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Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Music Venue and Performing Arts Venue
Grant Park, Chicago
99 Tips and reviews
  • music
  • picnics
  • downtown sound
  • wine
  • dancing
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  • Daniel M.
    Daniel Marco FernandezNovember 3, 2016
    I prefer the one in bilbao, Spain (Guggenheim). However, do not miss it, it is gorgeous.
  • Nilay
    NilaySeptember 16, 2016
    Before your trip to Chicago, look up which free events are taking place here and make time to attend! They are almost always excellent!
  • K
    KSeptember 14, 2016
    Perfect spot, and it was Jazz fest in Chicago.
  • David W.
    David WeathersbyAugust 24, 2016
    Beautiful pavilion. Great for live performances.
  • Miharu C.
    Miharu ChamnanjakAugust 15, 2016
    Free summer music series and Saturday morning exercise classes.
  • Mariana P.
    Mariana PantalenaAugust 7, 2016
    During this summer I was fortunate to watch an orchestra play Mozart. Amazing! Totally recommend it.
  • Lorelo
    LoreloAugust 3, 2016
    Free concerts!
  • Aishwarya S.
    Aishwarya SharmaJuly 15, 2016
    Open space, community feel it adds when concerts & movie in the park events are happening. It's Chicago's cultural hub.
  • Devrim G.
    Devrim GündüzJune 30, 2016
    Exceptional place for live shows.
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!June 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
  • Brianne D.
    Brianne DowningJune 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    It's a great place to watch concerts and movies in the park! If you're sitting on the lawn, arrive early!
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!June 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Jay Pritzker Pavilion🎼🎤🎧
  • Harley A.
    Harley AcresApril 19, 2016
    Very cool Frank Gehry designed amphitheater!
  • Nely R.
    Nely ReyesJanuary 28, 2016
    Unfortunately I couldn't see any event, but you should look for the next events, amazing place!
  • Stephan G.
    Stephan GermainJanuary 23, 2016
    The acoustics are amazing at this venue
  • Eva 🐾 B.
    Eva 🐾 BanovaJanuary 19, 2016
    Cool place. They really keep the grass nice
  • Helena H.
    Helena HounselOctober 21, 2015
    Everything about it is beautiful and it's right be the Bean!!!!
  • John H.
    John HankusOctober 10, 2015
    Get a picnic blanket and sit out under the sky for a concert. Nice setup buried in millennium park just east of the water walls.
  • Chris F.
    Chris FSeptember 8, 2015
    Great venue
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiSeptember 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the concerts or movies in the park over the summer!! They usually start at 6 or 6:30 and last until 8ish. Bring a blanket and a bottle of wine and enjoy!
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 21, 2015
    On select weekday evenings, rock, pop, and indie performers take the stage as part of the Downtown Sound and Loops and Variations programs.
  • Nic B.
    Nic BerryAugust 19, 2015
    Concerts! (Bonus: most all are FREE!!)
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Angie O.
    Angie OsmanskiAugust 13, 2015
    Can't beat a Friday night free concert in the park!!
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraAugust 6, 2015
    This place has a nice, big lawn for picnics while listening to performances.
  • Paula F.
    Paula FreireJuly 31, 2015
    Beautiful! I wish It would be having a concert when I was here!
  • Lindsay L.
    Lindsay LehmanJuly 17, 2015
    beautiful place to spend the day
  • Sassy P.
    Sassy PantzJune 30, 2015
    Movies in the park!
  • Kristen P.
    Kristen PengellyJune 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    It's not a real Chicago summer if you don't see a show here at least once.
  • Faithe M.
    Faithe MasonJune 4, 2015
    Free concerts during the summer!
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittApril 28, 2015
    Superb sound; there's not a bad seat in the house!
  • Chris V.
    Chris VicenteMarch 29, 2015
    Great pavilion and open air music venue in Chicago!
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SheeranJanuary 22, 2015
    Free summer concert series on Mondays!
  • Hilmar
    HilmarSeptember 16, 2014
    Good music
  • Sebastian G.
    Sebastian GarciaSeptember 13, 2014
    Free concert! World Music Festival
  • Roberto A.
    Roberto AgnesAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    August always brings the Chicago Dancing Festival!
  • Debbie P.
    Debbie ParquetteAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Broadway music in the park
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're in the lawn, sit as close as you can. In the back, you can't hear the music over people clinking their glasses and getting publicly drunk.
  • Jason R.
    Jason R.August 11, 2014
    Great place to relax and hear good music
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DulinAugust 11, 2014
    Free Concerts all Summer!
  • DocWatson1
    DocWatson1June 9, 2014
    Free... Concerts all summer long.
  • Let's Go Road Trippin
    Let's Go Road TrippinOctober 23, 2013
    Excellent place to see a free concert in the summer
  • David B.
    David BakalSeptember 2, 2013
    Free jazz fest!
  • Ed F.
    Ed FSeptember 1, 2013
    Come listen to the great jazz!!!
  • Yvonne M.
    Yvonne MitchellJuly 29, 2013
    Chaka Khan performed live, along with opening act Funkadesi. Two really nice performances!
  • Kate C.
    Kate CalistoJuly 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This area is one of my favorite spots in Chicago. Great view--wonderful free events in the summer.
  • Gil I.
    Gil IzaguirreJuly 25, 2013
    Perfect night spent! Gather up your classy friends! Bring some elegant wine bust out your meat and cheese boards. Drink, Veg out, laugh, listen and enjoy the beauty that emulates from the stage
  • Dustin J.
    Dustin J.July 23, 2013
    From MD but had a great time exploring the pavilion. Chitown, you have a great city!
  • Ashland T.
    Ashland ThomasJuly 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    NYC doesn't even have anything this consistent, this great, nor an amazing outdoor venue like this.
  • Tarra T.
    Tarra ThomasJuly 10, 2013
    Summer Tuesday movie in the park at 730.
  • Sean K.
    Sean KJuly 5, 2013
    Sound actually seems to be better near the back of the pavilion towards the edge of the lawn.
  • Jon
    JonJune 4, 2013
    All summer long, Baby😃👍✨☀😎🎶🎵😄
  • William S.
    William SantoyoJune 3, 2013
    A hugemongous place
  • Brian M.
    Brian MusielakJune 2, 2013
    This place is AWESOME!!! I Totally Recommend This Venue For Concerts... Not A Bad Seat Anywhere and The Sound Is GREAT!!!
  • Kay B.
    Kay BurnettApril 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The view from the choral balcony (inside looking out) is quite extraordinary, especially when you've been on the outside looking at the stage.
  • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
    Enjoy the serenity of the great lawn, where locals and tourists alike come with their blankets, chairs and picnic baskets to listen to the many free concerts held there. Read more
  • Kay B.
    Kay BurnettSeptember 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Sitting in the grass. Viewing the skyline at dusk & beyond. Enjoying the company of friends. Priceless!
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanSeptember 8, 2012
    Bandshell strikingly designed by Frank Gehry in 1999, opened 2004. Widely considered a highlight ("anchor," "crown jewel") of Chicago's Millennium Park.
  • Chuck D.
    Chuck DroegeAugust 23, 2012
    Beer lines are terrible so get multiples
  • Neil P.
    Neil PAugust 7, 2012
    Security should spend more time kicking out the homeless begging for money, or trying to sell stuff...
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathJuly 24, 2012
    There are plenty of FREE concerts put on by the City of Chicago during the summer time. Grab a blanket and make a picnic out of it! Yes open alcohol is allowed in Millenium park!
  • Brittany K.
    Brittany KingJuly 21, 2012
    Bring a bottle of your own wine and cups. They allow you to byob, even saw people bring pizza and snacks.
  • Chicago Dancing Festival
    Bring your picnic blanket for "Dancing Under the Stars" as part of the 2012 Chicago Dancing Festival! Use #CDF12 on Twitter! Read more
  • Matt L.
    Matt LaFleurJune 12, 2012
    Looks like beer cans are ok. I see NB Shift and Corona. Wish I had known.
  • Alessandra F.
    Alessandra FissingerMay 14, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
  • Grant Park Music Festival
    Grant Park Music FestivalFebruary 22, 2012
    The 2012 Season Schedule for the Grant Park Music Festival in Millennium Park has been announced! Read more
  • venessa t.
    venessa tarbellNovember 17, 2011
    Lots of free music in the summer. Bring your picnic basket and a bottle of wine!
  • Julia S.
    Julia StylesOctober 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    New Music Mondays has some of the best independent bands perform during the summer. If the band is popular, make sure to come early.
  • Joe W.
    Joe WhiteSeptember 23, 2011
    Chicago Food and Wine this weekend.
  • Mark A.
    Mark AllenSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The classical summer concerts are always packed but the jazz concerts every Thursday in July and August are just as good with much smaller crowds.
  • Amanda Michelle J.
    Amanda Michelle JonesSeptember 1, 2011
    Take a peek at this awesome stage!
  • Louis S.
    Louis SAugust 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring your own food and beverages for an amazing live music picnic experience.
  • Alex L.
    Alex LaJeunesseAugust 18, 2011
    Who needs seats when you've got grass? Rumor of free beer at 312 tent.
  • Brian M.
    Brian McKinneyAugust 16, 2011
    Amazing free concert series this summer. I've seen Son Lux and My Brightest Diamond (with Chicago Youth Symphony!) this month
  • Paul B.
    Paul BachnerAugust 14, 2011
    Free shows all summer long and even lunch time concerts
  • Yvonne S.
    Yvonne StrumeckiAugust 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the Grant Park Muisc Festival in the summertime. Some of the best classical & world music in the nation.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SchlegelmilchAugust 4, 2011
    Kind of bummed the lunch music sessions end at 12:45 instead of 1:00pm. Thought I'd catch the tail end but its over.
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica StoneAugust 2, 2011
    Turtle Island was awesome!
  • Heather P.
    Heather PalmerJuly 25, 2011
    Pavillion seating is first-come, get here early and line up on the ramps for seating!
  • CJ U.
    CJ UrbanJuly 24, 2011
    Leave your glasses at home. Bring only wood, ceramic or plastic to JPP. Have a safe picnic.
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsJune 20, 2011
    Our concierge Catherine at Sax Chicago recommends grabbing a blanket and some wine & cheese and making the most of the free summer concerts on the great lawn.
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BayJune 6, 2011
    If you're here for Downtown Sound, get here early & bring a blanket to stake out your spot!
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 28, 2011
    Don't miss the Chicago's Grant Park Symphony's concerts!! Read more
  • Mazda
    MazdaOctober 28, 2010
    The trellis supports the sound system, which spans the 4,000 fixed seats and the Great Lawn, which accommodates an additional 7,000 people.
  • Jackee B.
    Jackee B.October 18, 2010
    Frank Gehry
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoSeptember 24, 2010
    Listen and watch the Chicago Symphony OrchestraRiccardo Muti makes his debut as CSO music director with a free show in the park. Read more
  • Alexander G.
    Alexander GouletasJuly 19, 2010
    Free beer at 312 tent
  • Mallory W.
    Mallory WarnerJuly 9, 2010
    Music Without Borders on Thursday nights this summer is incredible Read more
  • Cerebelle
    CerebelleJune 7, 2010
    Edible Audible Picnic is every Monday at noon through the summer.
  • Ern D.
    Ern DJune 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the free Monday evening shows.
  • Josh C.
    Josh CopelandJuly 30, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Work in the loop? Brown-bag your lunch on Wednesdays & bring it to the Pritzker to hear the Grant Park Orchestra rehearse for its evening performances during the summer
  • Maria L.
    Maria LavegaOctober 31, 2016
    Es INCREÍBLE! Una muestra de la innovación de la ciudad. Deslumbra.
  • Carl T.
    Carl TanzlerSeptember 11, 2016
    Si es tu primera vez en el parque y aun estas en casa recuerda traer una manta y algo de comida para disfrutar de la música en el pabellón, es gratuito y es una forma relajada de visitar el Loop.
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!October 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!July 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!July 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra!🎵🎼🎤🎶👏
  • Mehmet Y.
    Mehmet YaziciogluMay 11, 2015
    Modern dizaynlı bir açıkhava tiyatrosu,gösteri izlemek isterdim
  • Rafael G.
    Rafael GomezNovember 8, 2013
    Verano es la época ideal, la gente organiza su picnic.
  • Elisa
    ElisaSeptember 11, 2012
    Se puede presenciar la ópera "Carmen" una noche de verano ->
  • Aprendi
    AprendiDecember 14, 2011
    Lyssette, una de nuestras viajeras, dice que los mejores conciertos son esos al aire libre en Chicago. ¿Estás de acuerdo? Cuéntanos en Aprendí. Read more
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