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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Read about items allowed on festival grounds, the list of food vendors, festival activities & more.

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Is there an admission fee to get into the grounds of the Chicago Gospel Music Festival?

No, admission is free to the public for all performances and festival areas. No tickets are required.

Can I save seats in the Pavilion?

General seating in the Pavilion and on the Great Lawn is available on a first-come, first-served basis. In the seating bowl, you may save only one seat prior to the start of each show. Once the show has started, you must relinquish your seat. Please note that Millennium Park reserves the right to close the seating bowl and Great Lawn due to reaching capacity and appreciates your cooperation in ensuring the safety and enjoyment of your concert-going experience.

Who can I contact for Lost & Found?

To inquire about lost or found items in the park, please call 312.744.6050.

Are recording devices allowed during a concert?

Photography, video or recording devices are prohibited at all concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

Is smoking allowed?

Smoking is prohibited in the seating area of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Great Lawn, the Lurie Garden, the east and west arcades by the restrooms and the east and west Exelon Buildings.

What food vendors will be participating in the Gospel Music Festival?

A list of participating restaurants will be announced at a later date. Visit chicagogospelmusicfestival.us for the latest update.

Are outside food and drinks allowed?

During festival performances, outside food and alcohol may be consumed in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion seating area and Great Lawn. 

Millennium Park is the perfect place for a picnic and a night of music and dining al fresco. However, in order to ensure that events are enjoyable for all attendees and to protect the lawn from wear and tear, please respect the Jay Pritzker Pavilion rules below that include NO tents, oversized umbrellas, oversized blankets or plastic tarps, helium balloons, oversized flags, signs/banners, barbeque grills, open flame candles or staking of any kind are not allowed on the Great Lawn area.

What is the rain policy?

Performances are held rain or shine, unless there are severe weather warnings and/or threats of lightning in the area. Follow @Millennium_Park and @ChicagoDCASE for any cancellation updates via social media.

What items are prohibited from being brought onto festival grounds?

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • BBQ Grills (Open Flames)
  • Fireworks or Explosives
  • Illegal Substances & Weapons
  • Pop-up Tents/Canopies
  • Beach/Picnic Umbrellas
  • Flag Poles
  • All Pets (except Service Animals)

Failure to comply with the above may result in entry being denied. All containers will be subject to search. Bicycles, skateboards or rollerblades may not be ridden on festival grounds.

What accessibility services are available?

Visit the Accessibility FAQs page at chicagogospelmusicfestival.us for information.

What is the best way to get to the festival locations using public transportation?

For route planners, maps and fare details for CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) buses and trains, visit transitchicago.com. For regional transit schedules, maps and fare details for Metra's suburban commuter train, visit metrarail.com.


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