgewater

As part of the Chicago Jazz Festival.

O.A.R. w/ Allen Stone

More frat boy rock!

Muhal Richard Abrams’ Experimental Band

As part of the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Itzhak Perlman &amp; Emmanuel Ax

 

Rick Springfield w/ Loverboy &amp; The Romantics

Jessie’s girl!

Joey Alexander Trio

11-year-old jazz piano phenom Joey Alexander is one of those “prodigies” you heard about growing up.

Zac Brown Band

Wrigley Field goes country.

Gladys Knight w/ The O’Jays

Motown legend and four-time Grammy winner.

Counting Crows

Has “Mr. Jones” sustained a 25-year career? Depressingly, yes it has.

Classic Albums Live Performs <em>Led Zeppelin II</em>

Ramble on!

AC/DC

As they say in the bleachers, have a drink on me!

Ed Sheeran &amp; Christina Perri

Mainstream pop in Tinley Park.

Rascal Flatts w/ Scotty McCreery &amp; Raelynn

Country music in Tinley Park.