Take 9 Chicago: Top Concerts of 2018

Chicago was spoiled this year, to say the least

December 20, 2018
Luke Bryan at Wrigley Field

Marci Braun

9.  Brett Eldredge’s Glow Live Christmas Show at the Chicago Theater.

Maybe it’s because it’s fresh in my mind, but it was a magical night.  Brett got everyone in the Christmas spirit.  At the end of show, when he stepped in front of the mic and sang “The First Noel” and everyone sang along, tears welled up.  It was such an amazing moment.

As much as we love Brett, we all know that Edgar is the bigger star, and he stole the show.

Tonight, I got to witness the amazingness of @bretteldredge and his Christmas show. But, as a dog lover, I must say that @edgarboogie stole the show. ❤------

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8.  Miranda Lambert/Little Big Town Bandwagon Tour in Tinley Park

Clearly these guys have a gazillion hits between the two of them that make for an excellent concert on their own.  But at the end of the show, they all came together to sing on each other’s biggest hits!!  Their harmonies just complement each other so well, and it was such a fun show!

7.  Morgan Evans, US*99 First Listen at Joe’s Bar

I added this one to the list because I truly believe that Morgan is one to watch in 2019.   What he does with just his guitar and a loop pedal board is insane!  He literally can play and record every part of the song he performs right in front of you.   He came out of the gate swinging with his single “Kiss Somebody," celebrated his first year anniversary with wife Kelsea Ballerini and has his 2019 teed up right in front of him!

6.  Sugarland's Still The Same Tour at Ravinia

In 2004, Sugarland burst onto the scene with "Baby Girl."   They have played all over Chicago throughout the years.   From Joe’s Bar to Soldier Field and everywhere in between.   They are simply one of my favorites.  And when word got out that they were getting back together, I could not wait to see the show.  It didn’t disappoint.  It was like Jennifer and Kristian hadn’t missed a beat.  Call it nostalgic happiness, but that show just made me happy.

Sugarland & Marci Braun
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5.  Stars & Strings at the Chicago Theater

I think one of the coolest things about this year’s Stars & Strings event was witnessing what a breakout star Luke Combs has become.  Everyone sang along with his songs LOUDER than he was singing.  Sugarland stunned the audience while Cole Swindell delivered hit after hit.   In the second round, Brothers Osborne got the place rocking while Jake Owen provided the comedy in between his awesome songs.   To have Dierks back for Stars & Strings was simply incredible!

4.  Luke Bryan & Sam Hunt, What Makes You Country Tour at Wrigley Field

Summertime.   Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt at Wrigley.  Does it get any better than that?   Sure we had to wait out the rain for a little bit.  But we didn’t let that stop us! 

Luke Bryan at Wrigley Field
Marci Braun

3. Windy City Smokeout

Between all the BBQ and delicious beverages, Smokeout is an event every summer you simply cannot miss!  Watching Brett Eldredge, Brett Young and Brothers Osborne headline every night was amazing while you sipped on your favorite cocktail!

2.  US*99 Country LakeShake

It’s the party of the summer for a reason!  Three music-filled days and nights right off Lake Michigan, how can you go wrong?!  Every night was more amazing than the night before.  Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and FGL gave us our soundtrack to a summer night!  

1. Kenny Chesney's Trip Around the Sun Tour at Soldier Field

It had been four looooong years since Chesney played Soldier Field and boy did we miss him!!   The show started off with Brandon Lay and by the time Old Dominion hit the stage, the house that Halas built was rockin’!   Thomas Rhett was incredible and then it was time for Kenny to kick the party into high gear.  High energy, singalong fun.  That’s what the entire night was!  He is NOT allowed to stay away for that long again!

Kenny Chesney at Soldier Field
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