Music in the Park Events for Families in Chicagoland

Enjoy summertime with these live musical acts in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

With warmer weather, there is more happening outdoors in Chicagoland. This summer, families can enjoy making crafts, watching movies and catching a concert at the parks in their area.

Make sure to pack some snacks and a blanket or chair and hit the park early for a great spot to hear some tunes.

Looking for more things to do with kids in Chicagoland? Check out our summer family guide!

Note: Some events are free, while others require a fee for parking or admission. Call ahead to be sure.

City 

Old Town School of Folk Music Happy Hour at Gallagher Way

June 20; July 11, 25; Aug. 8, 22; Sept. 12, 26, 2023

Enjoy a summer concert featuring rock, pop and folk music, free dance lessons and other interactive music experiences. For all ages.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “Concert for Chicago” in Millennium Park

June 27, 2023

Enjoy performances of the Andante moderato, written by longtime Chicago resident Florence Price, and Tchaikovsky’s exhilarating Fifth Symphony.

Broadway in Chicago Summer Concert at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

Aug. 14, 2023

Head downtown and hear selections from MJ, Hamilton, the pre-Broadway Chicago premieres of A Wonderful World and The Wiz, Boop! The Musical, which has its World Premiere in Chicago this fall, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Tony Award-winning musical revival Company and Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical. More shows to be announced.

North/Northwestern Suburbs 

Music Under The Trees at The Dole – The Throwbacks

May 25, 2023

Enjoy live music on the front lawn at The Dole by The Throwbacks. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and snacks.

Music Under The Trees at The Dole – Mellencougar

June 8, 2023

Enjoy live music on the front lawn at The Dole by Mellencougar, a tribute band to John Mellencamp. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and snacks. 

Kids Concert Series-Ben Tatar at North School Park

June 13, 2023

Enjoy a kid-friendly concert at North School Park featuring Ben Tatar and the Tatar Tots. 

Summer Concert Series at Willow Stream Park

June 13-Aug. 1, 2023 (Tuesdays, except July 4)

Families can enjoy a summer concert on Tuesday evenings along with a different local food vendor to buy dinner onsite.  

Ralph’s World at Ravinia

June 24, 2023

See Ralph’s World in concert at the pavilion at Ravinia. This kids concert has a pop/rock vibe.

Kids Concert Series-Miss Jamie’s Farm at North School Park

June 27, 2023

Enjoy a kid-friendly concert at North School Park featuring the popular music show for young kids with Miss Jamie’s Farm.  

National Seminario Ravinia: Orchestras for All Concert with Chicago Philharmonic

July 8, 2023

See students from across the country in concert at the pavilion at Ravinia. This kids concert features classical music. 

Music Under The Trees at The Dole – Mike Dangeroux Orchestra

July 13, 2023

Enjoy live music on the front lawn at The Dole by Mike Dangeroux Orchestra. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and snacks. 

Kids Concert Series-Jeanie B at North School Park

July 18, 2023

Enjoy a kid-friendly concert at North School Park, which features the singing and dancing with Jeanie B.

Kids Concert Series-ScribbleMonster at North School Park

July 25, 2023

Enjoy a kid-friendly concert by ScribbleMonster, which is comprised of five veteran Chicago-area performers.

Music Under The Trees at The Dole – Cap’n Funk & Groove Train

July 27, 2023

Enjoy live music on the front lawn at The Dole by Cap’n Funk & Groove Train. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and snacks. 

Laurie Berkner at Ravinia

July 30, 2023

See Laurie Berkner in concert at the pavilion at Ravinia. This kids pop/rock concert offers both an 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. show.

Opera for the Young: Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at Ravinia

Aug. 12, 2023

See a one-hour, mid-century modern adaptation for kids in classical/theater concert at the pavilion at Ravinia.

Music Under The Trees at The Dole – Winnie Cooper

Aug. 24, 2023

Enjoy live music on the front lawn at The Dole by Winnie Cooper. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and snacks. 

Okee Dokee Brothers at Ravinia

Aug. 26, 2023

See Okee Dokee Brothers in a country/folk concert at the pavilion at Ravinia.

Music Under The Trees at The Dole – The Jolly Ringwalds

Sept. 7, 2023

Enjoy live music on the front lawn at The Dole by The Jolly Ringwalds. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and snacks.

Music Under The Trees at The Dole – Galway Gals

Sept. 21, 2023

Enjoy live music on the front lawn at The Dole by Galway Gals. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and snacks.

South Suburbs 

Oswego Pops Orchestra- Tribute to Veterans Concert at Venue 1012

May 28, 2023

Enjoy a free concert at Venue 1012 as Oswego Pops Orchestra pays tribute to the men and women in our nation’s armed forces. The Oswego American Legion #675 will post and retire colors during the ceremony. 

Sealed With A Kiss at Venue 1012

June 1, 2023

Enjoy a free concert at Venue 1012 and see Sealed With A Kiss, a two-female-fronted high-energy pop rock cover band. 

SEMPLE band with Fletcher Rockwell at Venue 1012

June 10, 2023

Enjoy a fun concert with your family to see opening act, Fletcher Rockwell and headliner, SEMPLE.

Concert in the Park: Midnight at Tinley Park Park District

June 29, 2023

Families can enjoy live musical entertainment from Midnight at Tinley Park District’s Thursdays in the Park summer series. Bring your own blanket and chairs.

Petty Cash: Johnny Cash + Tom Petty Tribute Band

June 29, 2023

Enjoy a free concert with your family to see Tom Petty and Johnny Cash tribute band, Petty Cash.

Hillbilly Rockstarz at Venue 1012

July 6, 2023

See Hillbilly Rockstarz, which specialize in covering the latest hits of country music and classic favorites. 

Concert in the Park: Starlight City at Tinley Park Park District

July 13, 2023

Families can enjoy live musical entertainment from Starlight City at Tinley Park District’s Thursdays in the Park summer series. Bring your own blanket and chairs. 

Boy Band Review at Venue 1012

July 15, 2023

Enjoy a family-friendly concert with Boy Band Review, which has all the 90s throwbacks you can sing and dance to. 

Concert in the Park: Bagshot Row at Tinley Park Park District

July 27, 2023

Families can enjoy live musical entertainment from Bagshot Row at Tinley Park District’s Thursdays in the Park summer series. Bring your own blanket and chairs. 

The GooRoos at Venue 1012

Feel like you’re at an old-school rock concert.

Southern Accents: Tom Petty Tribute Band at Venue 1012

Aug. 5, 2023 

Families can enjoy this Tom Petty tribute band called Southern Accents, formed by elite musicians from Nashville.

Music in the Park: Electro Retro at Tinley Park Park District

Aug. 17, 2023

Families can enjoy live musical entertainment from Electro Retro at Tinley Park District’s Thursdays in the Park summer series. Bring your own blanket and chairs.

Second Hand News: Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band at Venue 1012

Aug. 17, 2023

Enjoy a free concert with your family to see Fleetwood Mac tribute band, Second Hand News.

Western Suburbs

Cantigny Summer Concert Series

May 28-29; June 4, 11, 25; July 2, 4, 9, 15, 23, 30; Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27; Sept. 3-4, 2023

Families can enjoy an outdoor concert, which features lawn seating. Bring your own chairs, blankets and picnics.

Lunchtime Live – Miss Liz Music at Cerny Park

June 8, 2023

Pack a lunch and join Cerny Park for a lunchtime kids concert with Miss Liz.

Lunchtime Live – Wendy & DB at Cerny Park

June 22, 2023

Pack a lunch and join Cerny Park for a lunchtime kids concert with Wendy and DB.

Lunchtime Live – Mr. Dave Music at Cerny Park

July 13, 2023  

Pack a lunch and join Cerny Park for a lunchtime kids concert with Mr. Dave.

Lunchtime Live – ScribbleMonster at Cerny Park

July 27, 2023 

Pack a lunch and join Cerny Park for a kids lunchtime concert with ScribbleMonster.

Lunchtime Live – Jodi Koplin’s Jigglejam at Cerny Park

Aug. 10, 2023

Pack a lunch and join Cerny Park for a kids lunchtime concert with Jodi Koplin.

Concerts in Your Park: Superchair Band at Queensbury Greens

June 11, 2023

Families can enjoy a Sunday evening live concert in the park.

Concerts in Your Park: Fletcher Rockwell at Winding Creek Park

June 25, 2023

Families can enjoy a Sunday evening live concert in the park.

Concerts in Your Park: Gen FuZe at Ashwood Park

July 9, 2023

Families can enjoy a Sunday evening live concert in the park.

Concerts in Your Park: BackForward Band at Wil-O-Way Park

July 16, 2023

Families can enjoy a Sunday evening live concert in the park.

Concerts in Your Park: OMT at Three Meadows Park

July 23, 2023

Families can enjoy a Sunday evening live concert in the park.

Concerts in Your Park: Scarlett’s Fire at Tall Grass Park

July 30, 2023

Families can enjoy a Sunday evening live concert in the park.

This post is updated annually. 


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