In the Spotlight

July 03, 2016

Rising Stars with the Ryan Opera Center 

For more than 25 years, the Grant Park Music Festival has been presenting rising stars from Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center as part of the Festival's summer concert season. What started as a night of operatic highlights at the Petrillo Bandshell has blossomed into an integral part of the Grant Park Orchestra's rich offerings. more

July 02, 2016

Author Nathan Hill Joins the Festival as Special Guest Lecturer 

Nathan Hill explores Bruch's Violin Concerto as a central theme in his debut novel, The Nix. Join him on Wednesday, July 13 at 5:30 pm in the Family Fun Tent as he reads an excerpt from The Nix and discusses Bruch with host Laura Sauer. more

June 30, 2016

Chicago’s Cole Porter Celebration 

To celebrate the red-hot-and-blue songbook of musical theater legend Cole Porter on the 125th anniversary of his birth, the Grant Park Music Festival welcomes sought-after Broadway music director Kevin Stites and an all-star lineup of guest soloists. more

June 27, 2016

Under the City Lights 

Pack a picnic in the Park and enjoy a movie under the Chicago skyline. The Grant Park Orchestra, led by guest conductor Andrés Franco, will perform a live orchestral screening of Charlie Chaplin's City Lights (1931) at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Wednesday, July 6 at 8 PM. more

June 23, 2016

Telling the Oldest Story in the World 

The Grant Park Orchestra tackles Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu's rarely performed heroic English-language oration, The Epic of Gilgamesh. more

June 07, 2016

A Picnic in the Cosmos 

Creative Chicagoans are invited to recruit their friends, choose a team name, pack a festive picnic and show off their clever, elaborate and imaginative feasts in the fifth annual Grant Park Music Festival Picnic Contest on the Great Lawn of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. more

May 31, 2016

Crazy, Passionate Storm 

Festival favorite Storm Large returns to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion to perform The Crazy Arc of Love with her band Le Bonheur on Wednesday, June 22. more

March 28, 2017

We're Classic Chicago 

Celebrate Chicago's summer music sensation in the city's most spectacular setting—Millennium Park. Relive the season and enjoy our video. more

May 17, 2016

Lunchtime Learning 

Docent Susan Fauer shares her insights at an open rehearsal. more