June 29, 2017

concert tips for star wars and more july 8

Whether you’re attending Star Wars and More on July 8 to show off your Star Wars costume or to hear the famous music of John Williams, we can’t wait to see you at the Festival!

Here are some tips for both Festival veterans and newbies about this exciting event.

Experiencing the Concert

The Orchestra will begin playing at 8 PM. We expect this to be a popular performance, so we recommend you arrive early to get a good seat!

1. If you’d like to chat during the performance, consider sitting towards the back of the Lawn so those near the front can enjoy the concert!

2. Free seating is available on the Great Lawn and in the back half of the Seating Bowl.

3. Feel free to bring along a picnic and have dinner al fresco on the Great Lawn.

4. Festival concerts happen rain or shine—check the weather beforehand and bring weather-appropriate gear!

Please also note that due to special events in and around Grant Park, please expect unusually heavy traffic and delays. Portions of Columbus Drive will be closed. Please allow extra time for travel.

Learn more about Experiencing the Festival, including seating information, transportation options, dining in the park, and more.

The Costume Party

Festival patrons are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Wars characters during the concert on July 8. An official photo will be taken at The Bean at 7 PM. Come in costume—Chicago Media Personality Jeanne Sparrow will be emceeing this event, and we'll have fun trivia questions and giveaways for reserved seats to future concerts beginning at 6:30 PM! Star Wars related props, including lightsabers and blasters, are permitted at this event.


Need some costume ideas? Scroll down for four easy DIY ideas using items you probably have right at your house!






Rebel or Stormtrooper, Sith or Jedi, droid or human, let’s make July 8th a great night for everyone! For more info on the concert, click here, and for the Facebook costume party event, click here.

May the Force be with you!