All-new Radius music venue to debut in Chicago in early 2020

Radius, an all-new independently owned and operated music venue, will open in Chicago this February.

Located in the East Pilsen neighborhood just south of the Loop, the 55,000-square-foot building has been transformed from an old steel factory into a modern artistic space. Radius will focus primarily on music events with a capacity of 2,500 to 3,800 attendees.

The first set of Radius shows includes electronic artists Dillon Francis on Feb. 29, Carl Cox on March 6, and Tchami on March 13. All three are open to ages 18+. Tickets go on sale at 12 p.m. CT on Fri., Dec. 13.

Other artists on the initial schedule include Lil Wayne, Killswitch Engage, Alkaline Trio & Bad Religion, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.

Radius will be equipped with a D&B KSL sound system, a mezzanine level to host VIP guests, artist lounges, a spacious outdoor smoking section, and nine full service bars. The all-black exterior features murals created by Lefty Out There, Thank You X, and Nychos.

“We were looking for a scalable, multi-purpose venue space to house a state of the art concert facility with modern art and design elements at the forefront, and we’ve created it with Radius,” says Nick Karounos, owner and operator of Radius. Karounos has played a major part in the Chicago music scene as an owner and operator of Concord Music Hall, the MID, and PRYSM Nightclub.

Within Radius is Cermak Hall, a 10,000-square-foot multi-purpose event space, which will be used for pre- and post- event functions and can be used for corporate and private events.

Radius will have easy highway access to I-90/94, with a variety of parking options and a rideshare friendly pick up zone. It’s also accessible via the
Halsted 8 Bus, Cermak 21 Bus, and Orange/Red/Green lines.


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Kent Otto

Kent is founder and editor-in-chief. He's always had a love and passion for music of all types, but didn't discover the music festival scene and community until moving to Southern California during his early post-college years. He returned to his roots in the Midwest in 2011 and has since been determined to share the magic and beauty of the music scene with as many as possible. Email