Grant Park Music Festival
21 May 2019
At 1000M, living across from Grant Park more than has its perks. Of course, there’s the view of lush greenery, dotted with essential Chicago sculptures and statues. But in the summer, residents might also experience swells of classical music wafting in through the windows.
History and Influence of Grant Park Music Festival
One of the world’s preeminent classical music festivals, the Grant Park Music Festival brings the musical sensation of classical concerta to transformatively impact the city. The festival was born out of a creative response to the Great Depression of the 1930s and grew from there.
The music festival officially began in 1935, featuring a series of visiting orchestras. But with the establishment of the Grant Park Orchestra in 1944, the musicians were brought in from various institutions across the US for a ten-week intensive of rehearsals and performances at the Grant Park Music Festival. Accompanying them, The Grant Park Chorus is a professional ensemble that includes more than one hundred members, most of whom reside full-time in Illinois.
The Grant Park Music Festival Today
After finding its stride and having many homes, the Grant Park Music Festival has settled in to the stunning, state-of-the-art Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Starting June 12, the festival hosts concerts every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until the season’s end on August 17. The first show on June 12 is Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2. Other concerts this year include Beethoven Symphony No. 8, Tchaikovsky Swan Lake, Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 and more.
The Grant Park Music Festival is a unique collaboration between the Grant Park Orchestral Association, the Chicago Park District and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Alongside the 10-week session of concerts, the festival also hosts artistic development initiatives, radio broadcasts and community engagement and outreach programs.
There are three membership levels allowing you to customize your concert-going experience to fit your needs and schedule. For the full festival schedule and to purchase tickets, visit the Grant Park Music Festival’s website.