What to Do, What to Do: October 2016 Concert Previews

We Sort Through The Show Calendars... So You Don't Have To

Can't Miss Shows This Month from Kaytranada, Kanye West, James Blake, M83, St. Lucia, Neon Indian and Classixx, as well as a busy Halloween Weekend

October can be overwhelming for any avid concert-goer. Every year there is a steady spike in shows throughout the Chicago and Milwaukee areas – and this month features a few of those can’t-miss, tell-all-your-friends-about-it, shows.

With that in mind, we’re here to help you sort through those calendars, and decide where to spend that hard-earned capital… remember October is the last month of the year where it’s okay to not think about the dreaded holiday season, and all the cold that comes with it.

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w/ Lou Phelps, Sahar Habibi, John Simmons

Concord Music Hall – CHI | Tickets: $22

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w/ Surgeons In Heat

Cactus Club – MKE | Tickets: $8

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Photo c/o HypeBeast
Photo c/o HypeBeast


Kanye West

October 7 | United Center – CHI | Tickets: SOLD OUT
October 8 | AllState Arena – CHI | Tickets: SOLD OUT

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James Blake
w/ Moses Sumney

Cadillac Palace Theater – CHI | Tickets: $36 (Limited View Only)

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w/ Shura

Pabst Theater – MKE | Tickets: $39.50

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St. Lucia
w/ Baio

Concord Music Hall – CHI | Tickets: $23

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Neon Indian
Neon Indian


Neon Indian & Classixx
w/ Alex Frankel, Harriet Brown

Wednesday, October 26 | Turner Hall Ballroom – MKE | Tickets: $20
Thursday, October 27 | Concord Music Hall – CHI | Tickets: $25

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Also Performing: St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Diane Coffee, & more
October 29 | State Street – MAD | Tickets: $10

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Freaky Deaky ft. Disclosure, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Ferg, Claptone

Also Performing: Tiesto, DJ Snake, Travis Scott, DJ Khaled and many (many) more
Toyota Park – CHI | Tickets: 3-Day Passes $169/Single-Day Tickets $59

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Freaky Deaky is what happens when a festival industry gets its hands on a weekend built around dressing up in costume and behaving badly. Sure there is potential that you break down into an existential crisis, but the “festival” actually gets its hands on some incredible talent this year, and this lineup delivers plenty of reasons to join the fun, as long as you know what you’re getting yourself into and prepare accordingly.

Friday features a DJ set from Disclosure and Travis Scott, Saturday brings in DJ Khaled, Metro Boomin, and A$AP Ferg, and Sunday is headlined by Tiesto, with Schoolboy Q and Desiigner also performing. Head over to the Freaky Deaky website for the full lineup.