The Millennium Park Summer Celebration and Grant Park Music Festival will bring numerous jazz, classical, pop, indie rock, electronic music concerts — even free movies every Tuesday on a massive 40-foot LED screen — to keep the music and entertainment flowing all summer. For classical, the Grant Park Music Festival highlights include:
- June 19th & 20th: American composer Kenji Bunch’s Symphony No. 3: Dream Songs.
- July 4th: Grant Park Orchestra’s Independence Day Salute featuring Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F with pianist Terrence Wilson.
- July 10th & 11th: A Sondheim Celebration, featuring music from Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, Company, Follies and Sunday in the Park With George.
- August 12th: Award-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling joins the GPO for a night of vocal scat.
While the Summer Celebration series won’t be announced until late April, acts that graced the stage in 2014 included Bob Mould, My Brightest Diamond, Joe Pug, Maps & Atlases and Wooden Shjips.
You could cook up a feast for your picnic, but why bother when someone else can do it for you? Swing by Pastoral at 53 E. Lake or inside the Chicago French Market for wine, craft beer, cheese, meats and more. Or hit up Toni Patisserie (65 E. Washington) for Parisian-style baguette sandwiches or salads, charcuterie plates and fresh-baked gorgeous pastries.