FREE Millennium Park Concerts This Summer

The 2018 Millennium Park Summer Music Series offers an exciting line-up of 18 FREE outdoor concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The music series features a wide variety of genre-defying music from top local, national and international artists—both established and emerging. This FREE Summer Music Series in Millennium Park’s free summer music series starts June 18th  with performances from Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers (Soul Jazz) and Kahil El’Zabar Ethnic Heritage Ensemble (improvised Jazz).   All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. at Pritzker Pavilion.



This year’s complete Millennium Park Summer Music Series lineup, which returns to the city from June 18 through August 16, fills up Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park with live music.    You’ll find plenty of familiar local faces among this year’s lineup of acts, including jazz percussionist Kahil El’Zabar and his Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, The Sea and Cake + Moonrise Nation, rising indie-rockers The Aces, Whitney and NE-HI; reggae with The Kingston All Stars featuring Sister Nancy and jazz-influenced rock outfit the Sea and Cake. There’s also a strong international presence on the list of performers, such as British jazz combo Sons of Kemet, Indian sitar-player Anoushka Shankar and Jamaican reggae troupe The Kingston All-Stars.


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Running from May through September, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion will host more than 80 free events this summer, including movies, concerts, festivals and cultural happenings.   In light of recent events, you can expect a bit more security as you enter the lawn at Pritzker Pavilion this summer, but thankfully the Summer Music Series isn’t one of the events where bringing your own booze has been banned. Outside alcohol will be prohibited from the events with the highest attendance, so be sure to check out the list HERE before you show up with a Nebuchadnezzar of rosé. (And yes, you’ll still be able to buy adult beverages from vendors within the park for these events.)  Take a look at the complete lineup of shows below, all of which will begin at 6:30pm, rain or shine.


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Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601




Monday, June 18
Jose James Tribute to Bill Withers + Kahil El’Zabar Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

Thursday, June 21
The Aces + The New Respects

Thursday, June 28
Sons of Kemet + Melissa Laveaux

Thursday, July 19
Anoushka Shankar + Hollie Cook

Monday, July 23
Willie Colón + Canalón de Timbiquí

Thursday, July 26
The Kingston All-Stars featuring Sister Nancy + Funkadesi

Monday, July 30
Aimee Mann + This is the Kit

Monday, August 6
Bahamas + TBD

Sunday, August 12
Whitney + NE-HI

Thursday, August 16
The Sea and Cake + Moonrise Nation

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