Alt-rockers 3 Doors Down rose to international fame in 2000 with their first single, “Kryptonite,” which asked “If I go crazy, will you still call me Superman?” With a smooth rock sound that fit right into the post-grunge music scene, 3 Doors Down quickly went from small venues in the deep South to the stage at CBGB and all over radio. They’re now back on the road, jamming the big hits, along with lesser-known fan favorites, live in concert. See them at the Ravinia Pavilion with Collective Soul, the Georgia rockers who burst onto the international music scene in 1993 with their rock anthem “Shine.”
Some of the top alt-pop-rockers of the ’90s have ventured back on the road for the Under the Sun tour, the blockbuster concert event Entertainment Weekly called “the coolest tour of the summer!” Heading up this annual party, now in its third year, is Sugar Ray. Fronted by charismatic singer Mark McGrath, the band’s sold nearly 10 million discs with their signature blend of rock, pop, hip-hop and reggae. Among their smash singles are “Fly,” “Every Morning” and “When It’s Over.” Country-rocker Uncle Kracker charted with upbeat singles “Follow Me,” “Nobody’s Sad on a Saturday Night” and “Drift Away,” while Better Than Ezra earned alt-rock god status with hits like “Good” and “Desperately Wanting.” Rounding out the all-star lineup is Eve 6, the SoCal rockers who broke onto the scene in 1998 with the No. 1 Billboard hit “Inside Out.” Relive an entire era of music over one amazing night at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park.
New events added to the Goldstar Comp Train today, where you can get tickets as low as free! (+ service fees)
See the Chicago Sky, attend Lobster Fest, go to Nature on Tap at the Notebaert Nature Museum, and much more.
Take in some summer events while there’s still time! Everything on the Goldstar Comp Train starts as low as free (+ service fees), so a great chance to explore new things to do in Chicago or your own local area this summer.
This looks like a rollicking show! Pick up tickets to Rock Baby Rock! (with the stars of Million Dollar Quartet) at Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago starting at just $5.00 + service fees.
Inspired by Jerry Lee Lewis, Lance Lipinsky’s piano-pounding, pompadour-bopping style is so spot-on, even Lewis himself gave Lipinsky his blessing. After stealing the show in the Broadway hit Million Dollar Quartet, this dynamic young performer is touring on his own, backed by his rollicking band the Lovers. Let them take you on a turbo-charged tour of the early days of rock ‘n’ roll in Rock Baby Rock! Hear the biggest hits of the biggest artists from rock’s first years performed the way they were intended: brimming with the authenticity and energy of pop music’s most exciting era. The Lovettes, a tribute to the “girl groups” of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, join the Lovers (natch) during this sure-to-be-memorable show at the Hard Rock Cafe.
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Get extra savings on discount tickets to everything from Disney on Ice to the White Sox! I looked up tickets to The Who (coming to the United Center in October!) and they were definitely cheaper here than on TicketMaster.
Eat, drink and be merry whilst roaming among the jousting knights, regal ladies, saucy wenches and royal overseers of the famed Bristol Renaissance Faire, returning for its 28th season of fun and games just outside of Chicago. Hundreds of performers dressed in Elizabethan costumes create a magical world of music and excitement, with games, rides and 20 stages of entertainment options ranging from knife throwers to improv troupes. More than 150 artisans will also be exhibiting and selling their original hand-crafted items, including hand-blown glass creations, pottery, authentic clothing and weaponry. All the frolicking and cavorting can leave one in need of refreshment, though fear not — there are dozens of food and drink options available for purchase, including the signature giant turkey leg and the ice-cold sassafras. Kids are very welcome, and any little ones under the age of 4 can attend for free.
The inimitable Sandra Bernhard comes to City Winery Chicago with her all new show Sandra Bernhard Is #blessed. This fiery one-woman show spotlights her unique, sharp blend of hysterical insight and outspoken views, amped up with some rock ‘n’ roll, cabaret and a little burlesque. Also hitting the stage is Bernhard’s band, The Flawless Zircons, who’ve performed with her at sold-out venues in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. Ranging from family to pop culture to politics, no topic escapes Bernhard’s whip-smart, no-holds-barred observations in #blessed.
See Yes and Toto at Northerly Island starting at just $19 + service fees. (You’d think they’d look a little happier about it… 😉 )
Catch two iconic rock bands in one concert under the stars at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. With a dozen gold or platinum albums, a Grammy Award and seven Grammy nominations, progressive rock band Yes have been together for over 45 years. Songs like “Roundabout,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Long Distance Runaround” and the chart-topping “Owner of a Lonely Heart” are still hits on classic rock radio. Toto have been at it since the late ’70s, selling over 35 million albums with songs including “Rosanna,” “Africa” and “Hold the Line.” The six-time Grammy-winning group continues to tour and record, as well as pop up on shows like South Park and Family Guy.
Shake up your happy-hour routine with this Tuesday night cocktail party aboard the lovely AfterWorkCruises yacht, sailing from Chicago’s famed Navy Pier. Enjoy live DJ tunes, dancing and the fully-stocked cash bars on the yacht’s two interior decks as you take in panoramic sunset views of the city’s world-famous skyline throughout the two-hour cruise. This fun, leisurely sail around Lake Michigan is a great way to unwind, kick back and mingle with old friends and new.