Free Millennium Park Events to Attend This Summer: The Complete List

Each day, the weather gets warmer as we approach quite possibly the best thing about Chicago–those magical summer days. It’s impossible to stay at home. There’s beautiful places to be and fun things to do. And best of all, there are a ton of free events in Chicago to attend.

Noted as the most beautiful and popular park in Chicago, there are plenty of free Millennium Park events to attend for all ages. What better way to enjoy your summer other than basking in the glorious sun, with food, booze, and more, as you watch live performances, and even be apart of some.


Wondering where to park? No, worries! Other than that, check out the free events in Chicago at Millennium Park this summer!



Summer Workouts

Millennium Park
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May 25 – August 31 | Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays | Millennium Park

Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and more, attend this Millennium Park event during the summer for FREE workouts.



Chicago Gospel Music Festival

Chicago Gospel Music Festival
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May 31 – June 1 | Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Chicago Cultural Center 


Another excellent Millennium Park event to attend this Summer with friends or family is the Chicago Gospel Music Festival. Partake in a joyous night of contemporary gospel music as noted choirs and singers take the center stage for the 34th annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival. Expect to see a lineup for this free event in Chicago later this spring.



Chicago House Music Festival and Conference

House Music Conference and Music Festival
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May 23 @ Chicago Cultural Center | May 24 – 25 @  Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Featuring a richly diverse list of DJ’s and live performances, the Chicago House Music Festival and Conference is an excellent Millennium Park event that will provide a fun night full of varying House music to keep you jumping all night long. Check out this year’s lineup.



Chicago Blues Festival

Chicago Blues Festival
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June 7 – 9 | 11 am – 9 pm | Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Chicago Cultural Center


The annual and heavily noted Chicago Blues Festival is an entertaining free event in Chicago that will be presenting three days of performances, by famous and emerging blues musicians. Headlining this year’s popular event is The Jimmy Johnny Band, Bobby Rush, and Charlie Musselwhite.


Grant Park Music Festival

Grant Park Music Festival
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June 12 – August 17 | Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays | Jay Pritzker Pavilion

For over 80 years, Grant Park Music Festival has showcased classical performances by world-class orchestras and choruses. Chicagoans all around gather for this symphonic concerts, bringing blankets, food, and wine. It’s a fun and relaxing experience, and best of all, it’s free.


Millennium Park Summer Music Series

Millennial Park
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June 13 – August 15 | Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Millennium Park Summer Music Series creates, every year, a lineup of musical artists from around the globes to perform at Jay Pritzker Pavilion. And this year, they’re presenting 11 concerts, and here’s a list of all the artists.

 June 13 – Mt. Joy + Rayland Baxter

 June 17 – Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles + Liniker e os Caramelows

 June 24 – Chucho Valdes & Jazz Batá + Fareed Haque & Casseus

 June 27 – Flora Cash + SUSTO

 July 1 – Car Seat Headrest + Naked Giants

 July 8 – Brent Cobb + Lydia Loveless

 July 18 – Orchestral Interpretations of J Dilla, directed by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson + Kenny Keys

 July 25 – Los Amigos Invisibles + Natalie Prass

 July 29 –Rev. Sekou + Cha Wa

 August 5 – Chicago Celebrates the Music of Donny Hathaway

August 15 – Jupiter & Okwess + Noura Mint Seymali


Family Fun Festival

Millennium Park
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June 24-August 9 | Monday – Friday | Chase Promenade North

During the summer, Millennium Park is full of kid-friendly activities for the darlings in your life. Enjoy arts and crafts, and games during the week. Also, enjoy other popular kids events to attend at Millenium Park such as the Juicebox and Chicago Kids and Kites Festival.


Chicago Mariachi Festival

Mariachi Festival
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June 30 | 4 – 8:30 pm | Jay Pritzker Pavilion 

The fourth annual and largest Mariachi Festival is here, bringing in stunning live performance and tons of fun.


Millennium Park Summer Film Series

Millennium Park
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June 4 – August 20 | Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Great Lawn

Bring a blanket or lawn chair, set out some snacks and booze, and enjoy free outdoor movies through the duration of summer. Peep the full lineup.


Millennium Park Theatre Residencies

Millennium Park
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July – October | Jay Pritzker Pavilion 

Being that 2019 is the Year of Chicago Theatre, this summer, get ready for various Chicago theatres to make a guest appearance at the Millennium Park, performing comedies, plays, and more.


Chicago Jazz Festival

Chicago Jazz Festival
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August 23 – September 1 | Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Chicago Cultural Center

Hosted by Chicago Jazz Festival, the annual Jazz Fest is here, showcasing some of the greatest jazz artists to date. And, of course, it’s free.


SummerDance Celebration

Chicago SummerDance
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August 24 | Jay Pritzker Pavilion 

Let loose at the annual Chicago SummerDance party. Filled with dance competitions, live performances, and more, dance along to various music as an instructor helps you along the way.


World Music Festival Chicago

World Music Festival Chicago
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September 13 – 29 | Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Multiple Locations 

The 21st annual World Music Festival is an 11-day celebration, hosted in various locations, and spotlighting over 50 artists from around the world.


YAS! Fest Youth Arts Showcase

Carolina Mariana Rodriguez
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September 22 | 11 am – 7:30 pm| Millennium Park 

Noted as the largest celebration for young artists of Chicago, this event displays the wondrous works of adolescent creatives in Millennium Park.


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