Millennium Park Summer Highlights
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) produces some of the city’s most iconic festivals, markets, events, and exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park, and in communities across the city — serving a local and global audience of 25 million people. View 2023 summer highlights below. Admission is free to all programming. Stay connected via DCASE newsletters and social media.
June 14–August 19, 2023
The Grant Park Music Festival steps to the vanguard of classical music with a season inspired by the bounty of America’s diversity. Celebrating a range of conductors, composers and guest artists, the series reflects the bustling metropolis of Chicago and the greater American tapestry.
June 22–August 21, 2023 (Mondays & Thursdays)
The music series features a wide variety of genre-defying music from top local, national and international artists – both established and emerging.
Tuesdays, July 11–August 29, 2023
Chicagoans and visitors alike are invited to enjoy outdoor movies downtown as the popular Summer Film Series returns to Millennium Park. Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies are presented on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen.
August 31–September 3, 2023
A favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition, the Chicago Jazz Festival showcases free live performances by Chicago’s vast jazz talent alongside national and international jazz legends and artists.