Welcome back!

The Grant Park Music Festival is thrilled to present to you another season of free, world-class music-making on Chicago's lakefront. Due to the pandemic, things will look a little different this year. Please take a moment to review this page.

As of Opening Night, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion will operate at a reduced capacity in the Seating Bowl and on the Great Lawn necessitating a reservations requirement during the 2021 season. We have in place a set of strictly enforced Health & Safety protocols*. All concertgoers must agree to abide by them—masks are mandatory—in order to gain entry to the Pavilion.

*Safety protocols, including seating capacity, are subject to change based on directives from state and local authorities. 

Public Safety

The Grant Park Music Festival's return to Millennium Park was facilitated by a team of experts operating with the best available science—public health experts, doctors; chemical, biochemical and acoustical engineers; members of our board, the mayor's office and our staff—to achieve a safe space for audience, musicians and staff, alike.

You'll notice many layers of protection (read our Health & Safety protocols), developed with the understanding that no single layer can prevent the spread of COVID-19, but each layer can work effectively with others to prevent transmission. These include fresh air, mandatory use of face coverings, touch-free customer service, vaccines, sanitization, reduced capacity and physical distancing. We ask for your cooperation in helping us to ensure your safety and the safety of everyone in the Festival family. 

Reservations Required for Free Seating

Free passes to Grant Park Music Festival concerts in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion will come available at 10:00AM on the Monday before the event. At that time, you may choose seats in the Seating Bowl or reserve a "pod" on the Great Lawn for 2 to 6 people (including children) using the link provided alongside the concert listing. Passes will be touch-free, issued as a barcode to be printed at home or displayed on your smartphone. An usher will scan your barcode upon entry to the Pavilion. Lawn patrons: please assemble your party prior to entry.

Why Reduced Seating Capacity?

The seating capacity of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion is set by the city. As the pandemic is an ever-changing situation, the Festival is unable to anticipate increases and decreases in seating capacity. Because the risk of infection continues to be high, we will proceed with caution and continue to monitor conditions in consultation with state and local authorities, adjusting seating and health & safety policies accordingly. For more information, please review the CDC guidelines for large outdoor events. 


A limited number of seats and pods may come available on the day of the concert starting at 5:00PM. Walk-ups will be directed to form a line at the Patron Service Center located near Randolph Street. Please assemble your party (up to 6 people) before entering the Pavilion.


Program Books

To minimize contact between staff and visitors, program books will be digital only and are available alongside each concert listing, via the weekly eNews and via QR codes posted in the Park.

To use a QR code, aim the camera of your smartphone at the code. A link to the program book will appear on your screen. Touch the link to view the program.

Pre-Concert Lectures

For your safety and convenience, all pre-concert lectures will be virtual in 2021. Pre-concert lecture videos may be viewed on our YouTube channel.

How can I become a member?

Regrettably, the Festival will be unable to accommodate new members at this time due to reduced seating capacity in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

No Open Rehearsals

There were many changes required of the Festival in order to safely welcome the orchestra and chorus back to the Pritzker Pavilion. One significant change—caused by the lingering impacts of the pandemic—is a City mandate requiring the Seating Bowl to remain closed during rehearsals this year. This means that while Millennium Park and its walkways across and around the Pavilion remain open, the seating areas, including the Great Lawn and Seating Bowl, will be closed.

2021 Seating

Spots are available in both the Seating Bowl and on the Great Lawn, but reservations are required. Please familiarize yourself with the 2021 procedures before you come to the Park.