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For Love of the Festival

For Love of the Festival

They didn't come from musical families. Neither of them played instruments. But something happened when they walked into Millennium Park.

Successful Benefit Bodes Well for Summer 2022

Successful Benefit Bodes Well for Summer 2022

With proceeds reaching a record-breaking $945,000, Festival supporters rallied at last week's Advocate for the Arts Awards Benefit, signaling the public's eagerness to revel in their city's world-famous cultural scene

This Winter in Millennium Park

This Winter in Millennium Park

With the changing of the seasons comes a  new slate of fun things to do in the city. Bundle up and head downtown for caroling, skating and more.

Post-Season with Audrey Lee

Post-Season with Audrey Lee

"The stakes felt high . . . and I loved being pushed in that way," said violinist Audrey Lee, who reflects on lessons learned as a Grant Park Music Festival 2021 Project Inclusion fellow.

A Mythical Cow, 2,000 Acres of Rubble and a Vision of a Great City

A Mythical Cow, 2,000 Acres of Rubble and a Vision of a Great City

150 years on, the Great Chicago Fire burns brightly in the American story. An enduring symbol of Midwestern grit, the Fire sits at the crossroads of American expansion, giving rise to a modern city, a goodly amount of myth, and a piece of land that would one day become Millennium Park.

Advocate for the Arts Awards Benefit

Advocate for the Arts Awards Benefit

About 98 percent of the time, the Grant Park Music Festival is about flip-flops and picnic baskets. But there is one event that draws a range of Festival die-hards for a tony gathering in the fall: the annual Advocate for the Arts Awards Benefit.

Carlos Kalmar and the Lessons of 2021

Carlos Kalmar and the Lessons of 2021

For Grant Park Music Festival Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, the unplanned gap year brought on by the pandemic coincided with a surprising development.

Festival Welcomes New Board Members

Festival Welcomes New Board Members

Grant Park Orchestral Association Board Chair Adam Grais has announced the appointments of Renee Ferguson, Angela Lee, Jason Spigner, Curtis Tarver II and Andria van der Merwe to the Association’s Board of Directors.

A 380-Foot-Tall What?!

A 380-Foot-Tall What?!

Always, music festivals tout their successes in terms of attendance, box-office figures and dollars raised. This year the staff of the Grant Park Music Festival presents a slightly different take on the 2021 series.  

Column: It's Summer. Again. Make Your Resolutions.
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Column: It's Summer. Again. Make Your Resolutions.

Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich contemplates best bets for summer 2021.