Forget haunted houses and horror-movie marathons--this Halloween, the best place to be is at a concert, and Chicago has plenty going on, from pop stars to '90s rock icons. So, guys and ghouls get your costume picked out, grab your tickets and let the music put a spell on you this Halloween.
Oct. 24 and 25 @ 7 p.m.
United Center - 1901 West Madison St., Chicago, IL 60612
Pop star Katy Perry will perform not once but twice for Chicago, on Oct. 24 and 25, as part of her Witness tour. She'll be joined by special guest Noah Cyrus. Tickets for both shows are on sale now right here on AXS--click here for Oct. 24 and here for Oct. 25. Prices start at $30, and if you can't make it, Perry will also be performing in Kansas City just days later on Oct. 27. She will be lending her insights to new pop-star hopefuls as one of the judges on ABC's revival of "American Idol," and a recent stop to the set of "Good Morning America" provided fans a little peek at what the revamped singing competition will look like.
William Patrick Corgan
Oct. 24 and 25 @ 7:30 p.m.
Anthenaeum Theatre - 2939 N. Southport Ave., Chicago IL 60657
You probably know him better as Billy Corgan, but for his latest solo tour, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman opted to go by his full given name. The intimate performance will see Corgan performing music from his latest solo album, Ogilala, out Oct. 13, and his Smashing Pumpkins days, totaling 100 minutes with a 20-minute intermission. Tickets are on sale now, and with hometown performances on Oct. 24 and 25, you'll have two chances to see him. Prices range from $65 to $75. Want to know where we ranked Smashing Pumpkins in the best rock bands of the '90s? Head over to our top-10 list to find out.
Oct. 25 @ 8 p.m.
Bottom Lounge - 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60607
Few voices in pop are as powerful and impressive as Jessie J's, and you can hear her live in Chicago on Oct. 25 with support from De'Wayne Jackson. Tickets are on sale now.
Spend an evening with songwriters Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile at the University of Chicago's Rockefeller Chapel on Oct. 26, in support of their collaborative album, Lotta Sea Live, out Oct. 13. Tickets for the show are on sale now. Get ready for it with the newly released video for "Continental Breakfast," plus the previously released "Over Everything." And why not learn something new with these five things you didn't know about Barnett? As for Kurt Vile, he'll be making an appearance on the final season of "Portlandia."
Oct. 27 @ 8 p.m.
The Chicago Theatre - 175 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601
Kick off Halloween weekend on Friday, Oct. 27 with a concert from singer/songwriter Tori Amos, performing at The Chicago Theatre. Tickets are on sale now for $38.50. Can't make it to the Chicago show? She'll be starting the tour in St. Paul a week before Halloween.
Jukebox the Ghost
Oct. 27 and 28 @ 7 p.m.
Lincoln Hall - 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
Halloween comes but once a year--and so does HalloQueen, band Jukebox the Ghost's annual tribute to iconic rock band Queen, which sees the trio dress up as the rockers and play a whole set of their songs. In the past, only New York City has been treated to the show, but this year, HalloQueen is hitting the road for a very small run of dates, and Chicago is one of the lucky cities on the list. The band will play two shows in the city--one regular must-see set on Friday, Oct. 27 and HalloQueen on Saturday, Oct. 28. Opener Yoko & The Oh Nos will play as David Bowie. Tickets are on sale now for $25.