In the Spotlight

July 27, 2018

Mars and the Stars Arrive at the Festival 

See the stars of the Grant Park Orchestra on August 1 for Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, featuring the return of the Festival's Principal Conductor, Carlos Kalmar. Then, join us after the concert when the Chicago Astronomical Society leads view of Jupiter, Saturn and Mars with telescopes from the back of the Great Lawn. more

July 14, 2018

A Homecoming for a World-Class Violin 

THE LEGENDARY VIOLIN, the ‘Wieniakwski’ Guarneri del Gesù returns to Chicago for the first time since 2010 in the trusted hands of guest violinist, Paul Huang. more

July 05, 2018

A Night of Music of the Silver Screen 

ON THE HEELS OF LAST SUMMER'S concert featuring the Grant Park Orchestra performing film scores by composer John Williams, this year the Festival showcases the scope and history of movies and their music. more

June 28, 2018

The Festival in the Neighborhoods 

EVERY YEAR, THE GRANT PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL GOES ON THE ROAD, with free performances by the Orchestra and Chorus in neighborhood cultural centers. more

June 23, 2018


IN 2014, WILLIAM BOLCOM HELPED MARK THE GRANT PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL’S 80TH ANNIVERSARY with a week long residency that culminated in the world premiere of Millennium: Concerto-Fantasia, specially commissioned by the Festival. more

June 08, 2018

A Pastoral Picnic in White 

It's Our Backyard Party for the City! On the evening of Saturday, July 28, people from all over Chicago will be dressed in white, enjoying dinner on the Great Lawn in Millennium Park, listening to Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony played by the Grant Park Orchestra. more

May 17, 2018

Welcome to Our New Musicians 

From familiar faces in new places, to new faces in old places, the Grant Park Music Festival has some introductions to make! Get to know a little bit more about the people behind the music you love—from the longtime Festival violinist who became our Assistant Concertmaster this year, to the newcomers who spend their summer break with us after a year of performing around Chicago and all over the world. To our new orchestra and chorus members: welcome to the Festival! more

May 17, 2018

Important Information for Our Audiences 

WHILE MUSIC IS OUR MISSION, PATRON SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY. Here are some important things to know when attending the Grant Park Music Festival: more

May 11, 2018

Open Rehearsals Begin Tuesday, June 12 

The sounds of the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus come alive on Tuesday through Fridays at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion when the Festival is in season. Each summer, more than 23,000 Chicagoans and visitors spend their lunch break watching rehearsals and listening to docent-led talks about the Festival's concert programs. more