Concerts

View Millions of Dollars at the Free Fed Money Museum

Come to the free Chicago Fed Money Museum and view millions of dollars in various denominations and learn to detect counterfeits. Spend some time here and see how the Federal Reserve System impacts your life. Located at 230 South LaSalle Street, the Bank’s Money Museum is free and open to the public year-round from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Bank holidays.

See Anima in Free Chicago Concert Premiere at Millennium Park – May 31

Come and see the free concert premiere of “Living the Divine” –New York composer Daniel Brewbaker’s powerful story of hope, love, faith, and the beauty of nature that is brought to life at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on May 31. This world premiere features Anima’s Touring Chorus, Susanne Mentzer, mezzo-soprano; Cynthia Yeh, principal percussionist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and William Buhr, acclaimed pianist.

Chinese Music Virtuosi Perform Free Concert May 19

A free concert will feature the Chicago debut of Chinese music virtuosi with Fulcrum Point ensemble on Tuesday, May 19. As part of the citywide Hong Kong Comes to Chicago 2009 festival, Fulcrum Point New Music Project will present Hong Kong at the Fulcrum Point, a concert collaboration featuring the Chicago debut of the vibrant young Chinese Music Virtuosi ensemble, at the Thorne Auditorium of Northwestern University, 375 East Chicago Avenue, Tuesday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m.

Free Tour of Chess Records Studio

In May, Blues Heaven Foundation offers a free 90-minute tour of the historical landmark, Chess Records Studio to any guest that arrives between 12-1pm. In the ’50s and ’60s, Chicago’s Chess Records was one of the country’s foremost labels for electric blues and rock ‘n’ roll with recording artists, including Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Buddy Guy and a cavalcade of others.

Free Concert: Sunday in the Park with Civic

Called Sunday in the Park with Civic, a percussion ensemble from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s MusiCorps program offers a free, family-friendly, interactive chamber program for children Sunday May 3 at Indian Boundary Park in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

Free Music: Mother’s Day Opera Program

Looking for something out of the ordinary to do to on Mother’s Day? Check out the free Sunday Salon Series where the talented duo of Julie Bentley and Kuang-Hao Huang present an eclectic Mother’s Day program which includes Britten’s A Charm of Lullabies and Messiaen’s Poemes pour Mì, as well as songs by Poulenc, Adams and Corigliano.

Free Music: Classical Mondays

Take a long lunch break and join Classical Mondays at the Chicago Cultural Center for an free afternoon concert of classical music as violinist Jasmine Lin and cellist Jacob Braun perform Homage II for violin and cello as well as Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello.

Free Lawn Passes to Ravinia

The Words & Music Program, a joint program presented by The Chicago Public Library and Ravinia Festival makes it possible for patrons to obtain free lawn passes to select Ravinia summer concerts. Visit any branch of The Chicago Public Library to get more details on eligible concerts and lawn ticket availability.

3 Free Concerts in April

This April, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs presents three concerts by the Carnatica Brother, Julie Fowlis and Carmen Souza as part of the Chicago Cultural Center Presents series, an ongoing showcase series that highlights critically acclaimed national and international musicians.