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Best Concerts To Look Forward To In Chicago In 2013

By Natalie Kuchik

Don't let the snow make you a homebody because there are some amazing artists coming to perform in Chicago this winter. Many big-name pop and rock stars will be taking the stage at a Chicago venue in 2013. Some artists are only touring North America once a year, so be sure to catch one on this list because you never know when the opportunity will present itself again.

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United Center
1901 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 455-4500

Price: $35-$59.50
Date: March 4, 2013
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The last time Muse performed a headlining concert in Chicago was in March of 2011. The English rock band Muse will be touring in 2013 to support its sixth studio album, "The 2nd Law." Muse has one of the best concerts to look forward to because the band is not only extremely talented, but the members always go above and beyond with stage production. Expect Muse's show to have a mind-blowing light show that will leave you speechless.

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Ellie Goulding
Aragon Ballroom
1106 W. Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 561-9500

Price: $27
Date: January 29, 2013
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English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding will be performing her biggest Chicago headlining concert to date at the Aragon Ballroom. The soulful singer will be touring in early 2013 to support her most recent studio album "Halcyon." Radio stations have her hit single "Lights" in heavy rotation, and you do not want to miss seeing her perform it live. Ellie Goulding's upcoming Chicago concert is sure to showcase her unique voice and captivating stage presence.

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United Center
1901 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 455-4500

Price: $35-$150
Date: March 22, 2013
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Roc Nation's Rihanna is bringing her "Diamonds" world tour to Chicago in 2013. Rihanna's setlist will be chalked full of her Billboard Top 10 singles plus songs from her seventh studio album "Unapologetic." Rihanna is one of the biggest names out there in music and her upcoming Chicago performance is definitely one to put on the bucket list. Rapper A$AP Rocky will open for Rihanna at what is sure to be one of the most talked-about concerts of the year.

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Riviera Theatre
4746 N. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 275-6800

Price: $58.50
Date: January 29 and 30, 2013
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In early 2013, Soundgarden will perform two concerts at Chicago's Riviera Theatre. The longtime American rock band is touring to support its sixth studio album "King Animal." It is the first album that the Chris Cornell-fronted band has released since "Down on the Upside" in 1996. Fans of Soundgarden are looking forward to this show because the group will be playing at a smaller venue, holding only 1,100 people. The chances of you getting to see Soundgarden at such a small venue is slim to none. Both of Soundgarden's Chicago concerts are 18-and-over shows.

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Taylor Swift at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York (David M. Russell/CBS)

Taylor Swift
Soldier Field
1410 S. Museum Campus Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 235-7000

Price: $39.50-$99.50
Date: August 10, 2013
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Country-singer-turned-pop-star Taylor Swift will make her return to Chicago in 2013. She will be performing her hit singles plus songs from her new album "Red." Her concert will have a massive stage production and elaborate sets that correspond to her songs. She always puts on a great show that is fun for all ages to watch. This will be a memorable event for all attendees.

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Natalie Kuchik is a longtime freelance writer living in Chicago. She enjoys interviewing bands, reviewing concerts, and writing about all things entertainment related. Her work can be found at

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