Millennium Park Summer Highlights

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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.


Summer Workouts

Most Saturdays, May 27–September 2, 2023

Summer Workouts

Start your weekend with a FREE morning workout, featuring music during Yoga, Pilates, Strength Training and drumming during Zumba®.

Chicago Gospel Music Festival

June 3, 2023

Chicago Gospel Music Festival (Tye Tribbett pictured)

The Chicago Gospel Music Festival showcases the best in local, national and international Gospel Music performers.

Chicago Blues Festival

June 8-11, 2023

Chicago Blues Festival (Los Lobos pictured)

The Blues Festival will offer fans performances by the genres’ leading artists, as well as a wonderful new experience in the city’s premier outdoor music venue.

Grant Park Music Festival

June 14–August 19, 2023

Crowd enjoying the Grant Park Music Festival in Pritzker Pavilion

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.

Millennium Park Summer Music Series

June 22–August 21, 2023 (Mondays & Thursdays)

Millennium Park Summer Music Series (Shemekia Copeland pictured)

The music series features a wide variety of genre-defying music from top local, national and international artists – both established and emerging.

Millennium Park Summer Film Series

Tuesdays, July 11–August 29, 2023

Crowd watching a movie at Pritzker Pavilion Stage in Millennium Park

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.

Chicago Jazz Festival

August 31–September 3, 2023

Jazz performers performing onstage at the Pritzker Pavilion Stage in Millennium Park

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.

Lurie Garden Events

Summer 2023

Lurie Garden

Enjoy tours and nature programs all summer long.