May 30, 2022

Maps: Chicago Summer Concert and Music Festivals Guide

By Caroline Fisher, Madeline Pimlott and Rubi Carmona

Best Chicago Music Venues

With summer approaching, more and more artists are announcing tours featuring stops in the good ol’ Windy City. With the help of this map, readers can see where some of their favorite acts might perform this summer.

It’s clear through the map that a vast majority of the city’s most popular venues, like The Vic, Metro and Concord Music Hall, are located on the north side of the city in neighborhoods like Lake View, Lincoln Park and Logan Square.

This summer, music lovers can explore one of the city’s newest venues, The Salt Shed, which is housed in the old Morton Salt Factory in Lincoln Park. The venue is hosting an outdoor summer concert series dubbed “Summer Shows Outside the Shed,” featuring performances by artists like Courtney Barnett, Fleet Foxes, Lord Huron and more.

Although this map doesn’t include non-music exclusive spaces, concertgoers should also look out for events hosted at places like Soldier FieldUnited Center and Wrigley Field for major artists passing through like Lady Gaga, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and more.

The map also doesn’t include spaces where the city’s major music festivals are held like Douglass Park’s Riot Fest and Grant Park’s Lollapalooza, which are set to feature headliners like Metallica, Doja Cat, Misfits and Bad Religion. — Caroline Fisher

Where Are the Best Music Festivals?

As a massive city with diverse tastes, Chicago is hosting a large amount of festivals this summer. The festivals feature food, art, literature, and music. Music is especially popular during Chicago summers due to the city’s spacious outdoor venues, dazzling skyline, and dynamic talent (both local and national).

Because many festivals took a break during the pandemic, Chicagoans and tourists are keen to return to the music scene this year. This map includes a compilation of music festivals happening this summer in the city. For inclusion, the festival must self-identify as a music festival and take place in Chicago during June, July or August of 2022.

The festivals are spread around the city and feature a wide variety of musical genres, such as classical, house, and blues to name a few. Prices range from free (usually mentioning a suggested donation) to hundreds of dollars, meaning live music is available for anyone’s budget. — Madeline Pimlott

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