The states of Illinois and Wisconsin are home to many iconic concert venues and recently a couple have been honored with national recognition.

Billboard's Top Music Venues Include Illinois And Wisconsin

Billboard is an international source for the music industry. It's highly respected so if you're mentioned in the publication that goes a long way in the business. Recently, they released a list of the top concert venues in the United States.

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Using our ­editorial expertise and Boxscore metrics, Billboard has selected 26 venues that artists clamor to play and fans gather at to enjoy.


These selections are divided by region and venue type, as well as fan-favorite categories honoring the elements that add magic and energy to local music scenes.

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Wisconsin Music Venue Named Top Central U.S. Arena

The Fiserv Forum opened in August of 2018 as the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks. Now, it's much more than that. The building is a state-of-the-art concert venue. It's such an amazing place, promoters are no longer skipping Brew City as a show stop. It's a must-play arena. I've been there a couple of times myself and am very impressed. I'm not usually a big fan of facilities that size but this one knows how to put on a show.

Illinois Music Venue Named Best Concept

The Salt Shed in Chicago opened in 2022 at the former Morton Salt facility. The property is home to two separate venues. There is an indoor building that holds 3,500. You can also check out shows on the outdoor grounds that hold 5,000. I've not had an opportunity to see any concerts there yet but I've heard a lot of great things. I can't wait to see some live music there.

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