Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, and Ricky Martin at the United Center in Chicago, IL

Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, and Pitbull joined forces to bring The Trilogy Tour to Chicago’s United Center for two nights.

It’s been a busy week for shows at Chicago’s United Center, first with Ms. Lauryn Hill and The Fugees, then two nights of Queen + Adam Lambert, and things didn’t show any signs of slowing down as The Trilogy Tour brought the party vibes. Each night, the order in which they come on changes. For Chicago’s first night, Ricky Martin was the first to take to the stage. Martin brought the salsa moves as he opened his set with “Pégate.” From the very first note, the crowd was up on their feet, singing and dancing along. 

His set also included “She Bangs,” “Shake Your Bon-Bon,” and “María.” Throughout the set, Martin grooved alongside his dancers while bringing the hits for the Chicago crowd. The explosive “Livin’ La Vida Loca” felt like it was the final song but “The Cup of Life” brought the carnival feels to bring his set to a close. 

Next up was Enrique Iglesias. The pace slowed down for this set. Where Martin’s set brought the dancing, Iglesias’ set brought the swooning, lasers, and confetti. Throughout his set, screams could be heard from various sections of the United Center as Enrique would often get up close and personal with various sections of the crowd, with many throwing items either for him to keep or to sign. Iglesias made good use of the full stage, often seen hanging over the barriers at one side to get closer to the fans before running over to the opposite side. He also frequented the B stage at the back of the arena floor, ensuring that those towards the back did not feel left out.

The set opened with “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You), and went on to include “Bailamos,” “Hero,” and “Escape.” Despite having collaborated on a number of songs together, it seemed unusual and a missed opportunity that Pitbull didn’t join his tour mate on stage for “I Like It.” 

Last but not least it was time for Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull, to take to the stage, bringing the party vibes with him. The energy levels went through the roof the moment the aptly chosen set opener, “Don’t Stop The Party,” began. “Hotel Room Service” brought a call-and-repeat with it, to which the crowd fully participated. The set included the likes of “Gasolina,” “Timber” and “Fireball,” with the party atmosphere continuing through until the very end.  

A number of audience members had turned up donning bald caps and drawn-on/fake facial hair to show which member of The Trilogy Tour they were there in support of. Regardless of which artist had been the initial draw for people to buy their tickets, there was something for everyone with each of these performers. It was a fun night for all who attended. 

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Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!