First concert at new McCormick Place arena: Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples

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Mavis Staples and Bob Dylan will perform together in the new Wintrust Arena near McCormick Place. | File photos

The city has announced that the first concert at the new Wintrust Arena at McCormick place will be a double-bill with a strong Chicago connection: Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples.

The folk singer and the Chicago icon will perform at the venue Oct. 27, the city announced Monday.

“The music of Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples defined generations and I can’t think of a better inaugural performance for this new venue on the South Side of Chicago,” Mayor Emanuel said in a statement issued by his office.

The 10,000-seat Wintrust Arena will be home to DePaul University’s basketball teams, as well as the Chicago Sky of the WNBA.

Artists rendering of new Wintrust Arena in a concert configuration. | Provided

Artists rendering of new Wintrust Arena in a concert configuration. | Provided

The concert is part of Dylan’s new fall tour in support of his latest album, “Triplicate.” Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 15 at ticketmaster.com. (A special pre-sale kicks off at 10 a.m. Wednesday). Dylan and Staples shared the bill at Ravinia last year as part of his last tour. Staples’ new album, “If All I Was Was Black,” co-written/produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, is due Nov. 17.

Contributing: Miriam Di Nunzio

Bob Dylan / Mavis Staples — 2017 Tour Dates

10/13 Harrah’s Resort SoCal – The Events Center, Valley Center, CA

10/14 The Cosmopolitan Hotel – The Chelsea Theatre, Las Vegas, NV

10/17 Eccles Theater, Salt Lake City, UT

10/18 Eccles Theater, Salt Lake City, UT

10/21 1st Bank Center, Denver, CO

10/23 Century Link Center, Omaha, NE

10/24 Stephens Auditorium, Ames, IA

10/25 Xcel Energy Center, St Paul, MN

10/27 Wintrust Arena, Chicago, IL

10/28 Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

10/29 IU Auditorium, Bloomington, IN

11/1 Fox Theater, Detroit, MI

11/3 EJ Thomas Hall, Akron, OH

11/5 Palace Theater, Columbus, OH

11/6 Peterson Events Center, Pittsburgh, PA

11/8 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY

11/10 Coliseum, Richmond, VA

11/11 Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA

11/12 Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA

11/14 The Anthem, Washington, DC

11/16 Agannis Arena, Boston, MA

Wintrust Arena, shown under construction near McCormick Place last year. | Santiago Covarrubias/Sun-Times

Wintrust Arena, shown under construction near McCormick Place last year. | Santiago Covarrubias/Sun-Times

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