*Here are some pics from one of Janet Jackson’s three sold-out performances held at the Chicago Theater earlier this week.

The 44-year-old is in the midst of her “Number Ones” tour, which the Chicago Tribune reviewed – and was not really impressed.

Here’s a snippet below from Tribune music reviewer Greg Kot:

“I want to be the one in control,” Jackson sang at the outset, and the set had a precision, I’ve-got-something-to-prove authority. Crucially, the concert was less like a soul-less video — the impression left by so many Jackson extravaganzas in the past — and more like the work of a still-vital artist determined to showcase her subtle strengths.

In past tours, Jackson’s thin voice was often swallowed up by the sheer size of her production. Lip-syncing was rampant because of her strenuous dance routines, which while technically impressive often came off as coldly anonymous. Jackson would build in moments of scripted “intimacy,” usually involving tears and patter that were repeated each night.

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Set List for Janet’s show at The Chicago Theater Monday Night (March 7)

1 All for You video
2 The Pleasure Principle
3 Control
4 What Have You Done For Me Lately
5 Feedback
6 You Want This
7 Alright
8 Miss You Much
9 Nasty
10 Video interlude
11 Nothing
12 Come Back To Me
13 Let’s Wait Awhile
14 Again
15 Video interlude
16 Doesn’t Really Matter
17 Escapade
18 Love Will Never Do (Without You)
19 When I Think Of You
20 All for You
21 All Nite (Don’t Stop)
22 That’s the Way Love Goes
23 I Get So Lonely
24 Band interlude
25 Black Cat
26 If
27 Scream
28 Rhythm Nation
29 Make Me
30 Together Again