The 2019 Millennium Park Summer Music Series will offer an exciting lineup of FREE outdoor concerts on 11 dates between June 13 and August 15 (specific dates noted below) at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The music series will feature a wide variety of genre-defying music from top local, national and international artists—both established and emerging. For complete details, visitmillenniumpark.org.
New for the 2019 season, audiences will enjoy a premier experience at all of this summer’s programming at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. After 15 years as one of the world’s best outdoor concert sound systems, the speakers and audio control systems at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion have been completely upgraded. The new upgraded system represents the cutting edge of audio technology—once again elevating the Pavilion as one of the world’s finest outdoor audio experience. The $2.5 million upgrade was 100% supported by Millennium Park Foundation donors and through the generosity of the Pritzker Family Endowment managed by the Millennium Park Foundation.
The Millennium Park Music Series is part of a robust schedule of more than 80 events at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion this summer. All concerts are FREE and open to the public. Performances begin at 6:30 p.m. and take place rain or shine.
The full 2019 Millennium Park Summer Music Series line-up features:
Thursday, June 13, 6:30 p.m. – Mt. Joy + Rayland Baxter
Monday, June 17, 6:30 p.m. – Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles + Liniker e os Caramelows
Monday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. – Chucho Valdés – Jazz Batá + Fareed Haque + Casseus
Thursday, June 27, 6:30 p.m. – Flora Cash + SUSTO
Monday, July 1 6:30 p.m. – Car Seat Headrest + Naked Giants
Monday, July 8, 6:30 p.m. – Brent Cobb + Lydia Loveless
Thursday, July 18, 6:30 p.m. – Orchestral Interpretations of J Dilla–Directed by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson + Kenny Keys
Thursday, July 25, 6:30 p.m. (UPDATED OPENER) – Los Amigos Invisibles + *City of the Sun New Opener
Monday, July 29, 6:30 p.m. – Rev. Sekou + Cha Wa
Monday, August 5 6:30 p.m. – Love Love Love – Chicago Celebrates the Music of Donny Hathaway
Thursday, August 15 6:30 p.m. – Jupiter & Okwess + Noura Mint Seymali
**Schedule of Performers is Subject to Change**
This summer season, Millennium Park will once again implement additional security measures designed to improve the visitor experience at the park. Outside alcohol will also be prohibited at the six Jay Pritzker Pavilion events with the highest attendance, including the Chicago House Music Festival on May 24–25; the Chicago Blues Festival on June 7–9; the Chicago Mariachi Festival on June 30; the Grant Park Music Festival Independence Day Salute on July 4; the Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert on August 12; and the Chicago Jazz Festival on August 29–September 1. Outside alcohol will be allowed at the more than 70 public concerts and programs happening in Millennium Park this summer including the film series.
Visitors will have additional food and beverage options at various price points available for purchase inside the venue at the events where outside alcohol is restricted. Subject to bag search at the security perimeter, guests will continue to be allowed to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to all events in Millennium Park.
The Millennium Park Music Series is produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and sponsored by the Chicago Transit Authority. Refreshments are available for purchase from Goose Island Beer Company, Riboli Family Wines and Pepsi at various locations throughout the park. For the latest news and events, download the Millennium Park app, visitmillenniumpark.org, and follow us on Facebook (MillenniumParkChicago), Twitter, Instagram (@Millennium_Park #MillenniumPark) and Snapchat (ChicagoDCASE).
Visitors are encouraged to take CTA to Millennium Park. To plan your route, visit transitchicago.com. For those parking, Millennium Park Garages are located at Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage at 5 S. Columbus Drive, Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave. and Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave. Pre-purchase parking atmillenniumgarages.com and save up to 50% off drive-up rates.
Millennium Park is Chicago’s town square and the anchor of an urban cultural campus that includes the Chicago Cultural Center, Maggie Daley Park and the Art Institute of Chicago. Opened in 2004, Millennium Park is a 24.5-acre urban park in the heart of downtown Chicago, home to the iconic Cloud Gate (also known as “The Bean”) sculpture by Anish Kapoor, Crown Fountain designed by Jaume Plensa, the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the internationally-acclaimed Lurie Garden and more. Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph St. to the north, Columbus Dr. to the east and Monroe St. to the south. The Park is open 6am–11pm daily.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
Millennium Park Foundation
The Millennium Park Foundation, a private, philanthropic not-for-profit partner, was created in 1998 to support the City of Chicago’s efforts in the design, construction and management of Millennium Park. It is the steward of Millennium Park’s internationally-recognized icons and public features. These include the prestigious Jay Pritzker Pavilion and dramatic BP Pedestrian Bridge, world-renowned Cloud Gate and Lurie Garden, iconic Crown Fountain, and exquisite Boeing Galleries for public art exhibitions. Through its ongoing development initiatives, the Millennium Park Foundation is dedicated to keeping Millennium Park a free and accessible venue for all Chicagoans today, and for generations to come.