Music in the Park: The Millennium Park Summer Concert Series 2010

millennium park concerts at jay pritzker pavilion
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The Jay Pritzker Pavilion is a summertime hub for music lovers. Thanks to a handful of sponsors, the City of Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs play host to the Summer Celebration in Millennium Park each year. Chicagoans flock to the Loop every night of the week (and even some afternoons) for a uniquely Chicago experience: great music in an even better setting.

This year there are a variety of concerts, including everything from indie rock to hip-hop to classical music. Best of all, the concerts are free! So, grab a bottle of wine, a blanket and a few friends and head to Millennium Park. There’s nothing more true to Chicago summers than listening to good music in one of the city’s most beautiful landscapes with the towering skyline as a backdrop. Oh, and beware of spontaneous dance parties!

Check out the various concert series going on this summer:

Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays
When: Mondays, May 24 – July 26
What: Eclectic music discoveries of cutting-edge rock and pop
Who: Performances from She & Him, Via Tania, Great Lake Swimmers, Hunstville, The Budos Band, Konono No. 1, and many more.
Grant Park Music Festival
When: Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, June 16 – August 21
What: More than 30 concerts featuring the Grant Park Orchestra & Chorus
Who: Performances include the works of Vivaldi, Beethoven, Sibelius, Petrushka, and more.
Edible Audible Music
When: Mondays & Some Saturdays, June 7 – September 4
What: Lunchtime with live bands, DJs and electronic music artists
Who: Performances from The Cool Kids, Dosh, Nice Nice, High Places, VHS or Beta DJs, and more.
Music Without Borders
When: Thursdays, June 3 – July 22
What: Sample international music with concerts that span the entire globe
Who: Performances include music from Mexico, Haiti, Europe and more.
Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz
When: Thursdays, July 29 – September 2
What: Jazz concerts with a distinctly Chicago flavor
Who: Performances include Tortoise 2.0, Toumani Diabete and the Chicago Transilience Ensemble, Latin Inferno: James Sanders Conjunto Project, and more.
Dusk Variations
When: Mondays, August 2 – 23
What: Experimental classical music mixed with electronica, rock and avant-garde
Who: Performances from Portland Cello Project, Victoire, Lost in the Trees, Clare and the Reasons, and more.

For more information and a complete listing of all shows, visit

Jackie Berkery

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With a strong phobia of cubicles and those three little words (“nine to five”), I am thrilled to be working on UPchicago from the comforts of my own couch at three o’clock in the morning. I love to write. I love Chicago. Hello, dream job!


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