Chicagoland offers winning concert roster

2013-05-24T00:00:00Z 2013-05-24T14:07:08Z Chicagoland offers winning concert rosterTim Shellberg Times Correspondent
May 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

From the Rolling Stones to Taylor Swift to Beyonce, many a household name is making their way to venues throughout the country this summer, with Chicago stops on their schedule.

Additionally, music fans from throughout the country will make their way to the Windy City for a pair of annual high-profile festivals, Lollapallooza and Pitchfork Music Festival.

Yet one of the most publicized tours of the summer has made waves as much for its ticket price as well as its lineup.

Last month, Kid Rock announced a summer trek along with ZZ Top, which will play at sheds and stadiums throughout the country. The cost of admission for his 29-date tour, which includes an Aug. 30 stop at Tinley Park’s First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, starts and ends at $20.

While one would be hard-pressed to find as much musical bang for their buck as Rock and ZZ Top, there are plenty of options for summer concert fans to choose from this season. Listed below are a few shows of note making their way to Chicagoland venues this summer.

Taxes and fees may not be included in all of the ticket prices below. All shows are all ages unless otherwise noted.

Classic Favorites

While keeping the festivities indoors, The Rolling Stones are celebrating their golden anniversary with a brief stateside tour, which includes a trio of shows at Chicago’s United Center, 1901 Madison Ave., May 28 and 31 and June 3. Their ticket prices are also the highest of the summer season and, in all likelihood the year. The only available tickets for the shows boast prices between $450 and nearly $625.

Classic rock favorites making their way to Tinley Park’s First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (19100 S. Ridgeland Ave) this summer include newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Rush (7:30 p.m., June 28, $69-$157), and Black Sabbath, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 ($29.50 - $143.50). A little farther up the road, Bridgeview’s Toyota Park will host the “Americanarama Festival,” headlined by Bob Dylan and includes Wilco and My Morning Jacket (5:30 p.m. July 12, $77).

Chicago’s Charter One Pavilion (1300 S. Lynn White Dr.) is slated to turn into “Margaritaville” June 29, when Jimmy Buffett performs June 29 (8 p.m., $49.13 - $158.05). The venue is also slated to host more recent classic rock mainstay package shows by the likes of Counting Crows and Wallflowers (7 p.m. July 7, $41.53 - $172.05), Barenaked Ladies and Ben Folds Five (7:30 p.m. July 9, $40.53 - $227.80) and a three-night stand by jam band faves Phish (7 p.m. July 19-21, $58.13-$74.70)

FYI: (312) 455-4500, UNITEDCENTER.COM (United Center), (708) 614-1616, LIVENATION.COM (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre), (708) 594-7700, TOYOTAPARk.COM (Toyota Park), (312) 540-2668, LIVENATION.COM (Charter One Pavilion)

Nashville Stars

For nearly a half decade now, Taylor Swift has reigned supreme as country music’s brightest superstar. Her most recent set, last year’s “Red,” was one of the best-selling albums released last year and remains a hot seller this year. She is scheduled to perform at Chicago’s Soldier Field (1410 Museum Campus Dr.) at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10 ($74.32 - $115.21).

Swift, however, is hardly Nashville’s lone superstar hitting the sheds this summer; today finds Tim McGraw holding court at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (7 p.m., $40.75-$84.70) with Luke Bryan following June 15 (7 p.m., $67.25) Toby Keith on June 30, (7 p.m. $31.25-$105.70) and Blake Shelton Aug. 3 (7:30 p.m., $38.25-$73).

FYI: (847) 615-2327, TICKETMASTER.COM (Soldier Field)

Today’s Pop Faves

While rumors of a pregnancy are circulating, at press time, Beyonce’s current tour includes a stop at United Center on July 17 (8 p.m., $55.71 - $265.23). The UC is also hosting Justin Bieber July 9 for whom, at press time, limited tickets remain available (7 p.m. $55.71-$109.97).

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre is arguably the go-to venue this summer to catch recent day pop stars live. Their lineup this summer thus far includes hitmakers such as Pitbull and Ke$sha, who are scheduled to hit the boards there together June 9 (7 p.m., $39-$138.50), One Direction (7:30 p.m. June 13-14, $51.85-$106.20), Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky July 30 (6 p.m., $32 - $89.70), Big Time Rush Aug. 4 (7 p.m., sold out) and Li’l Wayne with T.I. Aug. 10 (7 p.m., $38.75-$116.55).

Annual Traditions

It’s not uncommon for tickets for Lollapalooa to sell out before the first act hits the stage, but this year, the annual multi-day festival sold all tickets within hours of going on sale last month. Scheduled for Aug. 2-4 at Grant Park, this year’s extravaganza includes performances by The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, The Killers and Mumford & Sons, to name just a few.

The hottest tickets in the region will be for the annual Pitchfork Music Festival July 19-21. Boasting a lineup that includes alt rock icons Bjork and The Breeders, Belle and Sebastian and Wire, tickets are available, at press time, for all three days of the festival, which is being held at Chicago’s Union Park ( 4 p.m. July 19, 1 p.m. July 20-21, $50).

Much debate ensued last year, when Taste of Chicago began charging admission for seating in the Petrillo Music Shell at Grant Park. This year, however, the $25 ticket price may be a lot easier for music fans to swallow given its lineup, which includes fun. (5:30 p.m. July 10), Robin Thicke (5:30 p.m. July 11), Robert Plant (5:30 p.m. July 12) and Jill Scott (5:50 p.m. July 13).

Admission on the lawn during the Taste concerts remains free.

FYI: LOLLAPALOOZA.COM (Lollapalooza), PITCHFORKMUSICFESTIVAL.COM (Pitchfork Music Festival), (312) 744-3315, TICKETWEB.COM (Taste of Chicago)

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