It’s no secret that we’re home to dozens of nationally recognized venues. However, the professionals aren’t the only ones making noise in Chicago. School is back in session and the thousands of student musicians that call this city home are back in action. Several of these universities offer beautiful concert halls and top-notch student and faculty performances.
Nestled amongst a bevy of Lincoln Park venues like Lincoln Hall and Kingston Mines, the DePaul University School of Music’s former chapel turned concert hall (800 W. Belden Ave.) houses the university’s many ensemble, symphony and faculty performances. Students and professors come from all corners of the country to be a part of the music school. Hear why at one of the concert hall’s scheduled fall performances.
Located in the heart of the downtown area, Columbia College’s Music Center (1014 S. Michigan Ave.) showcases the wide variety of student musicians that pass through Columbia’s campus. It’s no surprise that music has such a strong emphasis at this art-central school. The sounds of jazz, classical and vocal ensemble performances and recitals can be heard year round in the Center’s concert hall.
Just a short drive north in Evanston, Northwestern University boasts a prominent musical presence in the community. The Pick-Staiger Concert Hall (50 Arts Circle Dr.) is the centerpiece of the Bienen School of Music’s centerpiece. With so much talent in both the student body and faculty, the Pick-Staiger’s calendar is never short, even at the beginning of the school year. Catch one of the many solo, ensemble and orchestral performances from both the instrumental and choral departments of the school.
Switch things up by checking out the up-and-coming musicians in the city before they hit the professional circuit. You never know who's going to be the next big thing.