Venues & Opening Times

Plan your visit based on opening times at different venues.

The Jay Pritzker Pavilion is located in Millennium Park, near Washington Street and Michigan Avenue

The Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Most concerts take place outdoors at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, located in Millennium Park at 201 E. Randolph Street. Please note, opening times have changed for the 2018 season.


  • For most concerts, entrances and bag check lines open 2 hours before the concert.
  • The Jay Pritzker Pavilion, including the Seating Bowl and Great Lawn, are closed to the public earlier in the afternoon.
  • The Patron Service Center opens 90 minutes before the concert.

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance

The indoor Harris Theater is located north of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Randolph Street

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, located at 205 E. Randolph Street is the Festival’s favored indoor concert venue. Please note that when the Festival moves indoors opening times change.

  • The Lobby opens 90 minutes before the scheduled concert time.
  • The House (all seating areas) opens 30 minutes before the scheduled concert time.
  • Visit the Harris Theater website for more information.

Concerts at Other Venues

When the Orchestra and Chorus visit other venues, such as Chicago Park District fieldhouses or neighborhood houses of worship, the opening time is 30 minutes before the scheduled concert start time, or the venue's standard opening time.