2019 Chicago FREE Music /
Millennium Park & Grant Park
The best things in life are FREE!
FREE music taking place at Millennium Park all summer long starting with the cutting-edge indie rock and pop music series, followed by Classical Orchestra, World Class Blues, Jazz, and more —performed by some of Chicago’s best-loved cultural institutions. A showcase every day of the week!
My Chi Parks App
Download the official 'Night out in the Parks' App - 'My Chi Parks' - and you will never miss a single FREE event held thru-out Chicago. Planning your trip has never been made easier and cost effective.
FREE Theatres in the Park!
Do you love a good theatre under a moonlit sky? Enjoy the various performances by participating theatre companies during the summer months for FREE!
Music and Art Festivals
Festival season is here! From neighborhood newbies to suburban classics, check out our preliminary list of what to expect. Many FREE events! We'll be updating this list all season long. Cheers!
2019 Chicago Parades
Find out when your favorite neighborhood parade is taking place in Chicago. Click below for details on every FREE parade throughout the city including schedule and locations.
Chicago Cultural Center
Discover the FREE visual art and performance programs presented at the Cultural Center by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and its partners.
Chicago Neighborhood Festivals
May - September
Discover more than 400 FREE neighborhood festivals take place in Chicago each year, showcasing the city's ethnic customs, music and food.
Chicago Gospel Music Festival
May 31 - June 1, 2019
The FREE Chicago Gospel Music Festival showcases the best in local, national and international Gospel Music performers. Now held over four days in three locations including the weekend at Ellis Park in historic Bronzeville, the birthplace of Gospel Music.
Chicago Blues Festival
June 7-9, 2019
The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest FREE blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago's Music Festivals!
Chicago Summer Dance
June 27 - August 24, 2019
For eleven weeks each summer, the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. The FREE summer dance series offers an introductory one-hour dance lesson by professional instructors followed by two hours of live music and dancing!
Taste of Chicago
July 10-14, 2019
Taste of Chicago is the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. FREE to attend.
Chicago Air and Water Show
August 17 and 18, 2019
The Chicago Air & Water Show is the largest spectator event in the United States and the longest ongoing show of its kind in North America.
Chicago Jazz Festival
August 23 - September 1, 2019
The longest running of the city's lakefront music festivals. For the past 35 year's, the FREE Chicago Jazz Festival has been a Labor Day weekend tradition.
World Music Festival
September 13 - 29, 2019
This FREE city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has attracted over 600,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 600 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.