Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to some typical questions about the Grant Park Music Festival.
What is the Grant Park Music Festival?
The Grant Park Music Festival is a series of classical music concerts and events featuring the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, resident ensembles of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
Are there free seats available to the public?
Yes, all of our concerts have free seats available to the public.
What if I'd like to sit closer to the stage?
What to do in case of rain or dangerous weather?
Concerts are rarely canceled due to rain. In the event of dangerous weather, such as lightning or tornado warnings, patrons are advised to exit the Park. If shelter is needed immediately, you can enter the parking garage on the northeast side of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Visit our Rain Policy page for more information.
How can I learn more about the concert?
Free pre-concert lectures, offering an in-depth look at the evening's program and performers, take place one hour before every concert in the Chase Promenade North tent, located on the walkway by the west side of the Pavilion. There are also informal talks about the concerts at our lunchtime rehearsals, along with program notes for each concert on our website.
What are the new security procedures?
The City of Chicago has implemented a security perimeter and bag check policy for all concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Changes have also been made to opening times and the prohibited items list. Please plan ahead and arrive early for all concerts.
What items are prohibited?
The following items are not permitted: metal knives; candles, open flames, and/or grills; balloons; pets or other animals; tents, flags and/or plastic tarps; anything that stakes into the ground. Visit the prohibited items page for more details.
Where can I smoke?
Smoking is prohibited in the Seating Bowl and on the Great Lawn of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
I am coming with a group. How can I reserve seats?
Group seating is available for groups of 10 or more. Please call us at 312.742.7640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What other events are happening in Millennium Park?
For information about Millennium Park programs and events other than the Grant Park Music Festival, visit millenniumpark.org. Please note: Grant Park Music Festival membership privileges do not extend to other concerts held in Millennium Park.
Where do I find information about other Chicago festivals?
For other events coordinated by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase.
Where can I dine before or after a concert?
Grant Park Music Festival concertgoers will find special offers and great dining experiences at many fine restaurants, conveniently located near the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. See our member offers!
What’s the best way to get to the Festival?
Visit our Getting to the Festival page for public transit, car, and bicycling information.
Can I get there by bicycle?
One of the easiest ways to get to Millennium Park is by bicycle. For everyone’s safety, bicycles must be walked in the park. Bicycle parking is available in Millennium Park. For more information visit bikechicago.com.
Is the Pavilion accessible to people with disabilities?
The Jay Pritzker Pavilion is accessible for those with disabilities. Visit our Accessibility page for more information.
May I bring my dog along?
Animals are not allowed in Millennium Park, unless they are service animals.
Membership contributions to the Grant Park Orchestral Association are tax deductible to fullest extent allowed by federal law. As such, refunds cannot be made on memberships, guest passes, or One Night Pass orders. We do not accept returns or exchanges of Festival merchandise purchased in Millennium Park.
CONCERTS CONTINUE RAIN OR SHINE. Program, artists, and event date and time are subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges are available for weather-based cancellations. Late seating is available at the discretion of house management and may not be available for certain programs and seating locations. Management reserves the right to refuse admission, or eject any person whose conduct is deemed disorderly or intrusive upon the enjoyment of others.