Free Outdoor Concerts in Chicago

Free Outdoor Concerts

Plan your summer concert schedule with our calendar of free outdoor concerts in Chicago! There's nothing like hearing your favorite performers in person. What makes it even better is when that live music is outdoors, under blue skies or twinkling stars. But the best way to experience live music is when it's outdoors and it's free! Check out all of the upcoming Free Outdoor Concerts in Chicago. Please note that some of the festivals are technically free but request a suggested donation for admission.

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Free Outdoor Concerts in Chicago

Grant Park
Columbus & Balbo, Chicago, IL
How Much: 
Free

Come join us this summer as the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space.

June 23, 2017 - September 9, 2017

6:30pm

Millennium Park
205 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60202
How Much: 
Free

For more than 80 years, the Grant Park Music Festival has been Chicago’s summer musical sensation, demonstrating that classical music can have a transformative impact on the city.

June 14, 2017 - August 19, 2017

6:30pm

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022
How Much: 
Free; $25 parking

Enjoy an enchanting one-hour musical performance of carillon bells on a warm summer evening and watch lights illuminate Evening Island.

June 5, 2017 - September 4, 2017

7:00pm

Park at Wrigley
3637 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613
How Much: 
Free

Join teaching artists from Old Town School of Folk Music’s acclaimed Wiggleworms® program for a lively interactive arts experience.

June 27, 2017 - August 22, 2017

10:00am to 10:45am

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
How Much: 
Free

Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA's Anne and John Kern Terrace and sculpture garden with our annual summer performance series highlighting artists from Chicago's jazz community.

June 13, 2017 - September 26, 2017

5:30pm to 8:00pm

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022
How Much: 
Free; $25 parking

Each Tuesday evening brings a different kind of music, from big band to swing to bluegrass. Watch the sun set over the Smith Fountain.

June 6, 2017 - August 29, 2017

6:00pm

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022
How Much: 
Free; $25 parking

Dancin' Sprouts provides free musical entertainment for kids! Bring the whole family and enjoy live music in this idyllic summer setting.

June 7, 2017 - August 30, 2017

5:30pm

The Shops at Roosevelt Collection
150 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60605
How Much: 
Free Admission

From Disco, Jazz and R&B to a Kid Band, Pop and Hip-Hop… The Free Summer Concert Series at Roosevelt Collection Starts June 1st

June 1, 2017 - August 31, 2017

6:00pm

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022
How Much: 
Free; $25 parking

Bring your dancing friends and kick it up a notch with high-energy music as you dance (or listen) to the upbeat tempo of a host of diverse genres.

June 8, 2017 - August 31, 2017

6:00pm

NEWCITY Lincoln Park
1457 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60642
How Much: 
FREE!

Taking place within the beautifully landscaped plaza of Chicago’s newest lifestyle destination, NEWCITY’s summer concerts will be free to guests every Thursday evening 7 – 9 p.m. from June 29 – Aug 31

June 29, 2017 - August 31, 2017

7:00pm

MB Financial Park in Rosemont
5501 Park Place, Rosemont, IL 66018
How Much: 
FREE

MB Financial Park will celebrate the summer season with the return of the “Rockin’ in the Park” free summer concert series.

May 28, 2017 - August 31, 2017

7:00pm to 10:00pm

Indian Boundary Park
2500 W Lunt Ave, Chicago, IL 60645
How Much: 
Free

Project Inclusion String Quartet

June 29, 2017

7:00pm

Lawrence & Broadway, Chicago, IL
How Much: 
$5 suggested donation benefits the Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown

Top local and national ribbers will again mix saucy slab offerings that are complemented with an eclectic music lineup at this 9th annual festival.

June 30, 2017 - July 2, 2017

12:00pm

Millennium Park
205 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60202
How Much: 
Free

Join Goose Island Beer Company this summer for Friday Night Live on The Plaza at Millennium Park.

June 2, 2017 - August 25, 2017

4:30pm

Hard Rock Cafe Chicago
63 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654
How Much: 
No cover

Chicago’s al fresco season has begun and Hard Rock Cafe continues its Summer Patio Acoustic Series, on Fridays from 6-8 p.m. on the outdoor patio.

June 16, 2017 - September 1, 2017

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Grant Park
Columbus & Balbo, Chicago, IL
How Much: 
Free; concert tickets $15 - $50 (lawn seating free)

Taste of Chicago is the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community.

July 5, 2017 - July 9, 2017

11:00am to 9:00pm

Chicago and Damen, Chicago, IL
How Much: 
$5 donation

West Fest is an annual street festival in Chicago’s West Town Community on Chicago Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street.

July 7, 2017 - July 9, 2017

5:00pm

St. Benedict Parish
2215 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60618
How Much: 
Free ($5 Gate Donation requested)

BenFest is an annual North Side family-friendly event that highlights a large menu of great food and refreshments, craft beer, live music for adults and children, and quality family entertainment.

July 14, 2017 - July 16, 2017

4:00pm

Lycée Français de Chicago
1929 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL
How Much: 
Free Admission

Whether you're French or simply love French culture, come celebrate with us the National French Day on July 14th! French entertainment, movie screening, and raffle prizes: fun for the whole family!

July 14, 2017

5:30pm to 11:00pm

7600 Madison Ave , Forest Park , IL 60130
How Much: 
Free ($5 suggested donation)

Giving Forest Park residents the chance to enjoy all that the western suburb has to offer, the 2017 Forest Park Music Fest will take place on Madison Street.

July 21, 2017 - July 23, 2017

5:00pm

Millennium Park
205 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60202
How Much: 
Free

Enjoy this free concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, offering a sampling of the best of Broadway in the heart of Chicago, headlined by the casts of upcoming

August 14, 2017

6:15pm


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