Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

Millennium Park combines nature, art and architecture. It's one of the most beautiful places in the world." It's crowning centerpiece, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion is a truly spectacular place to enjoy a summer concert and Chicago knows it. That's exactly why the Park stocks its summer schedule full of truly impressive musical performances. 

Downtown Sound (Mondays from May 27 - July 29, 2013)

Downtown Sound Downtown Sounds is Millennium Park's premier free concert series, bringing in sounds from all over the country with a few local opening acts to showcase Chicago's sounds. This year Downtown Sounds's diversity continues with rock, folk, rap (Rhymesayers' spunky female Dessa, performing July 29) and everything in between. For a full schedule, click here

Grant Park Music Festival (June 12 - August 17)

Grant Park Music Festival Rock, rap and pop music seem to have taken over the summer music festival scene, but Chicago's not keen on settling for the usual genres. For nearly 80 years the Grant Park Music Festival has brought classical music into the spotlight and existed as the nation's only free outdoor classical music series. Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar and Chorus Director Christopher Bell curate a summer full of picnic-worthy concerts in the park. For a full listing of performances, click here.

Loops & Variations (Thursdays from June 13 - July 18 & Sunday, August 18, 2013)

Millennium Park Great Lawn Electronic music usually sparks connotations of neon-clad teens at 3 a.m. raves, but truthfully that's the only setting in which this music thrives. One of Millennium Park's newest music series Loops & Variations is already drawing lots of attention and big crowds. If family friendly acts like Fatty DL and Dan Deacon don't get your toes tapping, nothing will. To find out who'll be performing at Loops & Variations this summer, click here

Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz (Thursdays from July 25 - August 29, 2013)

Great Lawn at Pritzker Pavilion
Jazz music and the city of Chicago have long had a symbiotic relationship and it's helped shape the local music scene as a whole. So a special celebration of the genre seems fit. This year Made In Chicago: World Class Jazz seeks to highlight the influences of Latin, African and even rock music on jazz music throughout history. The month-long series kicks off July 25 with local jazz and R&B queen Dee Alexander's jazzed up tribute to James Brown and Jimi Hendrix. For a full list of concerts, click here.

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