A slew of music acts will soon touch down in Chicago for Lollapalooza (August 1-3). Not into the crowds? We found seven shows to attend outside of Grant Park during festival weekend.
Catch Typhoon next weekend at Lincoln Hall.
These 11 indie rockers from Portland will serenade Lincoln Hall on August 1 (and the Lolla crowds on August 2) with songs like "Summer Home" and "The Honest Truth." 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-525-2501; Buy tickets here
Cage the Elephant
With three albums and eight years under their belt, there's no doubt that the Kentucky-bred rock band can handle the Lolla pressure. Catch them for a warmup act the night before their August 3 Lolla show at The Vic. 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., 773-472-0449; Find tickets here
Most nights, the small plates and house-crafted wines draw Chicagoans to Randolph Street’s City Winery. But on August 1, sit back with a glass and listen to singer Kate Nash before she performs at Lollapalooza on August 2. 1200 W. Randolph St.,312-733-9463; Buy tickets here
Young the Giant
Catch Young the Giant when the band swings by Chicago for two shows—at House of Blues on August 2 and Lolla on August 3—as part of their tour for the “Mind Over Matter” album, which came out earlier this year. 329 N. Dearborn St., 312-923-2000; Find tickets here
On August 2, Lolla act The 1975 bring their indie anthems to Park West, loved for its central Lincoln Park location, intimate setting, and stunning domed architecture. 322 W. Armitage Ave., 773-929-1322; Buy tickets here
Opt for the 'burbs and see a Sunday concert complete with VIP treatment. Indulge in the Lawncierge package, created in partnership with Celebrity Cruises, for the Heart show at Ravinia on August 3; your ticket includes exclusive seating, drinks from a premium bar, and freshly grilled items to snack on. 418 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park, 847-266-5000; Buy tickets here
Fitz and the Tantrums
The six-member group has racked up hits including “MoneyGrabber,” “Don’t Gotta Work It Out,” and last year’s slow but steady chart-riser “Out of My League.” They’ll play Lolla on August 2 and the Metro on August 3 to seduce Chicagoans with their soul-inspired beats and catchy lyrics. 3730 N. Clark St., 773-549-4140; Find tickets here