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.
June 21, 2019For Clear SkiesFor FreeFor the Whole Family
Cities all over the world have put on their own summer solstice music festivals, but the City of Big Shoulders goes especially big with its take. This annual celebration encompasses hundreds of free performances and workshops across the city.
June 22, 2019For Free
Chicago-based ensemble D-Composed returns with a new, free classical program that draws from "jazz, pop, and blues" at the newly-opened Green Line Performing Arts Center.
June 27, 2019filmFor the Whole Family
The Boy Who Lived returns to Symphony Center, continuing the CSO’s season-spanning live performances of the book-turned-film franchise’s score (here by John Williams).
July 5, 2019For Clear Skies
“Like father, like son” is no empty cliche for Jeffrey and Gabriel Kahane: Jeffrey is a fêted concert pianist whose roots are in folk and rock music, and his son Gabriel is both a singer-songwriter and composer.
July 10, 2019filmFor Clear SkiesFor FreeFor the Whole Family
Millennium Park will start to look an awful lot like the Emerald City in July's screening of this pioneering Technicolor classic, with the Grant Park Festival Orchestra giving Herbert Stothart’s iconic score the full-orchestra treatment.
August 10, 2019For Clear SkiesFor the Whole Family
What’s billed as the world’s only classical music street festival returns for its fourth iteration, featuring food trucks, drinks, and vendors, plus music performances by Chicago Ensemble, ~Nois, Zafa Collective, and more.