When people think of the winter holiday season, one of the first things that may come to mind is music. But Alvin and the Chipmunks and Mariah Carey aren’t the only artists worth listening to once December rolls around. Here’s five concerts happening in Chicago over winter break that may be enticing enough to brave the cold.
The Hush Sound: Dec. 22 at Thalia Hall (1807 S. Allport St.)
The Chicago-based indie pop quartet The Hush Sound are playing at Thalia Hall Dec. 22. Join them as they fill the small venue with fog and their unique indie pop sound. Despite being a Chicago-based band, some city dwellers may not have heard of them — after attending this concert, they’ll wish they’d known the group sooner.
Tickets can be purchased starting from $20 at Ticketweb.com.
Real Friends and Knuckle Puck: Dec. 29-30 at The Metro (3730 N. Clark St.)
Steps away from Wrigley Field sits this understated but iconic Chicago music venue, The Metro. It’s the perfect intimate setting to enjoy two of today’s most well-known pop punk bands: Real Friends and Knuckle Puck. Originally from the southern suburbs of Chicago, both bands have come into their own as staples of the alternative music scene. They make the perfect headliner pairing, and this post-Christmas show is sure to be one to remember.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $26 at Etix.com. Tickets sold at the venue the day of the concert will be $30.
Steve Earle: Jan. 8 at City Winery (1200 W. Randolph St.)
Yes, a country artist made it onto this list. But don’t scoff yet — Steve Earle has more to offer than his southern twang. Earle has amassed a decent following in Chicago, and while he may be from a different era than today’s most popular artists, his bluesy country sound will enthrall even the biggest Harry Styles fan. Enjoy some good music and a glass of wine (if you’re over 21) to kick off the New Year.
Tickets can be purchased starting from $50 at CityWinery.com.
Lana Del Rey: Jan. 11 at United Center (1901 W. Madison St.)
In support of her latest album, “Lust for Life,” Lana Del Rey will make a stop in Chicago on her “L.A. to the Moon” tour Jan. 11. She may look and sound like a performer in an old Hollywood film, but her music has resonated with millennial audiences. Expect to hear Del Rey’s haunting music, melancholy lyrics and earnest vocals fill the massive United Center with ease.
Tickets can be purchased starting from $39 at Ticketmaster.com.
The Killers: Jan. 16 at United Center
The Killers headlined at Lollapalooza this past summer and are returning for a winter show at the United Center — which should be much less muddy than the outdoor fest. The band released its fifth studio album, “Wonderful Wonderful,” Sept. 22 and are still taking the music industry by storm 16 years after its formation. Hearing the Las Vegas-based band’s iconic 2004 single “Mr. Brightside” live should be on most ‘90s kids’ bucket lists, and there’s no better place to cross it off than in Chicago.
Tickets can be purchased starting from $49 at Ticketmaster.com.
With so many choices for live music entertainment during winter break 2018, it should be easy to avoid the typical boredom that comes with five weeks off school. Ticket prices are subject to change.