Chicago summers is what Chicagoans wait for all year! Not only for the warm weather after months of Chicago cold but really for all the fun and exciting events the city has to offer! Literally every Summer weekend in Chicago is filled with festivals, family events, street fests, concerts and more! Specifically, we love all the happenings at Millennium Park for family fun. And, we are excited to share the schedule for the Millennium Park Summer Film Series as well as the Concert Series!
Both the Film and Concert series take place at the outdoor Pritzker Pavilion offering FREE entertainment. Make it a fun family event by bringing a blanket, picnic dinner and maybe some wine for the adults! Lots of fun memories will be made under the Chicago stars!
Millennium Park Summer Music Series
Eighteen FREE outdoor concerts are planned for the 2016 Millennium Park Summer Music Series! It is an exciting line up of FREE concerts every Monday and Thursday, June 6 – August 25, 2016 (except where noted). The concerts will take place at the beautiful Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The concert series features a wide variety of genre from top local, national and international artists.
For more information on the Summer Music Series:
Monday, June 6, 6:30pm
Blonde Redhead + Ryley Walker
Blonde Redhead is an indie rock band known for innovating their sound for every album and blending rock, dream pop and electronica.
Thursday, June 9, 6:30pm
Lee Fields & The Expressions + Makaya McCraven
Lee Fields ranges from James Brown-style funk to lo-fi blues and contemporary Southern soul .Makaya McCraven layers his extensive experience with hip-hop bands, African dance bands, Hungarian folk music, and indie rock on top of a deep history of “straight-ahead” jazz, improvisation and Avant-garde beats.
Monday, June 13, 6:30pm
Rodrigo Amarante + Leyla MaCalla
Eclectic mix of Samba, Latin American Music, American Jazz, Folk, Haitian Music
Thursday, June 16, 6:30pm
Nneka + Gina Chavez
Award-winning, Nigerian singer-songwriter Nneka is known for her captivating blend of reggae, hip-hop and soul sounds. Gina Chavez is a bilingual Latin-folk singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas who expertly blends the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace.
Monday, June 20, 6:30pm
DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation + Kelan Phil Cohran's Summer Solstice Ensemble
Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky is a composer, multimedia artist and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. Kelan Phil Cohran is a Chicago improvised jazz legend.
Thursday, June 23, 6:30pm
Maceo Parker + Marrow
Saxophonist Maceo Parker embodies the legacy of soul and funk music. Marrow is an American indie rock band.
Monday, June 27, 6:30pm
Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra + Ecos del Pacifico
Eddie Palmieri is one of the foremost Latin jazz pianists in the world. Ecos del Pacifico is a Chicago-based group steeped in the Afro-Colombian music and dance traditions of the pacific coast of Colombia.
Thursday, June 30, 6:30pm
TBD + Lower Dens
Headliner to be announced soon. Lower Dens are an American indie pop band.
Monday, July 4 and Thursday, July 7
No Shows – Week of Taste of Chicago
Monday, July 11, 6:30pm
Femi Kuti + The Positive Force + ProbCause
Femi Kuti is a high energy Afrobeat artist born in London and raised in Nigeria. ProbCause seamlessly jumps from electronic to funk to R&B, then back to classic boom-bap gritty rap.
Thursday, July 14, 6:30pm
Azymuth + Sidewalk Chalk
Brazilian electrified trio Azymuth combines a high voltage blend of Brazilian rhythms, jazz, and funk with occasional acoustic episodes. Sidewalk Chalk is an eight-member Chicago-based band that is leading the contemporary evolution of hip-hop, soul, and jazz.
Monday, July 18, 6:30pm
King Sunny Ade + Ugochi & A.S.E.
King Sunny Ade is the undisputed king of juju music, the dance-inspiring hybrid of western pop and traditional African music with roots in the guitar tradition of Nigeria. Ugochi is an Afro-soul singer, songwriter and poet.
Heritage Blues Orchestra
Thursday, July 21, 6:30pm
Heritage Blues Orchestra is known for their traditional blues material with a good dose of both jazz and gospel sensibilities.
Monday, July 25 6:30pm
The Jones Family Singers + Apostolic Church of God Sanctuary Choir
The Jones Family Singers are a Texas-based gospel powerhouse consisting of five sisters, two brothers and their father who infuse joyful and reverent songs with vintage soul, funk and R&B.
Thursday, July 28, 6:30pm
No Show – Lollapalooza Weekend
Monday, August 1, 6:30pm
Jose Gonzalez + Tall Heights
Jose Gonzalez is Swedish indie folk singer-songwriter renowned for his mix of autumnal indie pop and intimate acoustics. Tall Heights are known for their captivating vocal harmonies driven by a folk-inspired accompaniment of cello and acoustic guitar.
Thursday, August 4, 6:30pm
Sinkane + Mark de Clive-Lowe
Sinkane is solo recording artist who sings and plays numerous instruments blending krautrock, free jazz and funk rock with Sudanense pop. Mark de Clive-Lowe is a musician, composer and producer blending jazz, electronic dance music, funk and percussion heavy world music into a unique sound.
Mondays, August 8, 15 and 22
Thursday, August 11, 6:30pm
Mbongwana Star + Dos Santos Antibeat Orchestra
Mbongwana Star is a psychedelic African dance band from Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Chicago-based Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orchestra rocks the sounds of popular pan-Latin American dance genres—from cumbia to salsa.
Thursday, August 18, 6:30pm
Elephant Revival + Mandolin Orange
Elephant Revival are a quintet from Colorado whose sound encompasses elements of gypsy, rock, Celtic, alt-country and folk.
Thursday, August 25, 6:30pm
TBD + Homme
Headliner to be announced soon. HOMME is an experiment in voice and sound, inspired by the free improvisational music scene in Chicago, and influenced by folk and avant-garde rock.
Millennium Park Summer Film Series
The Summer Film Series is such a fun part of Chicago summers. Some of the films showing are rated R and obviously not appropriate for kids. But, you do not want to miss Finding Nemo with the kiddos or maybe a couple of the PG rated films. All films are FREE. The outdoor movies returns to Millennium Park, Tuesdays, June 21 – August 30, at 6:30pm. Come early, bring a blanket, a picnic dinner and enjoy! All movies are presented on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
(1986; PG-13, 103 min)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 6:30 PM
(1997; R, 115 mins)
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 6:30 PM
A League of Their Own
(1992; PG, 125 mins)
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 6:30 PM
Thelma & Louise
(1991; R, 120 mins)
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 (Full Moon Double Feature) at 6:30 PM
Moonstruck & Silence of the Lambs
(Moonstruck: 1988, PG, 102 mins / Silence of the Lambs: 1991, R, 118 mins)
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 6:30 PM
Kartemquin Films 50th Anniversary Celebration
Celebrating 50 years of democracy through documentary, this special screening will celebrate the legacy of the acclaimed Chicago filmmaking organization
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 6:30 PM
West Side Story
(1961; Unrated, 152 mins)
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 6:30 PM
(1978; PG-13, 110 mins)
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 6:30 PM
(2003; G, 100 mins)
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 6:30 PM
(1984; PG, 111 min)
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 (Audience Choice) at 6:30 PM
Favorite Chicago Film
Audience members will vote on their favorite Chicago film to be shown; details of voting to be announced at a later date