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 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.
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.
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.
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