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

Columbia College
623 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL
How Much: 
FREE

Manifest, Chicago’s largest student-run arts festival, presents 100+ free public programs celebrating the creative work of more than 2,000 Columbia College Chicago students.

May 12, 2017

12:00pm to 9:00pm

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
How Much: 
Free admission

Chicago Children's Choir celebrates 60th anniversary at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park for a citywide celebration, featuring two free concerts and 4,400 singers.

May 26, 2017

11:00am

1600 W 18th St, Chicago, IL
How Much: 
Free, $5 suggested donation

Being held at Ashland and 18th Street in Chicago’s historic Pilsen neighborhood, the 8th annual Mole de Mayo festival will feature mole, pitting local chefs and restaurants against one another.

May 26, 2017 - May 28, 2017

5:00pm

3200 N Sheffield, Chicago, IL
How Much: 
Free, $5 suggested donation

Celebrating its 33rd year in 2017, Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest will kick off Chicago's outdoor street fest season when it again welcomes the start of summer and the warm weather.

May 27, 2017 - May 28, 2017

12:00pm to 10:00pm

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

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

The Chicago Gospel Music Festival showcases the best in local, national and international Gospel Music performers.

June 2, 2017 - June 3, 2017

5:30pm

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

The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago's Music Festivals.

June 9, 2017 - June 11, 2017

11:00am to 9:30pm

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

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

900 W Randolph St., Chicago , IL
How Much: 
Free ($10 suggested donation)

Commemorating the iconic street festival’s 21st Anniversary, Star Events and WLCO will bring together the biggest and brightest names in Chicago dining.

June 16, 2017 - June 18, 2017

5:00pm to 3:00am

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

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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