Fall concert Guide

By Michael Malaychuk

If the end of summer weather and endless live music has you down, don’t panic. There’s plenty of great concerts in the Chicagoland area to choose from over the next three months.


If strong vocals are more up your alley, “Habits” vocalist Tove Lo is coming to the Vic Theater, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., in Chicago, on Sunday. English duo Disclosure will perform on Oct. 15 at Navy Pier, bringing popular house DJ Claude von Stroke along with them.

If you’re into rap and hip-hop, the WGCI Big Jam is the highlight of this upcoming winter. Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Future and Fetty Wap, among other acts, the Oct. 25 concert at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., in Chicago, is bringing some of the best and most popular rappers of today.

If you’re not looking to travel to Chicago and pay top dollar for tickets, you’re in luck, as the NIU Convocation Center will bring Rich Homie Quan and Hoodie Allen on Oct. 23. Country music group Little Big Town will perform there Oct. 29. Tickets to both events are available on Ticketmaster and at the Convo’s box office.

October is a great month for live music, ending with Freaky Deaky, a brand new three-day festival that starts Oct. 30 at Toyota Park, 7000 Harlem Ave., in Bridgeview. The festival brings popular electronic acts, like Bassnectar and Pretty Lights, as well several rappers, like Vic Mensa and Joey Bada$$.


The Weeknd will perform Nov. 6 at the United Center, following the R&B star’s impressive performance in August headlining day one of Lollapalooza.

Odesza will play two shows Nov. 21 at Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., in Chicago,, ensuring all fans will have an opportunity to see the Seattle-based electronic group.

Country music fans will want to catch Luke Bryan, who will play back-to-back shows Nov. 28 and 29 at the United Center.


The annual B96 Jingle Bash returns Dec. 12 at Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, in Rosemont. Catch Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo, Kygo and more radio-friendly artists there.

This year will go out with a bang at Reaction NYE, a two-day New Year’s Eve party which will bring Deadmau5, Skrillex, Chance the Rapper and Cherub, among other artists. The location of this event has not yet been released.