Grant Park Music Festival returns to Chicago this summer – NBC Chicago

Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival returns to Millennium Park this summer for its 90th season, featuring free public performances and performances from big names in the city’s music scene, including award-winning rapper Common.

The concerts will be led by the Grant Park Orchestra and the Grant Park Chorus, and will take place primarily on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the 10-week run, according to a city news release. The concerts start on June 12.

According to officials, the performances will take place at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30 PM and on Saturdays at 7:30 PM. Special indoor concerts will take place June 28-29 and August 2-3 at the Harris Theater. Additional concerts will take place on June 27 and July 4 at 6:30 PM

All performances in Millennium Park are first come, first served, free seating in the main bowl or on the Great Lawn.
Concertgoers can also choose to purchase a six-night, four-night, or one-night concert member pass, which allows them to enjoy benefits such as reserved seating, admission to concert receptions, and discounts on parking.

One-night concert tickets start at $27, while four-night concert packages start at $103, according to the festival’s website.

Carlos Kalmar will be artistic director and chief conductor of the festival for the last time this year, ending a 24-year period for the festival.

According to the release, he will open the 2024 season leading the Grant Park Orchestra in Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.

Grammy Award-winning rapper and Chicago native Common will perform with the Grant Park Orchestra on July 20 at 7:30 p.m.

For this event only, reservations are required to take a seat in the free part of the seating bowl. Ticket reservations open June 6 at 10 a.m on the festival website.

Anyone who wants to sit on the large lawn can still do so for free and without a reservation. To sit closer to the stage, premium seats can be purchased for $125.

Other highlights planned for the summer include the annual Independence Day Salute on July 4, “Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams” on July 19 and Beethoven Symphony No. 5 on July 24.

The festival will also continue its tradition of educational experiences, including the pre-concert talks series, which facilitates conversations between musical guests and audience members. In addition, the public can attend the Young Artist Showcase Series on Friday at 5:30 p.m., featuring performances by students from local music schools and summer music programs.

The full festival schedule can be found on the Grant Park Music Festival website.

For those unable to attend the concerts in person, ten of this summer’s performances will air on 98.7WFMT and on the station’s website.