Millennium Park’s Live Music Festivals

Whether you are looking for a low-key music session or world-class jazz performance, Millennium Park showcases a number of local and national artists through a few recurring summer music events. Following are a few events to check out before the summer comes to an end:

Grant Park Music Festival

This summer marks the 81st season of the Grant Park Music Festival. Hosted at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, catch the classics before they move onto the next city. August performers include:

  • Wednesday, August 19th at 6:30PM – Beethoven Violin Concerto
  • Friday, August 21st at 6:30PM – Elgar the Kingdom
  • Saturday, August 22nd at 7:30PM – Elgar the Kingdom

Cost of admission: Free

 Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz

Chicago has a long history of great jazz players coming through the city, and with Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz, you can get a glimpse of the talented Chicago natives who lead the city in jazz performances. This event begins and ends in August, so be sure to check out one of the following dates:

  • Thursday, August 20th at 6:30PM – Great Black Music Ensemble: Move: An Afrofuturistic Ijó
  • Thursday, August 27th at 6:30PM – Max Roach and Oscar Brown – Jr’s Freedom Now Suite, Reimagined

Where: Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Cost of admission: Free

 17th Annual World Music Festival Chicago

September 11th marks the start of the 17th Annual World Music Festival Chicago. Produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, this eleven-day festival (September 11-22) is city-wide, with one venue being the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

When: September 11-12, 2015

Where: Various locations, including Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Chicago Cultural Center

Cost of admission: Free


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