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Film News: Chicago Spotlight on 2017 CIMMfest From Nov. 9-12

CHICAGO – The fall movie season continues in Chicago with one of the best movie-music-party celebrations of the year. CIMMfest – the Chicago International Movie & Music Festival – is back for its 9th year, and promises another blast of great sounds and movies about those sounds, in all genres.

Photo Gallery: 2017 Vans Warped Tour With Beartooth, Hatebreed, More

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Fans at 2017 Vans Warped Tour

CHICAGOVans Warped Tour rocked Chicago’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on July 22, 2017. HollywoodChicago.com photographer Jeff Doles brings you front-row photos of Hatebreed, Knocked Loose, Hawthorne Heights and Beartooth! Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the Photo Gallery or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Jeff Doles of 238 Studios for HollywoodChicago.com

Music Review: 2017 Chicago Open Air Festival With Anthrax, Megadeth, Rob Zombie, KISS

Gene Simmons of Kiss at Chicago Open Air Festival. Photo by Jeff Doles

CHICAGO – Watching a heavy metal band perform during daylight can be a little like watching a horror film with the lights on. The overall performance can sometimes lose a bit of its edge and intensity.

Live Music Performance Video: Ben Rector at Summerfest 2017

Ben Rector at Summerfest on July 7, 2017

CHICAGO – Singer/songwriter/pianist Ben Rector performs his hit song “When a Heart Breaks” live in Milwaukee on July 7, 2017 at Summerfest, the world’s largest musical festival.

Photo Gallery: Summerfest, July 8, 2017: DNCE, Chevelle, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

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DNCE at Summerfest on July 8, 2017. Photo by: Adam Fendelman

CHICAGO – HollywoodChicago.com’s coverage of Summerfest in Milwaukee forges on with photos from July 8, 2017 by photographers Adam Fendelman and Ellie Henderson.

Here we bring you front-row shots of DNCE (with Joe Jonas), Chevelle, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, LOCASH and Trapper Schoepp. Enjoy!

Photo Gallery: Summerfest, July 7, 2017: Ben Rector, Huey Lewis & The News, Michelle Branch

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Ben Rector at Summerfest on July 7, 2017

CHICAGO – HollywoodChicago.com’s coverage of Summerfest in Milwaukee continues with photos from July 7, 2017 by photographer Adam Fendelman. Here we bring you front-row shots of Ben Rector, Huey Lewis & The News and Michelle Branch. Enjoy!

Photo Gallery: The Chainsmokers Perform at Summerfest on July 4, 2017

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The Chainsmokers at Summerfest on July 4, 2017

MILWAUKEEThe Chainsmokers perform at Summerfest on July 4, 2017. HollywoodChicago.com photographer Jeff Doles brings you the photos!

Photo Gallery: Grammy-Nominated EDM Star Steve Aoki at Summerfest on June 29, 2017

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Steve Aoki at Summerfest on June 29, 2017

Milwaukee – Steve Aoki performed at Summerfest on June 29, 2017. HollywoodChicago.com photographer Jeff Doles brings you the photos!

2017 Chicago Open Air Festival to Run From July 14-16, 2017

Chicago Open Air Festival

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – One of the biggest rock festivals in the country will soon take place in the Chicagoland area. The second-annual Chicago Open Air Festival will feature a full arsenal of rock artists and will take place at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. from July 14 to 16, 2017.

Music Review: Iron Maiden Conjures the Soul of Heavy Metal in Chicagoland Concert

Iron Maiden, photo by Jeff Doles

CHICAGO – On a hot and humid night – with dark ominous clouds enveloping the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Tinley Park, Ill. on June 15th, 2017 – the crowd gathered to see Iron Maiden, and spilled into their seats like a cold beer from the tap. The heavy metal-loving masses, with their torn jeans and ever-present mullets, got ready for the latest show in the band’s “The Book of Souls” World Tour by responding in Pavlovian fashion to UFO’s “Doctor Doctor” (Maiden’s intro song), as it boomed from the venue’s speakers.

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  • Speech & Debate (stage play)

    CHICAGO – “Speech & Debate,” the latest production from the mighty Brown Paper Box Company, continues their tradition of thinking outside that “box” in presenting storefront theater that makes a statement and a difference. “Speech” goes inside America by showcasing the outsiders… those who create art because they can’t get it right in real life. This non-equity Chicago stage play premiere is finely tuned and wonderfully acted, and runs through March 4th, 2018. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

  • We're Gonna Be Okay

    CHICAGO – The 1960s were a time of historical social transition. The movements – civil rights, feminist, gay rights – all had roots in that tumultuous decade. The Chicago premiere of Basil Kreimendahl’s “We’re Gonna Be Okay” echoes all of those movements in its characters, and collides them against the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. The show has a Thursday-Sunday run at the American Theater Company through March 4th, 2018. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

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