With only one big summer music festival left (see: Riot Fest), it’s time to get out of the parks and back into the clubs. There’s a bunch of killer music coming through Chicago to take you from summer and ease you into fall. Whether you want a small indie rock show at the Empty Bottle or Schubas or a big EDM dance party at the Congress, you can see live music nearly every night if you wanted to. Here, to make your choices easier, our picks for what to see.
- Indie stalwarts Guided By Voices land at Metro Sept. 3
- Folksy violin-playing singer Andrew Bird hits Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion Sept. 7.
- Jenny Lewis, joined by the Watson Twins, celebrates the 10th anniversary of her solo debut, Rabbit Fur Coat, at Chicago Theater Sept 8.
- Yo La Tengo revisits its 30-year career at Old Town School of Folk Music on Sept. 9
- Some of Americana’s best acts, like Robbie Fulks, Eleventh Dream Day and Jon Langford, perform at the Hideout’s all-day 20th anniversary reunion party on Sept. 10.
- Laid-back British electronic producer Gold Panda hits Lincoln Hall on Sept. 16
- Whether it’s prog, glam or ’70s arena rock-influenced, you know you’re always getting a spectacle when Of Montreal shows up at Metro on Sept. 19.
- Proving he’s one of the best things to come out of Chicago, Chance the Rapper will gather an A-list of music acts — John Legend, Alicia Keys, Skrillex, Lil Wayne and more — when his Magnificent Coloring Day takes place at U.S. Cellular Field on Sept. 24.