JULY 2017 – With Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the Bean, Lurie Gardens and the Crown Fountain, Millennium Park is easily one of the top tourist destinations in Chicago (if not Illinois) and the crown jewel of the city. But the park has so much more to offer than just a place to walk through and romp in the interactive video fountains. All summer, Millennium Park hosts a variety of events catered to families and people of all ages. You can get a guided tour of the gardens, have a picnic or participate in free workout classes and yoga sessions on the great lawn.
But one of the biggest draws all summer is the free music series and movie nights hosted by the city. Taking place at Pritzker Pavilion, the concerts get staged nearly every Monday and Thursday while movies get screened nearly every Tuesday evening — and one daytime family-focused showing of the 80th anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The movies, which start at 6:30 p.m., include both recent blockbusters and classics. The schedule runs through Sept. 5 and while you’ve already missed The Blues Brothers and Caddyshack you can still catch great check movies including La La Land, Hidden Figures, Bend it Like Beckham and The Princess Bride. On Aug. 8, catch a double header of Ghost and The Shining. Check out the full schedule and mark your calendar.
The concert series is pretty amazing as it brings an eclectic mix of artists from a variety of genres to Downtown Chicago. There’s a break in shows the first week of July due to Taste of Chicago, but starting again on July 10, get your dance on with artists like Natalie Prass, Angelica Garcia, Totó La Momposina, Overcoats, Drive-by Truckers, Amadou & Miriam and Youssou N’Dour. Make sure you check the schedule as other dates are blacked out for various reasons, including Lollapalooza.
And for all of these shows, bring a picnic and set up blankets and chairs on the lawn. If you want a real seat, the pavilion seating is wide open for everyone to enjoy.