If you hadn’t noticed, summer has completely and totally arrived to the third coast. And spoiled kids that we are, the city is yet again throwing us a series of free Monday concerts downtown at the magical picnic-place marvel that is the hairnet, er, Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Cut out of work early, bring your good flask and your bad wine, and set up a picnic blanket for this summer’s fine lineup.
As much as it’s known for its food, its sports teams, its politics and its skyline, Chicago’s rich musical heritage should top any list of treasures that make the city great. As the birthplace of “Chicago-style” blues to a hotbed for the ‘90s alternative rock scene, the Windy City has been home to some of the most important and influential artists in modern music.