Amid a shifting summer festival landscape -- tickets for Taste, a revamped Folk & Roots Festival -- the city's Cultural Affairs and Special Events department announced today an expanded slate of free outdoor concerts downtown in Millennium Park.
The Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays series returns on Memorial Day and runs through July, featuring cutting-edge indie performers. Highlights include Kelly Hogan (May 28), Jonathan Richman (June 4), Chico Trujillo (June 25) and Charles Bradley (July 16).
Premiering a week later, on June 7, is a new weekly series, Loops and Variations, focusing on new and electronic music. Highlights include eighth blackbird (June 28) and Third Coast Percussion (July 5).
The 78th annual Grant Park Music Festival begins June 13, featuring 30 performances featuring the acclaimed Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus. Later in the summer, Made In Chicago: World Class Jazz runs weekly performances of local and international improvisation masters, leading up to the 34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival.
All of the concerts are free and at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
A complete calendar will be released in mid-April. For more information, see millenniumpark.org.