Chicago's Most Hotly Anticipated Shows For 2016

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A number of major concerts hits Chicago stages in 2016--from Adele to Hamilton--and you don't want to miss out. It's looking to be a phenomenal year for live performances, so you'll want to buy tickets as soon as possible.

And because Chicago is such a world class city, it's an opportunity to explore it in all its greatness. From hotel rooms with outstanding views to exploring its dynamic neighborhoods, you cannot go wrong. But back to business. Here's what you need to know to snag a pair of tickets to see your favorite artists.

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Chicago's Most Hotly Anticipated Shows For 2016: Adele

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Why She's Hot: The sultry-voiced, Grammy Award-winning British pop star took the world by storm when her first album, 19, debuted in 2008. By the time Adele had dropped her third studio album, 25, in late 2015, she had become a bona fide superstar known to belt like a number of legendary female vocalists of the past. The critically acclaimed third project debuted at number one in most major markets and broke first week sales records in the United Kingdom and United States. Adele Live 2016 is her first worldwide tour since 2011, and tickets sold out within minutes of going on sale.

When She's Performing: July 10, 11, 13

Where To See Her: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.

How To Get Tickets: StubHub and Vivid Seats have tickets starting at $275 a pop.

Where To Dine & Drink in the Area: You'll have many, many options in the red-hot West Loop neighborhood.

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02 of 08

Chicago's Most Hotly Anticipated Shows For 2016: Beyoncé

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Why She's Hot: The undisputed Queen of Contemporary R&B, Beyonce puts on the most buzzworthy performances. Whether it's a controversial stance at the Super Bowl or power couple statement with husband Jay-Z during their red hot "On The Run" stadium tour in 2014, she keeps her fans hungry for more. Tickets for her Formation World Tour are rumored to be the most expensive in history.

When She's Performing: May 27-28

Where To See Her: Soldier Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.

How To Get Tickets: Go to Ticketmaster for details.

Where To Dine & Drink in the Area: Head to South Loop favorites AcadiaBrasserie by LM, Gioco, Mercat a la Planxa or Vice District Brewing Co.

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03 of 08

Chicago's Most Hotly Anticipated Shows For 2016: Hamilton

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Why It's Hot: This spirited hip-hop musical is based on the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda--and The Roots' Questlove and Black Thought behind the soundtrack--this production will play its first engagement outside New York fall 2016 in Chicago. This is a very big deal for the Windy City and the production as the official Broadway show is sold out every night. The thoroughly inventive, wildly entertaining musical about the birth of our nation is set to play here for at least one year.

When It's Happening: Starts Sept. 27

Where To See It: The PrivateBank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St.

How To Get Tickets: Group sales tickets now on sale; single tickets TBA

Where To Dine & Drink in the Area: Downtown restaurants include the likes of Italian Village Restaurants, Lockwood, Petterino’s, Seven Lions, Trattoria #10, The Walnut Room.

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04 of 08

Chicago's Most Hotly Anticipated Shows For 2016: Billy Joel

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Why He's Hot: A piano whiz since age four, the legendary Billy Joel has been playing professionally since the early 1960s. His music--from first album Piano Man to Glass Houses (which topped the Billboard Album Chart for six weeks)--is timeless and appeals to all ages. He is the sixth-best-selling recording artist and the third-best-selling solo artist in the United States. This summer concert will make Joel the first artist to play at the Friendly Confines for three consecutive years, and a record-setting fifth overall appearance.

When He's Performing: August 26

Where To See Him: Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St.

How To Get Tickets: Tickets are available right here.

Where To Dine & Drink in the Area: Wrigleyville offers a number of great options, including Bolat African Cuisine, Coalfire, Mia Francesca, Raw Bar & Grill, Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden, Tango Sur and Uncommon Ground.

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05 of 08

Chicago's Most Hotly Anticipated Shows For 2016: Lollapalooza


Why It's Hot: The traveling music festival organized by Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell started in 1991 and has grown into one of the world's largest--and most annually anticipated--live music events. For its 25th anniversary, Lollapalooza has been extended for an extra day. There will be 170 bands, which consist of major headliners, up-and-coming acts and deejays; here is the complete list of acts. In previous years, the festival has hosted the likes of Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, The Black Crowes, Metallica and Kanye West on the main stage.

When It's Happening: July 28-31

Where To See It: Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St.

How To Get Tickets: Four-day general admission passes are $335 (including fees) and single-day general admission tickets are $120 (including fees). Here's how to get tickets.

Where To Dine & Drink in the Area: There's Lolla's "Chowtown" (where top local restaurant vendors reside), plus more places to eat and drink in the Chicago Athletic Association HotelFreehand ChicagoGodfrey Hotel Chicago, Loews ChicagoPark Hyatt Chicago, Virgin Hotels Chicago and theWit.

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Chicago's Most Hotly Anticipated Shows For 2016: Ravinia Festival

Why It's Hot: The country's most diverse music festival returns on June 2, and this time around it features more than 140 impressive events throughout the summer. Highlights of the star-studded lineup include: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons (June 12); Paul Simon (June 18); Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra (June 22); Patti LaBelle with special guest The Commodores (June 23); Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples (June 24); Indigo Girls (July 1); Steve Miller Band (July 2); Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog (July 3); Chick Corea, with his trio and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and Lisa Fischer (July 4); Duran Duran and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers (July 8/9); Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Sweet Honey in the Rock (July 11); Hollywood Vampires, comprising Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp (July 17); Lyle Lovett & his Large Band and Emmylou Harris (July 18); Diana Ross (July 27); Bryan Ferry (Aug. 6); Don Henley (Aug. 14/15); guitarist Jeff Beck with festival favorite Buddy Guy (July 31); War and Los Lonely Boys (Aug. 11); Tony Bennett (Aug. 15); Seal (Aug. 28); Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters and Marty Stuart (Sept. 2). The season also spotlights, of course, the 80th-anniversary summer residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. See entire schedule of performances.

When It's Happening: June 2-Sept. 11

Where To See It: Ravinia Park, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL

How To Get Tickets: Tickets go on sale April 26 to the general public.

Where To Dine & Drink in the Area: There are a number of concessions on premises.

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Chicago's Most Hotly Anticipated Shows For 2016: Sting & Peter Gabriel

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Why They're Hot: Between Sting and Peter Gabriel, the famed Brit rockers boast more than 90 years in the music business. That's a lot of hit records! Both artists left extremely successful rock bands (The Police and Genesis, respectively) to enjoy extremely successful solo careers. The 19-date Rock Paper Scissors Tour, in which they will explore each other's tracks both separately and together, marks the first time since the 1980s that they have toured together.

When They're Performing: July 9

Where To See Them: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.

How To Get Tickets: They're on sale at United Center

Where To Dine & Drink in the Area: You'll have many, many options in the red-hot West Loop neighborhood.

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Chicago's Most Hotly Anticipated Shows For 2016: Carrie Underwood

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Why She's Hot: Underwood's come a long way since her big "American Idol" win in 2004. Her first album, Some Hearts, was released in November 2005 and became the best-selling album of 2006 across all genres in the United States. Carnival Ride, her second album, went double platinum just two months after its release. Since then, she's been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, plus received seven Grammy Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music Awards, eight American Music Awards and five Country Music Association awards.

The Storyteller Tour, named after Underwood's latest album that was released in 2015, is poised to eclipse her previous tours. For example, the 100+ minute set will feature the country star in a number of spectacular outfits, plus boast a massive stage containing seven elevator lifts, a main center stage expanse of 48 feet in diameter that rotates 360-degrees, and four satellite stages and three concentric LED rings that hover in the air and move throughout the show.

When She's Performing: May 17

Where To See Her: Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Rd., Rosemont, Ill.

How To Get Tickets: They're available right here.

Where To Dine & Drink in the Area: Top nearby options in Rosemont include Five Roses Pub, Gene & Georgetti, Gibsons, Giordano's, Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse and Park Tavern.

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