WFMT’s Musical Chicago Summer Guide

By Hannah Edgar |

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Few will argue that summer is the best season to be in Chicago. The same could be said for its musical offerings — the city’s off-season is not only as vibrant as the rest of the year, but includes an incredible diversity of concert experiences. That’s where this interactive guide comes in. We know that every listener is different, so we’ve assembled a few top picks across different categories. Are you an avid picnicker? Looking for something to do with the kids? We’ve got it all, plus something everyone loves: free concerts.


August 21, 2019
In this performance, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Clarinet Trevor O’Riordan will perform works by Mozart and Weber alongside his string colleagues.
August 23, 2019
For the Whole Family
Barrington native Stephanie Block returns from Miami’s New World Symphony for a homecoming concert of viola works alongside pianist Natalie Vargas Nedvetsky.
August 24, 2019
For the Whole Family
Known for his Punjabi-Sufi music, Dr. Satinder Sartaaj is a Punjabi composer, singer, and poet. Hear his original Sufi folk music as he performs in Chicago’s historic Copernicus Center.
August 24, 2019
For the Whole Family
The London Gay Symphonic Winds will perform at the Studebaker Theater for the Chicago stop on their world tour.
August 25, 2019
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The Lakeside Pride Brass Quintet is performing — you guessed it — at the lakeside! With a soundtrack of peppy brass, catch some rays by Lake Michigan at Berger Park.
September 4, 2019
Travel the world with this program featuring classical interpretations of folk music from diverse traditions.