After a rough year of no live music, it's so nice to have concerts back in our lives.  While we all have our favorite venues, we now realize how great it can be to discover new places.  This is why I wanted to find the best concert venues in Illinois.

Back in July, I put together a photo gallery of the best venues in Iowa.  You can check those out here.  Why has it taken me two more months to get the top Illinois venues gallery done?  Well, there is this town in Illinois called Chicago with a LOT of music venues.

Not all the below venues are in Chicago.  There are large and small venues across the state.  Plenty of old theatres, little clubs for a rockin good time, and large venues for the big acts.

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One of the main inspirations for the story was the Shawnee Cave Amphitheater.  This is down in the tip of Illinois.  Take a look below to see the Red Rocks style venue that is right here in Illinois.

It was great to ask you for pictures.  You showed me not only the places you have been to but also the bands you have seen.  While many of us in the Quad Cities have been to our local venues, clearly we will travel to see the bands/artists we want to see.

Check out all the venues below and if you have one that you think is missing, send it over and I'll add it to the list.

The Best Illinois Concert Venues

With concerts back in full swing, we give you the best venues for seeing live music in Illinois. Any missing? Send the name of the venue and some of your pictures to
After looking at the Illinois venues, check out the Iowa venues here.

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