The 5 Best Live Music Holiday Events in Chicago for 2022 – Chicago Tribune | Directory Mayhem

The holiday season is in full swing in Chicago, and after a disappointing (but necessary) delay due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many of the city’s most celebrated artists and venues will be hosting holiday-themed concerts and events. While major events like the Do-It-Yourself Messiah still draw crowds, many up-and-coming local acts have begun to carve out a place in the city’s eclectic and expansive live music scene. Here are some of our favorite events happening this holiday season.

Twisted Christmas

Many local radio stations kick off the holiday season with big concerts featuring some of today’s best acts, and Q101’s annual Twisted XMas is no exception. While the December 9th show featuring popular British rock band The 1975 is already sold out, we’re more looking forward to the earlier line-ups. Watch the heroes of their hometown Beach Bunny as they play Portugal on December 6th. The Man and sleek electronic duo Bob Moses. Two days later, listeners can return to the ballroom for a concert featuring recently Grammy-nominated band Wet Leg and the legendary Jack White. It might not be your traditional take on a Christmas concert, but it’s still a fun way to rock out when the bitter cold sets in.

December 6, 8, and 9, 7:00 p.m., Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave.; Tickets $51.50-$89.50, 17+. More information at

Andrew Vogel

Though Andrew Bird’s Gezelligheid shows were featured as part of a livestream from Los Angeles last year, the annual holiday concert series is rightfully returning to Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church this December after a pandemic delay. Three of the dates forming part of this year’s five-night residency have already sold out, but there are still a limited number of tickets left for fans interested in Bird’s warm, eclectic welcome to the winter season. Audiences should expect his signature instrumental fiddle tracks alongside a selection of holiday tunes and maybe even brand new music from his recently released album Inside Problems.

December 8-9 and December 12-16 at 8 p.m. at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St.; Tickets: $56-$61, all ages. More information at

Hollyy Days

If you’re looking for a more low-key holiday experience, head to Avondale for the Hollyy-Days. After a successful first edition last year, local retro soul band Hollyy return to Sleeping Village to headline this relaxed, accessible concert. This year’s line-up consists of soulful pop singer Ryan Hadarah (who sounds like Nico Returning) and Aunt Kelly.

9 p.m. on December 15 at the Sleeping Village, 3734 W. Belmont Ave.; Tickets $15-$18, 21+. More information at

Mariachi Herencia de México: A very happy Christmas concert

Mariachi Herencia de Mexico.

Expect an evening of high spirits and joy during this multi-venue, multi-day event with Mariachi Herencia de México. This Chicago-based group has garnered an international following after releasing a string of popular albums, including 2017’s Nuestra Herencia, 2018’s Herencia de la Tierra Mía and 2022’s Herederos. During this special show at the Old Town Folk Music School and Thalia Hall in Pilsen, the group will perform a selection of family-friendly Mexican and American Christmas classics, including their popular rendition of It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

7pm Dec 16; 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. on December 17 at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.; Tickets $33-$35, all ages. More information at

7 p.m. December 18 at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St.; Tickets $35, all ages. More information at

Candlelight: Holiday Jazz and Soul Classics feat. Ella Fitzgerald

Fever’s original candlelight concert series – which showcased the music of the likes of Beyonce and ABBA – has been one of the city’s most underrated events for months. And now they’re bringing the intimate series into the holiday season. This year’s lineup features a variety of genre-focused shows, but we’re particularly excited about the Holiday Jazz and Soul Classics lineup. This hour-long set will feature famous songs such as John Coltrane’s version of “My Favorite Things”, Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” and two Ella Fitzgerald selections performed by PureSoul Chicago.

7:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. on December 22 at Salvage One, 1840 W. Hubbard St.; Tickets: $35-$75, 8+. More information at

Britt Julious is a freelance critic.

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