The Grant Park Music Festival launches its 88th season

Starting Wednesday evening, the Grant Park Music Festival will kick off its 88th season.

Until August 20, free concerts will take place every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening at the Pritzker Pavilion.

Most will include the Grant Park Symphony and the Grant Park Chorus.

“It’s a total treasure for the city, a total musical treasure,” said Festival CEO Paul Winberg.

“Having this and making it free is one of the greatest gifts not only to humanity if I may be so noble, but certainly to the city of Chicago,” said music lover Bleu Bettencourt, who listened to the rehearsal of the opening day of the symphony on Wednesday. afternoon.

The lawn can accommodate 7,000 people, the pavilion itself can accommodate 4,000 people.

Organizers say the only thing you need to do is prepare.

“Bring your picnics, bring your wine, bring your soft drinks — whatever helps you have a really enjoyable summer night in downtown Chicago,” Winberg said.

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If you don’t want to brave downtown traffic, this season 12 Festival performances will take place in neighborhoods across the city.

“It’s an incredible tradition in Chicago,” Winberg said. “There’s nothing else like it in the country.”

For the complete schedule, visit GPMF.org.

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