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The 9 Best Concerts in Chicago This December

By Urbanmatter Chicago @UMatterChicago


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December 1 @ House of Blues

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Middle of Nowhere, the former teen heartthrobs of the ’90s who brought the phrase “MMMBop” into our vernacular are reviving their hits on a nationwide tour for old and young fans alike. For any readers born after the mid-’90s – if you’re wondering what exactly an “mmmbop” is, just click below. Yes, this was actually a thing. And we loved it.

Listen: MMMBop


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December 3-5 @ The Chicago Theatre

We’d go out on a limb to guess that none have been able to so successfully bring a cappella into the mainstream as Pentatonix, the former Youtube sensations who’ve gone on to win multiple awards covering pop classics with their signature brand of angelic harmony. We can only imagine what it’s like to see them live – and luckily they’ll be here for three whole nights. Just in time to perform their Christmas renditions.

Listen: Silent Night


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December 5 @ United Center

Other than the approximate time you start prematurely packing up your things to leave the office, 4:44 is  also the album that put seasoned rapper Jay-Z into today’s circuit of socially-conscious rap, taking a more introspective turn compared to some of his former albums. With a full North American tour to back it up, Hova shows that he’s still going strong, and an arena-worthy performance at the United Center is only fitting for the hip-hop legend. 

Listen: The Story of O.J.

Kodak Black

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December 7 @ Portage Theatre

South Florida’s young rap god listed in last year’s XXL Freshman Class hits the Windy City with his viral mixtape tracks and, most recently, his debut studio album, Painting Pictures. Aside from having a penchant for trouble (what groundbreakers don’t?), Kodak’s Soundcloud-era fusion of heavy 808’s, half-mumbled verses and angsty, borderline emo vocal accompaniments, coupled with his bare-it-all presence on social media has made him a surefire Gen Z icon.

Listen: Roll in Peace (feat. XXXTentacion)

Com Truise

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December 8 @ The Mid

If you thought it was America’s token raving scientologist, it’s okay if you had to do a double-take. ’80s-inspired synthwave is this DJ’s specialty – perfect for anyone who’s still wishing they hadn’t binged Stranger Things 2 in one night. Bummed that he got rained out at this summer’s Wicker Park Fest? Here’s your chance to lounge out and enjoy the nostalgic space voyage you’ve always wanted to take.

Listen: Galactic Melt


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December 10 @ The Chicago Theatre

Feel like tending to your late ’90s, early ’00s indie rock sensibilities? Spoon will be in town to take care of that. Their most recent, well-received album, Hot Thoughts, is proof that even after ten-plus years, this is a band that can stand the test of time. Also, Real Estate’s opening for them, if you’re into that. (We are).

Listen: Hot Thoughts

Andrew Bird

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December 11-15 @ Fourth Presbyterian Church + The Hideout

The Chicago native and classically trained songwriter and musician brings beloved indie folk tunes to his hometown for not one, but five whole nights. How did we get so lucky? Whether it’s in television, film, or collars with other artists, Andrew Bird’s music undoubtedly permeates the soundscape of our culture, especially in this city. Check out his latest album, Echolocations: River, for a taste of what you’ll see live.

Listen: Three White Horses


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December 27 @ Concord Music Hall

Also a proud native, the popular trap DJ (formerly a pair) hits Chicago for a night of bangers that’ll have you dancing ’til the very end. A major name in the EDM scene, this is definitely the show to attend if you’re fiending for summer festival season.

Listen: Look at the Sky

Twin Peaks

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December 29-31 @ Thalia Hall

Although the days of smoking weed on school grounds with Chance the Rapper are gone, like their fellow high school alum, the current days mean never-ending national tours, festival stops, and rising fame for the guys from Twin Peaks. Their style of garage rock has earned them widespread praise amongst locals and beyond. We’re sure folks will be glad to welcome them home and ring in the New Year with them at Thalia Hall.

Listen: Flavor

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