The Grant Park Music Festival is the country's only free, outdoor classical music series of its kind. Each summer, visitors and Chicagoans are treated to beautiful sounds at the striking Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
Conceived in 1931, the Fest was billed by the city as a low-cost way to cheer up Chicagoans during the Great Depression. It's grown to become one of Chicago's most time honored festivals, attracting millions of visitors every summer.
In 1991 Jane's Addiction front man, Perry Farrell, began planning a farewell show when he had a Jerry Maguire-like epiphany; to create a larger-than-life musical roadshow.
The idea became "Lollapalooza" and the first show featured a lineup as wild as the name with established but unalike headliners like Ice-T and Nine Inch Nails.
Today, Lollaplooza has kept true to its roots, featuring up-and-coming artists and nationally-recognized headliners. Spanning over a hundred acres across the green space of Grant Park and featuring over 130 bands, "Lolla" has become one of the largest, most popular music festivals of its kind.
As the largest festival in Chicago and the largest food festival in the world, the Taste of Chicago attracts millions of visitors and dozens of food vendors to Grant Park every summer. In addition to food offerings and pop-up shops from local restaurants, the Taste also has live music, rides and special events. The five day event has become a blue print and inspiration for similar city event throughout the country.
Chicago is sometimes referred to as the "Blues Capital of the World" and to prove it, the city hosts an amazing lineup of up-and-coming artists and nationally recognized headliners. The largest, free blues festival in the world attracts more than 500,000 music fans to Grant Park every June. Past performers include legends like Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, and Buddy Guy.