Music

No matter what type of music you enjoy or what type of setting you like to enjoy it in, you will find it in Chicago!

Check out the events below and see what Chicago has to offer!


Music Festivals


Sitarist Josh Feinberg performing at World Music Festival Chicago

Chicago is host to a variety of festivals celebrating music as the main focus. Many of the festivals are free! Visit the Music Festivals page to discover upcoming events.


Free Summer Concert Series


Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone; David Boykin, saxophone; Joshua Abrams, double bass; and Frank Rosaly, drums; performing at the Museum of Contemporary Art's Tuesdays on the Terrace in Chicago, Illinois

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. Visit the Free Summer Concerts page to find a summer concert series.


Other Regular Concerts


Pianist Samuel Deason performing during a Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois

These free concerts are held year-round or are presented by a university and are held during the academic year. Visit the links below to learn more about each concert series. Enjoy!

Chamber Mondays
Chamber Monday concerts are held the first and fourth Mondays of each month. The Chicago Chamber Musicians organize the concerts for the first Monday of each month. Musicians Club of Women award winners perform on the fourth Monday of each month.
Location: Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 East Washington Street, Chicago
Time: 12:15 p.m.–1 p.m.

Tea & Pipes
Tea & Pipes is a weekly recital on the E.M. Skinner organ. Performances are held on Tuesdays during the academic year.
Location: The University of Chicago, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago
Times: 4 p.m. (tea) and 4:30 p.m. (music)

Third Tuesday Jazz
This performance series features local jazz musicians selected by the Hyde Park Jazz Society.
Location: Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Café Logan, 915 East 60th Street, Chicago
Times: 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. (first set) and 9 p.m.–10 p.m. (second set)

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
These concerts are held on Wednesdays throughout the year.
Location: Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 East Washington Street, Chicago
Time: 12:15 p.m.–1 p.m.

Tea Time Concert Series
This Thursday concert series, held during the academic year, features a wide variety of musical genres, instruments, and repertoire selections performed by student, faculty, and professional musicians.
Location: The University of Chicago, Goodspeed Hall, Fulton Recital Hall, 1010 East 59th Street, Chicago
Times: 4:15 p.m. (tea and cookies) and 4:30 p.m. (concert)

Fourth Presbyterian Church Noonday Concerts
These Friday concerts are held in Buchanan Chapel, in the Sanctuary, or by the fountain in the courtyard (July and August, weather permitting).
Location: Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 East Chestnut Street, Chicago
Time: 12:10 p.m.

JazzCity
This series of jazz performances takes place on first or second Fridays in neighborhoods throughout Chicago. Check the schedule for details.
Location: Various
Time: 7 p.m. (except the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival)

Second Saturday at Two
Friends of the Windows hosts these classical programs featuring professional vocalists and instrumentalists that are held on the second Saturday of each month from September through May.
Location: Saint James Chapel, Archbishop Quigley Center, 835 North Rush Street, Chicago
Time: 2 p.m.–3 p.m.