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With Lollapalooza Aftershows, Live Music Will Return To The Metro After 16-Month Shutdown

The six-night run will feature Limp Bizkit, Jimmy Eat World and Freddie Gibbs.

The Metro
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WRIGLEYVILLE — Live music will return to the Metro in late July after more than a year of being closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

The independent concert venue at 3730 N. Clark St. will reopen July 27 for a series of official Lollapalooza aftershows, which bring highlights from the upcoming music festival’s setlist to venues throughout Chicago.

The live shows will mark the Metro’s first events since the entertainment industry was forced into widespread closure by the pandemic in March 2020.

The six-night run of Lolla aftershows will include performances by:

  • Omar Apollo, Serena Isioma and Oston on July 27.
  • LP and Lauren Sanderson on July 28.
  • Limp Bizkit on July 29.
  • Jimmy Eat World and Aquadolls on July 30.
  • Band of Horses and Michigander on July 31.
  • Freddie Gibbs on Aug. 1.

Tickets for the shows will go on sale Friday on Metro’s website, but a special presale begins 10 a.m. Wednesday for fans who subscribe to the Metro newsletter. There is a four-ticket limit for all Lolla aftershows.

The announcement comes a day after the team behind Metro, which also owns Gman Tavern and Smartbar on Clark Street, posted on social media Smartbar will reopen this weekend after being closed for more than a year.

The team behind the venues has thrown support behind local and national efforts to help music venues and their employees, including joining the Chicago Independent Venue League and pushing to pass the Save Our Stages bill through Congress, according to its blog.

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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