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It’s been a while since Seventeen last hit up Chicago for a solo show with their 2017 Diamond Edge world tour, and the glow-up the K-pop group faced in that time was put on full display during Sunday’s (Jan. 12) show at the city’s United Center.
Performing at the home of the Chicago Bulls after previously performing at the considerable smaller Rosemont Theatre three years prior, the boy band kicked off the new year with a revelatory night full of exuberance and passion as Seventeen’s members showed off their finely-honed talents and presented an Ode to You to their dedicated fandom, Carat.
The second stop of the U.S. leg of their Ode to You tour, the accompanying world tour for last year’s An Ode album, Seventeen had launched the Stateside concert series at New Jersey’s Prudential Center on Friday (Jan. 10), and brought the heat into Chicago even as a cold front cooled off the city with snow and frigid temperatures. From the dramatic opening of “Getting Closer” to the “never-ending” finale of “Very Nice,” which had the members completing the song only to start things up boisterously again and again, Seventeen spent the nearly 3-hour-long show displaying their pristine, synchronized dance moves and their impactful live vocals.
Throughout the Ode to You show, Seventeen’s members ran through their hits and fan favorites that they’ve released since their debut in 2015 with “Adore U,” which got a fresh-faced rearrangement for 2020 in the latter part of the night. Whether it was rousing renditions of singles like “Clap” and “Don’t Wanna Cry,” or unit-oriented performances of songs like the addictive "Trauma" and the graceful "Lilili Yabbay" that shone the spotlight directly on the individual talent of each man, a constant throughout the night was the resonating liveness of the act’s vocals.
In a pop music world where backing tracks are the norm, Seventeen’s overt attempt to sing just about every note live -- even while pulling off acrobatic dance moves -- emphasized the group’s dedication to their craft, putting their all into every verse and rap. Each tonal inflection resonated throughout the arena as Carats cheered on the performers, creating a party-like atmosphere as both fans and artists alike celebrated the entity that is Seventeen and their distinct style of exuberant pop that has made them fan favorites and one of K-pop’s most prominent boy bands of this generation.
As they performed over two dozen songs, Seventeen spent the chilly Sunday night heating up the Arena and leaving warm memories in the heart of concertgoers, and ended the night with promises to return to Hoshi-cago. Although the act was down one member due to S.Coups’ ongoing hiatus to focus on his mental health, the rest of Seventeen shouted him out and assured fans that they’d be back together with him again soon.
Ending after 10:00 p.m., Seventeen left fans off feeling invigorated and ready to face the week after spending the night singing and dancing along to their “Hit” sounds, and promised more to come. "Thank you all for coming out tonight,” said Joshua during the act's closing set. “I know you guys might have had a very tiring week, you must have had pressure from work, school, tests. But hopefully today's concert, our concert, were able to give you guys that release from whatever pressures you. Yeah, I hope we made a happy memory for you guys because you guys definitely made a happier memory for us too. And we’ll definitely be back. Wait for us, it’s definitely going to be worth it. See you guys soon.”
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