Grand Slam Weekend

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From the Stateline to the pitcher’s line, mid-July brings Chicago area country music fans an all-star lineup of country music concerts. As the busiest week in Chicago’s country music scene, area concerts range from country music mega group, Rascal Flatts playing at Wrigley Field to local talent like The Hoyle Brothers and Springfield’s own the Gaddis Sisters.

Staring off the week is Country Thunder, now in it’s 17th Year, the four-day festival features headliners Tracy Lawrence (Wed.), Taylor Swift (Thurs.), Alan Jackson (Fri.) and Tim McGraw (Sat.) while on Saturday, Rascal Flatts along with Darius Rucker and Vince Gill will make history as the first country concert to play the Friendly Confines. If that’s not enough, catch the Zac Brown Band at Rockton Fest on Sunday.

For those who prefer to stay South of I-88, Alan Jackson will headline “Concerts for a Cause” at the Cedar Point Sportsman Club in LaSalle. Proceeds will benefit the Easter Seals Autism & Special Needs Children.

Play-by-Play Lineup:

Chicago

Whiskey Meyers and Blackberry Smoke
Friday, July 17 – 8PM
Joe’s Bar, 940 W. Weed Street, Chicago
$5 – joesbar.com

Rascal Flatts with Vince Gill and Darius Rucker
Saturday, July 18 – 7PM
Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison, Chicago
$35 – $89 – tickets.com

The Hoyle Brothers
Friday, July 17 – 5:30PM
The Empty Bottle – 1035 N. Western Ave, Chicago
FREE – emptybottle.com

Suburbs

Chase Daniels & Western Star
Kane County Fair – Wednesday, July 15 – 3PM
525 S Randall Rd, St. Charles
$1 – kanecountyfair.com

Pat Green
Thursday, July 16 – 8PM
Emricson Park – 1313 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Woodstock
$29 – $50 – ticketmaster.com

Rockin’ for the Troops
Saturday, July 18 – 3PM
Featuring the Gaddis Sisters, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band and more
Cantigny Gardens & Park – 1S151 Winfield Rd, Wheaton
$25 advance, parking $10 – osotil.org

Hillbilly Rockstarz
Kane County Fair
– Sunday, July 19 – 5PM
525 S Randall Rd, St. Charles
$5 – kanecountyfair.com

Northern Illinois – Stateline Area

Country Thunder USA
Featuring: Tracy Lawrence, Taylor Swift, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw and many more.
Thursday, July 15 – Saturday, July 18
2305 Lance Dr, Twin Lakes, WI Please note: Highway 12 is under construction
Daily, general admission passes (lawn) range from $25 – $54, while 4-day adult passes are $119. Reserved seats range from $159 – $600 for all 4-days – countrythunder.com

Rockton Days
Thursday, July 16 – Sunday, July 19
Settler’s Park, 100-199 S Bridge S. Rockton
$10 – $30 – oldsettlersdays.com

Keith Anderson – Thursday, July 16 – 6PM
Jamey Johnson – Friday, July 17 – 10PM
The Zac Brown Band – Sunday, July 18 – 8PM

Middle Illinois

Alan Jackson
Saturday, July 18 – 3:30PM
Concerts for a Cause – Cedar Point Sportsman Club Rt. 80 & 351, LaSalle
$45 – louslagrotto.com/concerts

Northwest Indiana

Randy Travis
Friday, July 17 – 7PM
Festival of the Lakes – Wolf Lake Park
2938 S Calumet Ave, Hammond, IN
FREE, Parking 15 – festival.gohammond.com

Some prices might not include special handling fees.