12/31/2012 05:36 pm ET

Best Chicago Concerts Of 2012: The Top Live Indie Shows That Rocked The Windy City (PHOTOS)

With 2012 nearing its conclusion, HuffPost Chicago reached out to some of city's most prolific trendsetters and thought leaders in style, music and culture and asked them to share some of their favorite local places and things from the year. We'll be rolling them out on the daily through New Year's Day.

The Windy City offshoot of popular indie music blog Brooklyn Vegan covers a ton of concerts each year, and 2012 was no exception.

Zach Pollack, editor of BVChicago, checked out the big festivals, the tiny club shows and the high capacity venues throughout the year, keeping up a concert-going schedule that would leave even the stauchest music lover exhausted.

For HuffPost Chicago's final year-end best-of, Pollack dug into the BVChicago archives (and extensive photo library) to share a list of his favorite live shows of this year, arranged in date order.

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Best Chicago Concerts Of 2012