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Six Chicago Concerts to Catch This Summer

Wikimedia CommonsDave Matthews Band will be performing at Huntington Bank Pavilion this summer.

From Bruno Mars to Green Day, there’s several big-name bands coming to Chicago this summer. With stellar lineups for Pitchfork (July 20-22) and Lollapalooza (Aug. 2-5) included, dozens of top artists who’ll make a stop in Chicago between May and August.

To get a brief taste of what the city’s music scene will look like this upcoming season, here’s The PHOENIX’s six unmissable summer concerts in Chicago.

May 11-12: HAIM at Aragon Ballroom

Comprised of the three Haim sisters, Danielle, Este and Alana, Los Angeles-based pop-rock band HAIM will stop by Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom (1106 W. Lawrence Ave.) for two nights mid-May. The concerts will be near the end of HAIM’s spring world tour, cleverly named “Sister Sister Sister,” promoting its 2017 album “Something To Tell You.” For those looking for a fun night out to watch a unique, critically-acclaimed band play catchy music, these shows fit the bill perfectly.

Tickets are available for purchase at HAIM’s website.

June 15: Jackson Browne at Ravinia

While the 69-year-old singer-songwriter might be too old school for some students, those who appreciate unfiltered musical talent in its finest form are sure to enjoy an evening with Jackson Browne. The legendary artist known for his genius lyrics, earnest singing and political activism through music will be playing at the Ravinia Music Festival (200 Ravinia Park Road) in Highland Park June 15. The acoustic show is part of an unnamed tour on which Browne is revisiting his older music and features a changing setlist, according to With a classy outdoor setting perfect for picnics, all in attendance will no doubt be blown away by Browne’s sheer musical genius.

Tickets are available for purchase at Ravinia’s website.

June 29-30: Dave Matthews Band at Huntington Bank Pavilion

Dave Matthews Band will be coming to Chicago for a two-night show this June at Huntington Bank Pavilion (1300 S. Linn White Drive) at Northerly Island. This legendary folk-rock band will be touring the country this summer in support of its unreleased, unnamed ninth studio album which is predicted to be released sometime this year. Fans of the band can expect old and new music on the setlist for this tour, according to Even for students who aren’t fans, a summer show at Northerly Island is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.

Tickets are available for purchase at Dave Matthews Band’s website.

July 27: Animal Collective at Vic Theatre

Animal Collective, the famously psychedelic pop band from Baltimore, will be bringing its signature experimental music and outrageous stage props to Chicago’s Vic Theatre (3145 N. Sheffield Ave.) July 27. The band is touring, oddly enough, to celebrate its popular 2004 album “Sung Tongs” and will be playing the album from beginning to end throughout the tour. An Animal Collective concert is a unique experience full of synth-poppy tunes and inflatable tentacles, and students looking for a fun show in one of Chicago’s intimate, historic Uptown venues should consider checking it out.

Tickets are available for purchase on

Aug. 13-14: Smashing Pumpkins at United Center

The iconic Chicago rockers Smashing Pumpkins are reuniting for a 30th anniversary tour which will stop at the United Center (1901 W. Madison St.) Aug. 13-14. Original band members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and former Loyola student James Iha are all signed on for the tour, which will feature its greatest hits amid “a set unlike any we’ve ever played,” Corgan told Rolling Stone. This is a once-in-a-lifetime show, which might be the last the band plays in its hometown for years, so students who want a ticket should act quickly.

Tickets are available for purchase on

Aug. 15: Sam Smith at United Center

Suave British crooner Sam Smith is another big name scheduled to perform at the United Center this summer. Touring worldwide in support of his 2017 album “The Thrill of It All,” Smith will stop by the arena Aug. 15 to serenade a large group of his American fans with his impressive vocal range and bittersweet lyrics. The show is sure to be full of both enthusiastic cheering and tearful applause as Smith performs both new material and his biggest hits, and it’s a good show to end the summer before school starts again.

Tickets are available for purchase at Smith’s website.

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