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Carlos Kolmar conducts the Grant Park Music Festival at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion; photo Patrick Pyszka

Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar and Chorus Director Christopher Bell announce a rich array of programming for the Festival’s 2016 Season, taking place June 15–August 20 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park and venues throughout the city.


Open Rehearsals and Docent-Led Talks

Audiences can watch as the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus rehearse upcoming performances during the day, most Tuesdays–Fridays, June–August.

During breaks in rehearsals, Festival docents lead informal talks about the music, composers, and the history of classical music in the front of the Seating Bowl.

Click on the links in the schedule below for specific rehearsal dates and times.


Pre-Concert Lectures

A free pre-concert lecture series that takes an in-depth look at the Festival's programs and performers.

Each Wednesday and Friday at 5:30pm, and Saturday at 6:15pm in the Family Fun Tent of Millennium Park.  Pre-Concert Lectures feature guest speakers discussing the evening’s performance.

Click on the links in the schedule below for up-to-date information about weekly special guests.

The Family Fun Tent is accessible via Randolph Street on the upper west side of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Signs and ushers can help direct you to the entrance.

2016 Schedule

(All programs are subject to change)








Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion (unless noted differently)
201 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60602




FREE; For information on seating options at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, click here




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Every aspect of Millennium Park was designed to be fully accessible to all patrons. The following services are available:

  • Wheelchair loans in the Millennium Park Welcome Center, 201 E. Randolph Street
  • Integrated spaces for wheelchair seating at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Wheelchair accessible restroom facilities
  • Assistive listening devices at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Sound Booth




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