25 Nov 2015
Since 2004, Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion bandshell has hosted high-class outdoor concerts for free across a spectrum of styles. Just a few blocks north of Buckingham Fountain, the pavilion is home to the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, performing classical and opera music for downtown concertgoers on beautiful summer evenings. In addition to the high-brow sounds of centuries past, the park also plans an assortment of series: Downtown Sound featuring indie, soul, rock, hip hop, Americana, and more Loops and Variations, focusing on electronic and beat-driven music; and Made in Chicago: World-Class Jazz, booking some of the city’s most talented jazz artists in many subgenres. For even more free music and culture, attendees can check out the annual World Music Festival.
The pavilion itself is a thing of beauty, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. There are thousands of seats up front and a massive lawn area for thousands more (total capacity: 11,000), and thanks to a big-screen view and speakers throughout, the experience on the lawn is nearly as good—not to mention conducive to summer picnics. If you’re heading down, whether for music or another event, your best bet is taking the train to the Loop and walking a few blocks east. If you’re coming from the suburbs and don’t want to take the Metra, there’s underground parking for a semi-exorbitant rate.
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