Free Summer Concerts

Grant Park Orchestra and Grant Park Chorus performing at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, for the Grant Park Music Festival

If you love music, summer is an especially great time to be in Chicago. You are likely to find a free concert almost every day during the summer. All of the summer concert series shown below have free admission. Enjoy!

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Multiple Days



Sunday




The Bells of Summer
Location:
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago
Dates:
June 24–August 19, 2018*
Time:
5 p.m.



Monday




Millennium Park Summer Music Series
Location: Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 East Randolph Street, Chicago
Dates: June 18–August 16, 2018*
(Mondays and Thursdays, except as noted on website)
Time: 6:30 p.m.



Tuesday




Rush Hour Concerts
Location: St. James Cathedral, 65 East Huron Street, Chicago
Dates: June 5–August 28, 2018*
Time: 5:45 p.m.–6:15 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m. and pre-concert conversation begins at 5:15 p.m.)

Tuesdays on the Terrace
Location: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Dates: June 5–September 25, 2018*
Time: 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m.



Wednesday




Wiggleworms
Location: Navy Pier, City Stage in Polk Bros Park, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago
Dates: June 20–August 24, 2018*
(Wednesdays and Fridays, except Wednesday, July 4, 2018*)
Time: 10 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Summer Nights in Edgewater
Location: Edgewater Historical Society Museum, 5358 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago
(in the garden behind the museum)
Dates: July 11–August 29, 2018*
Time: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.



Thursday




Harper Court Summer Music Series
Location: Harper Court, 5235 South Harper Court, Chicago
Dates: June 7–August 2, 2018* (first Thursdays)
Time: 6 p.m.–9 p.m.

Lincoln Square Summer Concert Series
Location: Giddings Plaza, 4731 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago
Dates: June 7–August 30, 2018*
Time: 6:30 p.m.–9 p.m.

Thursday Night Jazz
Location: Art Institute of Chicago, McKinlock Court, 111 South Michigan Avenue/159 East Monroe Street, Chicago
(located on the lower level, outside the Museum Café)
Dates: June 7–July 26, 2018*
Time: 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

Millennium Park Summer Music Series
Location: Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 East Randolph Street, Chicago
Dates: June 18–August 16, 2018*
(Mondays and Thursdays, except as noted on website)
Time: 6:30 p.m.

NewCity Lincoln Park Summer Concert Series
Location: NewCity Plaza, North Halsted Street and North Clybourn Avenue, Chicago
Dates: June 28–August 30, 2018*
Time: 7 p.m.–9 p.m.



Friday




Jazz in the Courtyard
Location: Courtyard Shops at Hyde Park Shopping Center,
East 55th Street and South Lake Park Avenue, Chicago
Dates: June 1–September 7, 2018* (first Fridays)
Time: 12 noon–2 p.m.

Wiggleworms
Location: Navy Pier, City Stage in Polk Bros Park, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago
Dates: June 20–August 24, 2018*
(Wednesdays and Fridays, except Wednesday, July 4, 2018*)
Time: 10 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Water Colors
Location: Navy Pier, Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago
Dates: July 6–August 24, 2018*
(Fridays, except as noted on website)
Time: 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m., except as noted on website



Saturday




If you are aware of a free Chicago summer concert series on Saturday, please send the information via DM using Twitter (@InspiredChicago).



Multiple Days




Live on the Lake!
Location: Navy Pier, Miller Lite Beer Garden, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago
Dates: May 25–September 2, 2018*
(multiple days each week)
Time: Concert times vary. Follow the above link to view the schedule.

Grant Park Music Festival
Location: Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 East Randolph Street, Chicago (primary location)
There are some performances at other locations. Use the above link to view the schedule.
Dates: June 13–August 18, 2018*
(multiple days each week)
Time: Concert times vary. Follow the above link to view the schedule.

Millennium Park Summer Music Series
Location: Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 East Randolph Street, Chicago
Dates: June 18–August 16, 2018*
(Mondays and Thursdays, except as noted on website)
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Wiggleworms
Location: Navy Pier, City Stage in Polk Bros Park, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago
Dates: June 20–August 24, 2018*
(Wednesdays and Fridays, except Wednesday, July 4, 2018*)
Time: 10 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Chicago SummerDance
Location: Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden, 601 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
and other Chicago Park District locations (follow the above link to view the schedule)
Dates: June 27–August 24, 2019
Time: Times vary. Follow the above link to view the schedule.



If you are aware of a free Chicago summer concert series that has not been included on this page, please send the information via DM using Twitter (@InspiredChicago).

*Summer concert series that have not been updated with information for 2019 will be updated when organizers announce the information for 2019.

Looking for more music? Check out the Music Festivals page to find upcoming music festivals in Chicago.