Your Guide to 2019 Summer Music Concerts in the Western Suburbs

As you work on your summer bucket list, don’t forget an outdoor concert as a part of a summer music series in the western suburbs. (After all, we endure winters in Chicago in order to be able to enjoy summertime fun outside!) Whether you’re taking in a children’s performance or a sunset serenade, get your family and friends together to enjoy the evening.

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. This article is sponsored by Mattix Music Studio and the featured listings. If your kids are interested in music, you should definitely check out the opportunities they offer!

Mattix Music Studio

Mattix Music Studio
Christian Reformed Church of Western Springs
5140 Wolf Road
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 638-3027
info@mattixmusic.com

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  • Ages 2 to adult.
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Sing, dance, play instruments and grow in our fun and enriching classes for children ages 0-5 and their families. Flexible 6-class package with online booking.

For more information and booking, visit www.mattixmusic.com/summer.

2019 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 8 – 29, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Featuring different types of music for the whole family. The concerts are free and concessions will be available for purchase.

Tuesdays

Summer Concert Series (Downers Grove)
May 28 – August 20, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Free entertainment with food and drinks available for purchase starting an hour before the show.

Totally Tuesdays (Lisle)
June 11, July 23, August 6, 2019 | 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Free kids lunchtime entertainment.

Children’s Lunch Hour Entertainment Series (Naperville)
June 11 – July 23, 2019 | 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Join for a fun show featuring various children’s performers. A 10-minute story time will take place before each show.

Summer Concert Series (Bloomingdale)
June 11 – August 13, 2019 | 7:00 pm
You may bring lawn chairs and refreshments to these free concerts.

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Wednesdays

Dancin’ in the Street (Clarendon Hills)
June 19 – July 31, 2019 (no concert July 3) | 7:00 pm
Free live music with food available for purchase.

Summer Concert Series (Bolingbrook)
June 5 – August 28, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Enjoy a beautiful summer night concert. Check the schedule for a wide range of artists.

Music Under the Stars (La Grange Park)
June 19 – August 7, 2019 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Indoor location planned in case of inclement weather.

Kiwanis Summer Concerts (Villa Park)
July 3 – 24, 2019 | 6:30 pm
Children’s craft corner and food available for purchase.

Summer Concert Series (Woodridge)
June 19 – July 31, 2019 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Bring your chairs and blankets to various neighborhood parks to enjoy free live music.

Block to Block Party (Elmhurst)
June 5 – July 31, 2019 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Live music in the plazas of downtown Elmhurst and free crafts for kids.

Summer Entertainment Series (Lisle)
July 17, 24 and 31, 2019 | 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Live music at the newly renovated Van Kampen Stage. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

Summer Jazz in the Park (Glen Ellyn)
June 19, July 24 and August 21, 2019 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
The Glen Ellyn Jazz Ensemble, a 16-member group, plays a mix of your favorite songs.

Concert and Art Series (Westmont)
July 24, 31 and August 7, 14, 2019 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Free concerts in various Westmont parks. Concession stand snacks available.

Thursdays

Oak Brook Park District Summer Concerts Series in the Park

Oak Brook Park District Summer Concert Series
Central Park Performing Arts Pavilion
1500 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

June 27 – August 1, 2019 | 7:00 pm

Bring your blankets, baskets, and lawn chairs for these FREE performances on Thursday nights. Concerts are at the Central Park Performing Arts Pavilion, 1500 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook. Food and beverages are available for purchase. (Beverage sales are cash only). Our concerts are rain or shine! If inclement weather is forecast (rain, heat, etc.) shows will be moved into the gyms at the Family Recreation Center. Updates will be made the day of the performance. Weather hotline: (630) 645-9553.

June 27: Dancing Queen (ABBA Cover Band)
July 11: The Sting Rays (Oldies)
July 18: The Flat Cats (Jazz and Blues)
July 25: Cadillac Groove (8-Piece Band)
August 1: Pirates Over 40 (Tropical getaway)

Music at the Gazebo (Elmhurst)
June 6 – August 15, 2019 (Select Thursdays) | 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Free concerts featuring a range of musical genres.

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Uniquely Thursdays (Hinsdale)
June 13 – August 22, 2019 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Live entertainment for all ages as well as multiple food, beer and wine vendors.

Thursday Family Nights (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
June 13 – August 15, 2019 | 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Explore the Morton Arboretum and enjoy children’s entertainment. Non-members pay $5 admission after 4:30 pm.

Thursday Night Out (Oak Park)
May 30 – August 29, 2019 | 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Enjoy free live music while dining al fresco as 20+ restaurants will have food/drinks available for purchase.

August Summer Concerts (Villa Park)
August 1 – 29, 2019 | 6:30 pm
Concessions available for purchase beginning at 6:00 pm.

Summer Concerts (Carol Stream)
June 6 — August 8, 2019 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Live music and food for purchase.

Fridays

Summer Nights (Brookfield Zoo)
June 21 – August 10, 2019 | 5:00 – 9:00 pm (Fridays and Saturdays)
Enjoy the zoo and so much more. Live music, special food and drink options, various performers, and a laser light show. Free for members; general admission is required for non-members.

Concerts on the Green (Burr Ridge)
June 14 – August 23, 2019 | 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 24 – August 30, 2019 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
An array of Classic Cars will line the streets beginning at 6:00 pm and live entertainment will be held at the Main Street Train Station.

Naper Nights Community Concert Series (Naper Settlement, Naperville)
June 14, July 19, and August 16, 2019 | start time varies
Food and beverages will be available for purchase; no outside food or beverages are allowed.

Outdoor Concerts (Cantigny, Wheaton)
May 26 – September 2, 2019 (select Fridays) | Times vary
Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Picnics are welcome and concessions available.

Saturdays

Summer Nights (Brookfield Zoo)
June 21 – August 10, 2019 | 5:00 – 9:00 pm (Fridays and Saturdays)
Enjoy the zoo and so much more. Live music, special food and drink options, various performers, and a laser light show. Free for members; general admission is required for non-members.

Cruise Nights and Summer Concert Series (Lombard)
June 8 – August 24, 2019 | 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 (Naper Settlement, Naperville)
June 15, July 20, and August 17, 2019 | start time varies
Food and beverages will be available for purchase; no outside food or beverages are allowed.

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Tiny Great Performances (Dupage Children’s Museum, Naperville)
May 4 – August 17, 2019 (select Saturdays) | 10:00 and 10:45 am
Included with your museum admission, families can enjoy a variety of musical performances that encourage art appreciation. Check the schedule for performers.

Outdoor Concerts (Cantigny, Wheaton)
May 26 – September 2, 2019 (select Saturdays) | Times vary
Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Picnics are welcome and concessions available.

Sundays

Concerts in the Park (Darien)
July 14 and August 4, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Free music in the park on two dates in the summertime.

Outdoor Concerts (Cantigny, Wheaton)
May 26 – September 2, 2019 (Select Sundays) | Times vary
Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Picnics are welcome and concessions available.

Outdoor Family Concerts (Cantigny, Wheaton)
May 26 – September 2, 2019 (Select Sundays) | Times vary
Bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy children’s entertainment. Picnics are welcome and concessions available.

Concerts in the Park (Naperville)
June 9 – July 28, 2019 (select Sundays) | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Enjoy free family-friendly entertainment.

Multi-day Festivals with Music

Rotary GroveFest (Downers Grove)
June 20 – 23, 2019
Live music, food and business expo, midway and carnival, and festival of classic cars.

Northwest Fourth-Fest (Hoffman Estates)
July 4 – July 6, 2019
Fireworks, food and beverages, carnival, craft fair, parade, and live music.

Endless Summerfest (La Grange)
August 2 – 4, 2019
Live music and entertainment, carnival, food vendors, beer and wine garden and fireworks.

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)
June 7, and August 2, 2019 | 5:00 – 11:00 pm

Lilac Time (Lombard)
May 5, 2019 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Concert in the Park (Western Springs)
June 14, July 10 and August 2, 2019 | Times vary

Zoo-Topia Kid Rock Event (Wheaton)
May 7, 2019 | 10:00 – 10:45 am

Park Parties (River Forest)
June 20 and July 18, 2019 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Live entertainment, face painting, grilled hot dogs and frozen treats.

Concert in the Park (Oswego)
August 15, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Enjoy a local band as we usher in the 2019-2020 school year.

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

Katie Mayle
Katie is a mother of two girls and a baby boy (ages 5 1/2, 4, and 6 months), and has lived in the Chicagoland for her entire life. A Joliet native, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Naperville after the birth of their second daughter. The girls keep her family very active, and she is grateful for the countless indoor and outdoor opportunities available to families in the western suburbs. She looks forward to sharing family-friendly fun with the parents of young children.

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