2018 Summer Music Series in the Western Suburbs

Here in the western suburbs, we know that there’s no better way to spend a lazy summer night than by gathering with friends and neighbors in a local park to enjoy some live music. It’s a great way to get the kids outside for some good, wholesome fun while you get to sit back, relax and take in some great sounds as you socialize under the stars.

Most venues have concessions available for purchase, but you might prefer to pack a picnic lunch or dinner for an even more memorable (and totally free!) outing with the family. There are also plenty of kid-centric daytime events, so we’ve got even your littlest music lovers covered. Check out our extensive list of live music events in the Western suburbs to keep your family entertained all summer long.

2018 Summer Music Series in the West Suburbs

Click on the event title to view the full schedule and lineup.

Mondays

Music Mondays in the Park (Wheaton)
July 9-30, 2018 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Featuring different types of music for all ages. Free concerts with concessions available onsite.

Outdoor Concerts (Cantigny, Wheaton)
May 28 – September 3, 2018 (select Mondays) | Times vary
Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Picnics are welcome and concessions available. See website for full details.

Tuesdays

Summer Concert Series (Downers Grove)
May 29 – August 21, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Free entertainment with food and drinks available for purchase.

Totally Tuesdays (Lisle)
June 19, July 10, August 7, 2018 | 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Free kids lunchtime entertainment.

Children’s Lunch Hour Entertainment Series (Naperville)
June 12 – July 24, 2018 | 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
The fun, varied and interactive shows feature talented performers who enjoy entertaining and involving young audiences.

Summer Concert Series (Bloomingdale)
June 5 – August 14, 2018 | 7:00 pm
You may bring lawn chairs and refreshments to these free concerts.

Wednesdays

Dancin’ in the Street (Clarendon Hills)
June 20 – August 1, 2018 (no concert July 4) | 7:00 pm
Free live music with food available for purchase.

Music Under the Stars (La Grange Park)
June 20 – August 15, 2018 (no concert July 4) | 7:00 pm
Indoor location planned in case of inclement weather.

Kiwanis Summer Concerts (Villa Park)
July 11– 25, 2018 | 6:30 pm
Children’s craft corner and food available for purchase.

Summer Concert Series (Woodridge)
June 20 – August 1, 2018 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Bring your chairs and blankets to various neighborhood parks to enjoy free live music.

Summer Jazz in the Park (Glen Ellyn)
June 20, July 25 and August 15, 2018 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
The Glen Ellyn Jazz Ensemble, a 16-member group, plays a mix of Big Band tunes in a Ravinia style setting.

Thursdays

Music at the Gazebo (Elmhurst)
June 7 – August 16, 2018 (Select Thursdays) | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Free concerts featuring a range of genres.

Uniquely Thursdays (Hinsdale)
June 14 – August 16, 2018 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Live entertainment for all ages as well as multiple food vendors.

Summer Concert Series (Oak Brook)
June 28 – July 26, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Bring your blankets, baskets, and lawn chairs. Food available for purchase. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be moved indoors.

Thursday Night Out (Oak Park)
May 24 — August 30, 2018 | 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Enjoy free live music while dining al fresco as 20+ restaurants will have food/drinks available for purchase.

Concert and Art Series (Westmont)
July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 2018 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Free concerts in Westmont parks. Concession stand snacks available.

August Summer Concerts (Villa Park)
August 2-30, 2018 | 6:30 pm
Concessions available for purchase.

Summer Concerts (Carol Stream)
June 6 — August 9, 2018 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Live music and food for purchase.

Fridays

Summer Nights (Brookfield Zoo)
July 6 – August 18, 2018 | 4:00 – 9:00 pm (Fridays and Saturdays)
Enhanced dining, beer and wine garden, live music, roaming performers, kid entertainment, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature. Free for members; general admission is required for non-members.

Concerts on the Green (Burr Ridge)
June 15 – August 24, 2018 (no concert July 6) | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Bring your food, coolers, chairs and blankets and set up for free concerts throughout the summer.

Summer Nights Classic Car Show (Downers Grove)
May 25 – August 31, 2018 (no show June 22) | 6:00 – 9:00 pm
An array of Classic Cars will line the streets and live entertainment will be held at the Main Street Train Station.

Naper Nights Community Concert Series (Naperville)
June 15 (5 pm) , July 20 (6 pm), and August 17 (5 pm), 2018
Food and beverages will be available for purchase; no outside food or beverages are allowed.

Outdoor Concerts (Cantigny, Wheaton)
June 15 – August 17, 2018 (select Fridays) | Times vary
Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Picnics are welcome and concessions available. See website for full details.

Saturdays

Summer Nights (Brookfield Zoo)
July 6 – August 18, 2018 | 4:00 – 9:00 pm (Fridays and Saturdays)
Enhanced dining, beer and wine garden, live music, roaming performers, kid entertainment, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature. Free for members; general admission is required for non-members.

Cruise Nights and Summer Concert Series (Lombard)
June 9 – August 25, 2018 | 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Enjoy live music, a kids’ corner, and a large collection of classic, custom and collector cars.

Naper Nights Community Concert Series (Naperville)
June 16 (5 pm) , July 21 (6 pm), and August 18 (5 pm), 2018
Food and beverages will be available for purchase; no outside food or beverages are allowed.

Outdoor Concerts (Cantigny, Wheaton)
June 16 – August 11, 2018 (select Saturdays) | Times vary
Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Picnics are welcome and concessions available. See website for full details.

Sundays

Concerts in the Park (Darien)
July 15 and August 5, 2018 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Free music in the park on two dates in the summertime.

Outdoor Concerts (Cantigny, Wheaton)
May 27 – September 2, 2018 | Times vary
Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Picnics are welcome and concessions available. See website for full details.

Multi-day Festivals with Music

Rotary GroveFest (Downers Grove)
June 21 – 24, 2018
Live music, food and business expo, midway and carnival, and festival of cars.

Northwest Fourth-Fest (Hoffman Estates)
June 30 – July 2, 2018
Fireworks, food and beverages, carnival, craft fair, parade, and live music.

Endless Summerfest (La Grange)
August 3-5, 2018
Live music and entertainment, carnival, food vendors, beer and wine garden and fireworks.

Park Parties (River Forest)
June 21 and July 19, 2018 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Live entertainment, face painting, grilled hot dogs and frozen treats.

Other Events with Live Music

If you prefer to view the options for live music by date, the following events feature live music in some form, as part of a summer concert series, singular events with live music, or kids events with music incorporated. Click on the event title to view more information.

First Fridays (Aurora)
May 4, 2018 | 5:00 – 11:00 pm

Lilac Time (Lombard)
May 5, 2018 | 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Zoo-Topia Kid Rock Event (Wheaton)
May 15, 2018 | 10:00 – 10:45 am

A Splashy Celebration in the Children’s Garden (Lisle)
May 19, 2018 | 9:45 am – 2:00 pm

School’s Out Party (Elmhurst)
May 25, 2018 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Summer Concert Series (Downers Grove)
May 29, 2018 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Fam JAMS! ¡Super Stolie Guacamole! (Oswego)
June 2, 2018 | 10:00 – 10:45 am

Check out live music this summer in the southwest suburbs, too! And we’ve got plenty more outdoor family fun on our site for more memory-making together.

About the Author

Sara Heiserman
Sara is a small town girl who spent several years as a writer in the big city before heading out to the ‘burbs with her hubby to raise their growing family. Charmed by Lemont’s picturesque landscape and genuine hometown pride, Sara loves that there’s always something fun to do or see nearby with her 5- and 3-year old sons and 1-year old daughter. In warmer months, Sara and her crew enjoy playing on the family farm, splash pad hopping and catching Movies in the Park. In cooler months, she plans lots of play dates to keep everybody sane and indulges her creative spirit, crafting, baking and home decorating.

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