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Then and Now: A Lifetime of Concerts

Then and Now: A Lifetime of Concerts

Julian Oettinger can't exactly remember his first concert in Grant Park—but it was two venues ago. In our 20th-anniversary year, a charter board member of the Grant Park Orchestra Association, founded in 2002 to support the beloved summer series, says the future is bright. 

Spotlight - Black History Month

Spotlight - Black History Month

Get to know some of the history makers behind Festival 2022, from Tony-, Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize-winners to an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, awarded by Queen Elizabeth II.

Festival Welcomes New Board Members

Festival Welcomes New Board Members

The Grant Park Music Festival is pleased to welcome three people to the Board of Directors: Derrick Manuel, Hedy Ratner and Ramon Stewart. Together they bring a range of experiences and skills to the organization that will support efforts to better serve the Chicago community.   

Festival 2022: Recovering Lost Gems

Festival 2022: Recovering Lost Gems

Two years ago, the Grant Park Music Festival hired three composers for projects inspired by Chicago's musical legacy. And then the world went into lockdown. Due to Covid, those 2020 concerts didn't happen, but the compositions did. Now a full ten-week series is on the horizon, and the Festival is circling back to recover some of those things from a lost year.

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.