The Best Concerts Coming to Chicago This Spring 

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March 15, 2022 10:00 am
John Mayer, Justin Bieber and Lorde are all coming to Chicago in spring 2022. We rounded up our favorite concerts of the season.
John Mayer, Justin Bieber and Lorde are all coming to town this spring.
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It’s time to ditch your North Face puffer, peel yourself out from under your layers of blankets, and get ready to enjoy living in the best city in the world again. (At least until we get our inevitable “late spring blizzard.”)

Here are our top picks for concerts you won’t want to miss.  

The Eagles at United Center, March 19

Because “Hotel California” will get stuck in your head whether you go to the show or not

Animal Collective at the Vic Theater, March 20

Because you don’t have to be able to describe their music to know it’s great

Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Jurassic Park in Concert, March 25 and March 27

Because it still counts as going to the symphony, even if you’re watching Jeff Goldblum on the big screen while doing it

Bright Eyes at The Chicago Theater, March 26

Because, deep down, you’ve still got some high school feelings to sort through

Jazmine Sullivan at House of Blues, March 30

Because her voice is somehow even better in person

The Avett Brothers at The Chicago Theater, March 31, April 1 and April 2

Because you know you’re going to want to go all three nights

Lido Pimienta at the Empty Bottle, March 30 and March 31

Because you’re going to be able to say, “I saw her in concert before she got huge” 

Candlelight: A Tribute to ABBA at the Stan Mansion, March 31, April 20 and May 25

Because ABBA. By a string quartet. At a mansion. By candlelight

Todrick Hall at House of Blues, April 3

Because 3.6 million YouTube subscribers can’t be wrong

Girl Talk at Metro, April 5

Because why pick just one song when you can hear all of them mashed together?

The Flaming Lips at Riviera Theater, April 6

Because you truly never know what’s going to happen at a Flaming Lips show, but you won’t want to miss it

An Evening of Soul with Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight and Friends at Wintrust Arena, April 8

Because you’ll get to see two legends in concert for the price of one.

Jack White at Credit Union 1 Arena at UIC, April 12

Because you mastered his songs in Guitar Hero, now see them played the right way

Olivia Rodrigo at Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, April 15 and April 16

Because next time she’s in Chicago, she’ll be playing a venue 4x as big

Lorde at The Chicago Theater, April 22

Because “Happy Lorde” is the vibe we all want this spring

Wilco at Auditorium Theater, April 22

Because the Marina Towers will always be the Wilco Towers to you

John Mayer at United Center, April 28

Because he has 20 Top 100 hits — and you want to hear them all in person

Charli XCX at Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, April 29

Because we’re finally able to dance around in a room packed with sweaty people again

Lala Lala, Elton Aura and Forest Management at the Garfield Park Conservatory, May 1

Because you can’t post an Instagram picture of another night on your couch watching Netfix — but you absolutely can of seeing rising talent at the Garfield Park Conservatory 

Weezer at Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, May 3

Because they had you at “Weezer featuring a Portillos’ Cheese Fountain”

Justin Bieber at United Center, May 9 and May 10

Because, admit it, you’ve been a fan since “Baby” 

Michael Bolton at Arcadia Theater, May 11

Because it turns out your mom actually has pretty good taste in music 

The Temptations at Horseshoe Casino, May 14

Because you can see one of the most legendary bands on earth perform — and then hit the slot machine jackpot after.

Simple Plan with Sum 41 at Radius, May 15

Because you’ve been looking for an opportunity to break out your Hot Topic terry cloth wristbands again 

The Mountain Goats at Thalia Hall, May 18

Because it’s one of the best bands at one of the most beautiful venues in the city

Kurt Vile at Thalia Hall, May 27

Because the only thing cooler than going to a Kurt Vile show is getting to tell everyone, “Sorry, I’m busy this weekend, I’m going to a Kurt Vile show” 

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