Wilco loves their home city, sweet home Chicago. Kicking Television: Live in Chicago is a must-hear portrait of the Nels Cline-incarnation of the band. “Via Chicago” is a standout of their classic Summerteeth LP. And in 2008, Wilco played every song from all their studio albums over the course of a five-night run at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre.
Chicago loves Wilco – so it was a no-brainer for the band to end the 2012 dates of their Whole Love world tour in the Windy City. Nicknamed “The Incredibly Shrinking Tour of Chicago,” Wilco played five different local venues between December 12th and December 18th, 2011 – including The Riviera Theatre (the Chicago venue they’ve played the most), The Vic Theater (where Kicking Television was recorded) and classic indie-rock club The Metro (which somehow they’ve never played before). The last night was an intimate gig at 500 person-capacity Lincoln Hall, another venue Wilco hadn’t previously played. Additionally, on December 15th, they promoted the “Shrinking” shows on Chicago’s WGN Morning News (watch that here…. they played two songs, were interviewed…
…and Jeff Tweedy did the weather forecast… )
Wilco kicked off the five-night Chicago run on December 12th with their first ever concert at The Civic Opera House. As of late December, that show is streaming in full at wilcoworld.net/roadcase. Additionally, Chicago’s rock radio station 93XRT uploaded on YouTube beautiful filmed highlights from three of these shows. Watch “One Sunday Morning” from the Civic Opera House above. “Hell Is Chrome”(at Vic Theatre 12/15) and “Sunken Treasure” (at The Metro 12/16) are below.