Top 5 Places to Hear Live Music in Chicago This Summer

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Chicago is home to top musicians of a variety of genres. From jazz to classical to rock and roll, many Chicago residents enjoy spending summer evenings listening to live music. Here are some of the most popular outdoor concert series and music festivals you can catch before the summer ends!

Grant Park Music Festival

Classical music enthusiasts can celebrate the 15th anniversary of Millennium Park by attending free performances by the Grant Park Orchestra during the Grant Park Music Festival. Concerts are conducted by Carlos Kalmar and feature a variety of soloists. Performances are at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion most evenings through August 17.  

Jazzin’ at the Shedd

Combine your love of music with a visit to see some of Chicago’s most beautiful sea creatures at Jazzin’ at the Shedd! This event showcases local jazz ensembles on the terrace of the Shedd Aquarium every Wednesday evening from 5:00-10:00 p.m. throughout the summer. Admission is free for Aquarium members and $19.95 for other Chicago residents.

Lincoln Square Summer Concert Series

The Lincoln Square Summer Concert Series treats listeners to a variety of genres. If you enjoy rock, blues, pop, or jazz music, you’re sure to find a new favorite band this summer. Performances take place every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. until the end of August. 

North Coast Music Festival

The North Coast Music Festival takes place at the Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island every Labor Day weekend. This festival features everything from hip-hop to indie-rock music, and tickets are available online.   

Water Colors

And lastly, Water Colors is a jazz concert series presented by the Jazz Institute of Chicago and Navy Pier. Both well-known and up-and-coming local jazz artists take the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park on Friday evenings throughout the summer. Also, each 90-minute performance is free.

Find More Live Music in Chicago

Ultimately, outdoor live music in Chicago is playing nearly every night during the summer. Make plans to attend one of these concerts or music festivals today, then contact us to learn about more nearby performances and other events that make our location a great place to live!    

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