The “Chicagoland” Metropolitan area is home to ten million people. The city itself has the third largest population in the US and is one of the most visited cities in the country. With that much activity, it’s no surprise that Chicago is a major destination for touring concerts. Chicago is also the home of major music festivals like Lollapalooza, Riot Fest, Pitchfork Music Festival, and the Chicago Blues Festival.
The United Center is the home arena for the NBA’s Chicago Bulls and the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, and it’s the city’s premiere arena for major artists on tour. The stadium opened in 1994, replacing the old Chicago Stadium. In terms of size, it is the largest indoor arena in the US, and it has a capacity of over 23,000 for concerts. The building’s acoustics are designed to amplify the noise-level. In the past, the United Center has hosted artists like Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, and U2. More recent and upcoming performers include Bruno Mars, Queen + Adam Lambert, Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry, Guns N’ Roses, and Shakira. Most fans say that even the 300 level seats feel close enough to the show.
Chicago is also bursting with smaller venues, many of which have a rich history in the local music scene. There are venues like the Aragon Ballroom, which fits 5000 fans and has seen concerts from Metallica and Green Day in the past and was the site of Nirvana’s last concert in Chicago. The venue has been around since 1926 and was a popular place for traditional ballroom dancing until a fire in the late 1950s. In more recent history, the Ballroom has hosted concerts from Yellow Claw with GTA and Los Temerarios with Ramon Ayala.
Some of Chicago’s other major concert spots include Concord Music Hall, the Bottom Lounge, Allstate Arena, Metro Chicago, and The Empty Bottle.
What’s the best place to see a concert in Chicago?The Empty Bottle, located near West Town and The Ukrainian Village, is a highly-rated venue and a local staple. It has frequent shows and cheap drinks.
What are some concerts in Chicago this weekend?Scroll up to the “Events this Weekend” to see listings for artists playing in Chicago this weekend.
TipsIf you’re attending a show at the United Center, many fans actually recommend driving and paying the fee for parking. Public transportation is a viable option, can be busy. You can also hail a cab, but thousands of other fans will be trying to do the same thing.
How much do concert tickets cost in Chicago?
Charlotte is one of the top concert destinations in the country, with a wide variety of venues and performances. Fans of all types are able to find a price point they’re comfortable with. For a look at ticket prices for upcoming concerts, scroll to the top of the page and see events today, this weekend, and this week.