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Grant Park Music Festival

Grant Park Music Festival (Chicago, IL)

205 East Randolph Drive

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(June 13 – August 18, 2012) Chicago’s favorite free summer-concert series, the Grant Park Music Festival is conveniently located in Millennium Park, right by the Loop. Over 10 weeks, evening concerts featuring the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus are held in the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, where Chicagoans picnic and enjoy the state-of-the-art sound out on the lawn (festival donors can get priority seating closer to the stage).

On selected Saturdays, the concerts are preceded by a CoffeeTalk discussion about the evening’s program in the Choral Hall (on the east side of the Pavilion) and on some Wednesdays a TalkBack with artists and festival organizers follows the concert right in front of the Pavilion stage. Free daytime “open-rehearsals” are also available for groups, with docents on hand to talk about the music and field questions.

Grant Park Music Festival Information

  • Public Transportation: Good
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: 10 weeks of free (mostly classical) music performances from mid-June to mid-August each year. The Festival takes place in venues at Millennium Park, with most concerts being in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Schedule varies, with performances generally given Wednesday through Sunday
  • Ticket Prices: Free admission. Priority seating for members
  • Ticketing for Groups: For groups of 20 or more, call 312-744-4159 to reserve seats
  • Membership: Memberships start at $80. Membership benefits include reserved seating and special discounts.