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OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS IN CHICAGO

Alfresco fever can be cured with a trip to Chicago's outdoor summer concerts: from Wrigley Field and Soldier Field stadium shows to Ravinia and Millennium Park performances.

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In the summertime, catching your favorite music performers is imperative. There are several big name concerts beginning in the month of May and continuing into September. Listen to catchy tunes at some of Chicago's unique outdoor venues like Wrigley Field, Soldier Field and Ravinia Festival. Check out concerts for top chart Billboard artists below!

 

SOLDIER FIELD CONCERTS

One of the largest outdoor venues in Chicago and home to the Chicago Bears football team, Soldier Field Stadium definitely sets the stage for music performances in the Windy City. The historic stadium is located on Lake Michigan just south of downtown. Big time artists such as Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift have previously entertained fans in this sports stadium by the lake front.

Visit soldierfield.net for the 2016 concert lineup, which includes:

Beyoncé
May 27 & 28

Guns N' Roses
July 1 & 3

Coldplay
July 23 & 24

 

WRIGLEY FIELD CONCERTS

Home to the Chicago Cubs baseball team, Wrigley Field is an iconic Chicago venue in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. The stadium plays host to various special events, and their summer concerts are a great way to experience the baseball field from a different perspective. Jimmy Buffet, The Police and the Foo Fighters are just a few of the previous summer concerts that Wrigley has hosted since 2005.

The 2016 schedule includes:

Phish
June 24 & 25

James Taylor
June 30

Pearl Jam
August 20 & 22

Billy Joel
August 26

Luke Bryan
August 27

 

NORTHERLY ISLAND CONCERTS

Part of Chicago's Museum Campus, this man-made peninsula along the lake front also plays host to several big events each summer at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion. Barenaked Ladies and Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters were part of last year's summer line-up.

Visit livenation.com for a list of concerts at Northerly Island. Highlights of the 2016 schedule include: 

Chris Stapleton
June 2

Steely Dan with Steve Winwood
June 11

Windy City LakeShake
June 17-19

Sublime with Rome
July 17

Heart with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Cheap Trick
July 19

Goo Goo Dolls
July 26

Josh Groban
August 9

Carnival of Madness Tour featuring Shinedown
August 16

Counting Crows & Rob Thomas
August 24

 

MILLENNIUM PARK CONCERTS

Jay Pritzker Pavilion is a popular tourist spot for workout programs and dance lessons, a wide variety of musical and dance performances, outdoor movie viewing, and other special events. It is located in the heart of Chicago at Millennium Park. In addition to the many festivals hosted here, including the Millennium Park Summer Music Series, Grant Park Music Festival and the Chicago Jazz Festival, special headlining concerts include:

Flight of the Conchords
June 19

Wilco
August 21

Andrew Bird
September 7

 

HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATRE CONCERTS

Located in Chicago's southwest suburb of Tinley Park, Illinois, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre opened in 1990 and has an approximate attendance of 400,000 fans per year. It is recognized as one of the biggest amphitheater venues in America and boasts the unique feature of having elevated, private skyboxes. This historic venue has hosted a vast array of artists from legendary acts to modern music. A sample of the many past performances at the amphitheater includes: Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, Blake Shelton, Aerosmith and Bruno Mars.

Visit livenation.com for a list of concerts at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. Highlights of the 2016 schedule include:

Dierks Bentley
May 21

Florence and the Machine
June 12

Jimmy Buffett
June 25

Def Leppard
July 2

Weezer and Panic! At The Disco
July 10

Miranda Lambert
July 29

Gwen Stefani
August 6

Journey & The Doobie Brothers
August 13

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa
August 16

Black Sabbath
September 4

 

RAVINIA FESTIVAL CONCERTS

Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois is the summer home for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and annually holds a summer concert series, known as the oldest outdoor music festival in the U.S. The festival is located in Ravinia Park with an outside pavilion and two indoor performance halls. Many famous musical performers have taken stage at Ravinia, including The Beach Boys, Ella Fitzgerald, Hall & Oates and Chicago.

Visit ravinia.org for a list of concerts at Ravinia Festival. Highlights of the 2016 schedule include: 

Paul Simon
June 18

Patti LaBelle
June 23

Bob Dylan
June 24

Indigo Girls
July 1

Duran Duran
July 8 & 9

Kenny Rogers
July 24

Diana Ross
July 27

Dolly Parton
August 7

Tony Bennett
August 13

Don Henley
August 14 & 15

Go-Go's
August 19

Ms. Lauryn Hill
September 1

Bonnie Raitt
September 3

O.A.R.
September 4

 

TOYOTA PARK CONCERTS

Toyota Park in Bridegeview, Illinois (only 15 miles from Chicago's Loop) is the heart of soccer for much of the Midwest and a must-see destination for world-class concerts and other sporting events. Each year, more than a half million people go by the stadium's trademark brick arch, many achieving or reliving what has become a rite of passage for sports and music fans alike. The 2016 music schedule includes:

Porky's Rib Fest
June 16-19

Chicago Open Air
July 15-17


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