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June 1, 2023

5 of the Biggest Concerts Coming to Chicago This Summer

Chicago has long been a big name in the music world, from Broadway shows to pop concerts. The summer is an especially impressive time for music fans, with concerts and traditions that span back years. Both locals and tourists alike love the experience that an in-person concert can provide, and there is no better backdrop than the breathtaking city of Chicago. This summer, here are 5 of the biggest concerts that you won’t want to miss.

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour

Taylor Swift is kicking off the summer concerts in Chicago this year with her Eras Tour. Featuring songs from all 10 of her albums, fans are flocking to the stadiums she’s been selling out this year. From her debut album to Midnights, there are songs for every age of fan in the city. In Chicago for three nights this June, Taylor Swift will be performing at Soldier Field. While tickets are sold out for all of the shows (June 2nd, 3rd, and 4th), you can still enjoy her music from the parking lot and areas around the venue where “Swifties” have been seen at other shows trading friendship bracelets and singing along to her classic discography. Whether or not you are able to attend the concert, it’s sure to be an enchanting time to be in the Windy City, surrounded by fans sporting looks from each of her eras.

Windy City Smokeout

From July 13th-16th, country fans can enjoy 4 days of wild times and good food. The Windy City Smokeout is a tradition that has been around since 2013 and celebrates BBQ and southern charm. 4-day passes are already sold out for this country concert, but you can still purchase a single day pass and enjoy a day in your cowboy boots. Featuring Zach Bryan, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, and more, it’s sure to be a good time. Of course the Smokeout wouldn’t be complete without BBQ and beer, which is why it’s attended by the world’s best pitmasters. Coming from all over the US and from right in Chicago, the catering is every carnivore's dream. Beer connoisseurs can enjoy a cold one from breweries from all across the country and from local vendors.

Beyoncé Renaissance 2023 World Tour

Queen B herself will be in Chi-town this July at Soldier Field. As a stop on her Renaissance 2023 World Tour, Beyoncé will be performing both July 22nd and 23rd. If her 28 Grammys don’t impress you enough, her concert will be full of sparkling gems and adoring fans. Her Renaissance album has been topping the charts in preparation for her first tour since 2018, and fans are excited to sell out the venue, so act fast to reserve your spot for a magical summer.


If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop to see all your favorite artists, Lollapalooza is one of the best festivals there is. Featuring artists from all different genres, you’re sure to find a few performances you’ll love this year. From Lana Del Rey and Odesza to Billie Eilish and Kendrick Lamar, you can wear your festival apparel and fit right in. From August 3rd to 6th, there are plenty of opportunities to plan your visit around your favorite artists. Besides the music, attendees can also purchase tickets for exclusive lounges and other VIP experiences. Fresh food from the Chicago area is always available, so locals and tourists alike can enjoy various vendors featuring festival food. Tees, hats, and other accessories are also available for purchase, so you can bring the one-of-a-kind experience home with you.

Madonna Celebration Tour

Wrapping up the summer by celebrating 4 decades of iconic music, Madonna will be visiting Chicago for a one night only show. Madonna is the best-selling female solo touring artist of all time, and she's back to prove it once again. She announced the tour through a music video released a few months ago featuring big names such as Jack Black, Amy Schumer, and Diplo. The show will feature music from the past 40 years and will include a special nod to New York City, where her career began. Bob the Drag Queen will be joining Madonna at the United Center for a show full of nostalgia.

Music lovers can’t get enough of Chicago

Listening to your favorite artists in the heart of the Chicago skyline never gets old. Some fans make Chicago concerts their summer tradition, making sure to snag tickets ahead of time and planning a whole trip around the show. If you’re looking to make your visit to the Windy City unlike any other trip, consider booking a room at a boutique hotel in the heart of the city. Not only is it a great location for you to arrive at your concert, but it provides both rest and entertainment close to many of these concerts and festivals.To experience Hotel EMC2 for yourself this summer and make your concert trip one to remember, click here.

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