Music in the Park: Millennium Park Music Series 2011

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 23 – July 25, 6:30pm
What: Eclectic music discoveries of cutting-edge rock and pop
Who: Performances from Bonnie Prince Billy featuring the Cairo Gang & Eleventh Dream Day, Justin Townes Earle, Andrew Willams and the Goldstars, Iron & Wine, Seefal, Delicate Steve, Phosephorescent, Low, Kings Go Forth, and many more.
Grant Park Music Festival
When: Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, June 15 – August 20
What: More than 30 concerts featuring the Grant Park Orchestra & Chorus
Who: Performances include the works of Vivaldi, Beethoven, Sibelius, Petrushka, and more.
Music Without Borders
When: Thursdays, June 9 – July 21
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 28 – September 1
What: Jazz concerts with a distinctly Chicago flavor
Who: Performances include Otis Clay, Howard Levy, Trio Globo, Ryan Cohan, Geof Bradfield, and more.
Dusk Variations
When: Mondays, August 1 – 22
What: Experimental classical music mixed with electronica, rock and avant-garde
Who: Performances from Turtle Island Quartet, Rasputina, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Third Coast Percussion, and more.

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

Jackie Berkery

About Jackie Berkery

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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