With the whirlwind of announcements and updates in the entertainment world, it's easy to overlook the arrival of one of country music's beloved stars to Illinois and Wisconsin.

In recent weeks, anticipation has been building as major concert tours unveil their schedules, promising nights of unforgettable music and electric energy across Illinois and Wisconsin in the coming year.

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Here, we highlight the 12 must-see shows that are sure to captivate audiences and leave them yearning for more.

Dan + Shay at the United Center in Chicago on Friday, March 22

The Heartbreak on the Map Tour with Dan and Shay makes a stop at the UC, with special guests Ben Rector and Hailey Whitters. Currently on Season 25 as dual coaches on NBC's 'The Voice', Dan and Shay will also be performing in Milwaukee on April 4 if you miss their Chicago stop.

Tim McGraw at the United Center in Chicago on May 31

Tim McGraw will welcome special guest Carly Pearce for his Standing Room Only Tour at the UC.

Kenny Chesney at Soldier Field on June 15

Kenny Chesney will throw summer into high gear with a stadium tour along with Zac Brown Band, and Megan Moroney. June 15 at Soldier Field, Chicago, and in Milwaukee at American Family Field on June 22.

Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Cody Johnson July 11 through 14

Windy City Smokeout returns to the United Center parking lot with four epic country headliners and the best BBQ & beer, July 11-14, 2024.

Eric Church, Lainey Wilson, Bailey Zimmerman at Country Thunder Wisconsin

The Chief returns to Country Thunder July 18 to 21 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. Eric Church will headline, along with Lainey Wilson, Bailey Zimmerman, Nickelback, and more.

George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town at Soldier Field July 20

King George will be in the Windy City this summer for a stadium show not to be missed.

Jason Aldean at Alpine Valley August 17

After his memorable performance in a thunderstorm during Summer 2023 at Country Thunder, Jason Aldean will be back in Wisconsin for a performance at Alpine Valley on August 17.

Scotty McCreery at the Boone County Fair August 10

Boone County Fair is bringing out this former American Idol star to sing all his country hits on Saturday, August 10. Tickets will go on sale Monday, December 4.

Luke Bryan at Wrigley Field on August 25

Luke welcomes Bailey Zimmerman, Tracy Lawrence, and Chayce Beckham to the corner of Clark and Addison during a Cubs road trip.

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