Looking to refresh your music playlist? Make the most of your short Midwestern summer and check out these up-and-coming musicians, home-grown in the heartland.
Great food, including food trucks, is reason enough for most to attend the Taste of Chicago (going July 10 – 14). BUT, if you need more convincing, here’s a list of bands playing over the next few days.
All bands have to have their first show somewhere. That venue will probably be a living room, a basement, or a “co-operative event space/art incubator/creativity collective,” which is really just to say some industrial-sized living room. And these venues are fine and dandy and a lot of fun! But should you tire of playing The Spork Fort and Loveship Factory, there are real-life, honest to God licensed venues out there…
With its beat bartop and barstools, and chairs that look like they came from a thrift shop, Hungry Brain looks like a dive. But in the good kind of way. If it looks worn down, it’s because it’s been well loved…
When you feel like casually catching some live music on the fly, but didn’t snag tickets to a show in advance, finding last-minute music plans can be tricky. Luckily, many of Chicago’s friendliest bars and coziest pubs book a diverse range of local and national acts to play during the week – often with no cover charge.
The range of music genres alive in Chicago is vast and this list is meant to be a quick scan of the cream of the crop from varied genres.