Some of the best concerts of Chicago's summer are outdoor and free. Millennium Park hosts concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavillion every Monday at 12pm and 6:30pm, Thursday evenings at 6:30, and a whole array of other events at different times and days. Just recently they anounced their "Edible Audible Architecture" series which features more rhythmic bands, DJs, and MC's at noon every Monday. Before that they announced their "Downtown Sound" line up which consists of larger indie bands more widely known. Also, Thursday evenings is host to "Music Without Borders" featuring double billed international folk acts, starting at 6:30. Below is a complete list of all the Millennium Park music series.
Monday, May 31 at 6:30pm - Hum with Volcano!
Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 - Balkan Beat Box with The Very Best
Monday, June 7 at Noon - Solvent
Monday, June 7 at 6:30pm - She & Him with Hollows
Thursday, June 10 at 6:30pm - Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Monday, June 14 at Noon - The Cool Kids
Monday, June 14 at 6:30pm - Tony Allen with Great Lake Swimmers
Thursday, June 17 at 6:30pm - Dandana: A Celebration of Muslim Voices featuring Tinariwen with Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Monday, June 21 at Noon - Dosh
Monday, June 21 at 7:30pm - The Books with Via Tania
Thursday, June 24 at 6:30pm - Noche Mexicana: Doc Severinsen and El Ritmo de la Vida with Sones de México Ensemble
Monday, June 28 at Noon - I Am Robot and Proud
Monday, June 28 at 7:30pm - Huntsville with On Fillmore featuring Nels Cline
Thursday, July 1 at 7:30pm - Orchestre Septentrional d’Haiti with Batata y Las Alegres Ambulancias
Saturday, July 3 at Noon - Green Velvet aka Cajmere
Monday, July 5 at Noon - Nice Nice
Monday, July 5 at 6:30pm - The Thermals with Disappears
Thursday, July 8 at 6:30pm - Dobet Gnahore with Victor Deme
Monday, July 12 at Noon - El Guincho
Monday, July 12 at 6:30pm - Caribou with Budos Band
Thursday, July 15 at 6:30pm - Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou with La 33
Monday, July 19 at Noon - High Places
Monday, July 19 at 6:30pm - Kid Sister with Konono N°1
Thursday, July 22 at 6:30pm - Renato Borghetti with Boris Malkovsky & The Agam Ensemble
Saturday, July 24 at Noon - Chicago Hip Hop--All Headz on Deck
Monday, July 26 at Noon - A Grape Dope
Monday, July 26 at 6:30pm - Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens with Bomba Estéreo
Monday, August 2 at Noon - VHS or BETA Dee Jays
Monday, August 9 at Noon - Javelin
Monday, August 16 at Noon - Juan Maclean DJ Set
Monday, August 23 at Noon - All City Affairs
Monday, August 30 at Noon - Future Rock
Saturday, September 4 at Noon - Orchard Lounge
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