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Grant Park Music Festival - Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony | Free Music Festivals in Chicago This Summer

6/19/12 | by

Grant Park Music Festival, the nation’s only FREE outdoor classical music series, takes place this Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:30pm. With the weather getting warmer outside and the daylight lasting into the evenings, summertime in Chicago brings people outside to enjoy live music.

Now in its 78th season, Grant Park Music Festival is set to enchant audiences with Mozart’s “Symphony No. 41, Jupiter” as well as Strauss’ “Don Juan” and Britten’s “Piano Concerto”. Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, along with the Grant Park Orchestra and pianist Steven Osborne, brings these musical performances to life.

You and yours can grab spots in the Seating Bowl, or spread out a blanket and have a picnic on the Great Lawn. Wherever you are, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion has been designed to deliver extraordinary sound with its state-of-the-art acoustic system. In the background, the starry sky and Chicago skyline stand majestically and give audiences a breathtaking backdrop to the music.

The Jay Pritzker Pavilion Millennium Park is located at 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601. This event is free for all ages.


You might be wondering about what other free festivals are happening in Chicago. Grant Park Music Festival is only one of numerous free festivals in Chicago. We've rounded up a list so that you know where to be when all the fun and music is here.

  • Chicago Gospel Music Festival - This free festival runs from June 21-24 in several locations around Chicago. Opening night promises to be quite lively with a preview of Regina Taylor's musical "Crowns"! This preview will be performed at Millennium Park. Other feature performances throughout the festival will include JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Mary Mary, Take 6, Blind Boys of Alabama and Grammy award winner Fred Hammond.
  • Make Music Chicago - On Thursday, June 21, the 2nd annual Make Music Chicago hosts a free, daylong music fest. Those who like to play music are encouraged to gather for spontaneous music-making sessions in public spaces. Artists can meet at Lincoln Park Zoo, Millennium Park, Navy Pier, Daley Plaza, the Music Institute of Chicago and numerous other locations. The conclusion to this musical day will take place at St. James Cathedral from 5:15pm- 9pm, and features a concert by Fulcrum Point New Music Project.

In addition to these free music festivals in Chicago, check out our list of more free things to do in Chicago.