14 Can’t Miss Chicago Concerts in October: Ed Sheeran, Sting & Shaggy, Elton John, Nine Inch Nails & More


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Summer has come and gone but that doesn’t mean you have to put your live music fix on hold, as the Windy City will host a number of amazing concerts this fall.

From Elton John’s farewell tour, to the awesome due of Sting & Shaggy and of course a massive stadium show with Ed Sheeran, there are plenty of concerts that you won’t want to miss in October.

Check out our list of the 14 can’t miss concerts in Chicago this month!

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Ed Sheeran w/ Snow Patrol & Lauv @ Soldier Field (October 4th)

Ed Sheeran is bringing one of the biggest shows of the entire year to Chicago this month with his headlining ÷ Tour. This is one you’ll want to get to early too, as Irish alt-rock band Snow Patrol and emerging ‘I Like Me Better’ artist Lauv will join Ed for his Chicago date. Sheeran has moved his tour from arenas to stadiums, so this will be his biggest Chicago show to date, and needless to say you won’t want to miss out. Check out the remaining tickets now on Ticketmaster.com.

Justin Timberlake @ United Center (October 5th)

Justin Timberlake already blessed the Windy City with two shows at the United Center earlier this year, but Chicago hasn’t had enough of him so the ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ pop star is returning to the historic venue for a third visit. Whether you attended the last performances or you haven’t had the opportunity yet, you won’t want to miss the chance to hear Timberlake perform cuts from his new LP and of course his huge catalog of hits. Get your tickets for the Man of the Woods Tour here.

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Sting & Shaggy @ Aragon Ballroom (October 2nd)

Name a better duo touring right now than Sting and Shaggy, I’ll wait… Although the two teaming up may seem unlikely to some, with The Police’s reggae influences, Shaggy couldn’t compliment Sting any better. Dubbed The 44/876 Tour, after their new collaborative album, you won’t want to miss this show, at one of the city’s most beautiful venues, the Aragon Ballroom. Get your tickets for tomorrow’s show at Ticketmaster.com.

J Balvin @ Allstate Arena (October 12th)

Colombian reggaton singer J Balvin is one of the biggest names in the entire world right now. With recent collabs with Beyonce and Cardi B, Balvin has dominated pop radio this past year and he is showing no signs of stopping. So you can bet that he’ll deliver all the hits when he pays a visit to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, as part of his headlining Vibras Tour on October 12th. Get your tickets for the performance here!

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Elton John @ United Center (October 26th & 27th)

Elton John is currently on his enormous farewell tour, and lucky for Chicago, fans will have plenty of chances to see Sir Elton for their final time. Before returning to the Windy City’s Allstate Arena, Elton John will first say goodbye to Chicago with two shows at the United Center, on October 26th and 27th. Get your verified resale tickets to the sold-out Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road here.

Fleetwood Mac @ United Center (October 6th)

Cancel your plans on October 6th and spend An Evening with Fleetwood Mac. After opening the tour this week in Tulsa, the band will make their second tour stop at the United Center this weekend. It’s unclear whether this will be a true farewell tour, but you won’t want to risk it, so be sure to see the British-American icons live while you have the chance. Get your tickets now on Ticketmaster.com.

Foo Fighters @ Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee (October 17th)

We’re breaking the rules a little for this one, but it’s well worth it! If you saw the Foo Fighters are Wrigley this summer, then you know why, so get in the car and drive 90 miles north to catch the Foo Fighters bring their acclaimed Concrete And Gold Tour to Milwaukee’s brand new Fiserv Forum. Tickets are still available but will surely sell out, so get them while you still can here.

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Eagles @ United Center (October 15th)

The Eagles paid a visit to the United Center this past March and are already returning for another Chicago tour stop, this month on October 15th. Led by Don Henley and Joe Walsh, these rock legends put on a very special performance that you can’t miss! Come see all the hits and get your tickets now.

Christina Aguilera @ Chicago Theatre (October 16th & 17th)

Get nostalgic by joining pop icon Christina Aguilera for two nights at the historic Chicago Theatre, on October 16th and 17th. As part of her headlining The Liberation Tour, her first tour in a decade, these performances will surely be a couple nights to remember. Get your tickets for the anticipated performance at LiveNation.com and enjoy her hit singles from the past as well as cuts from her new album.

Florence and the Machine @ United Center (October 19th)

No one sings across the stage with more grace than Florence Welch, frontwoman of Florence and the Machine. The band’s High As Hope Tour is invading Chicago on October 19th at the United Center, and if you haven’t seen the band live in person, this year if finally your year. Lucky for you, tickets are still available for their Chicago date, so get them here while you still can! Remaining tickets start at just $59.

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Twenty One Pilots @ United Center (October 17th)

No one crosses over between pop, rock and hip-hop like the Twenty One Pilots. These Ohio natives are representing the Midwest proudly, and you won’t be disappointed if you catch their Bandito Tour live and in person on October 17th. The duo will certainly test the foundation and show off their infinite levels of energy at the United Center, while putting on a show that fans won’t soon forget. So get your tickets now at Ticketmaster.com.

Metallica @ Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee (October 16th)

Breaking our rule one more time, we recommend you take the drive up I-94 to Milwaukee to catch Metallica’s performance at the new Fiserv Forum. Metallica blew fans away at Soldier Field in 2017, so you can relive that night in a more intimate setting, while checking out the band’s awesome new set design. As part of their mega WorldWired Tour, Metallica’s Milwaukee performance is one that Wisconsin and Illinois residents alike will not want to miss out on. Only single seats remain but you can still purchase verified resale tickets at Ticketmaster’s official website.

Phil Collins @ United Center (October 22nd)

The United Center is staying very busy this month! Not only do the Blackhawks and Bulls kick off their seasons this month, but the venue is hosting a huge lineup of concerts. One more of those concerts is with the legendary Phil Collins on October 22nd. Reminding fans that he is still alive and kicking, Collins is bringing his Not Dead Yet Tour to the Second City for a surely amazing evening. Get your verified resale tickets for the sold-out performance here.

Nine Inch Nails @ Aragon Ballroom (October 25-27th)

Last but not least, the Nine Inch Nails are bringing three very special and intimate performances to Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom for their Cold And Black And Infinite Tour. This mini-residency will kick off on October 25th and will end on the 27th. All three shows are already sold out, but you can visit the band’s official website for more tour dates and ticket information.


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