Summer Music Series in the Near Western Suburbs

We love attending Music in the Park nights in the summertime! It’s a fun way to spend summer evenings with the family, and the kids always find friends to dance around with. Live music, fresh air and free entertainment add up to a nice night locally. Some venues offer food and snacks for purchase, or you can pack a picnic to enjoy under the stars. Either way, it’s a great way to gather with your neighbors, support local bands and enjoy al fresco dining all at the same time. Take advantage of this list of summer music series the next time your family is looking for a musical evening out!

Summer Music Series

Click on the event title to be taken to the full schedule and lineup.

 

Mondays

Music Mondays in the Park (Wheaton)
July 10-31, 2017 | 6:30 pm
Featuring different types of music for all ages. Free concerts with concessions available onsite.

 

Tuesdays

Summer Concert Series (Downers Grove)
May 30 – August 29, 2017 (no concert July 4) | 7:00 pm (6pm on May 30)
Free entertainment with food and drinks available for purchase. There is an indoor location option in case of bad weather.

Totally Tuesdays (Lisle)
June 13, July 11, August 1, 2017 | 11:45 am
Free kids lunchtime entertainment.

Children’s Lunch Hour Entertainment Series (Naperville)
June 13 – July 25, 2017 | 11:30 am
The fun, varied and interactive shows last approximately 45 minutes and feature talented performers who enjoy entertaining and involving young audiences.

 

Wednesdays

Dancin’ in the Street (Clarendon Hills)
June 21 – August 2, 2017 (no concert July 5) | 7:00 pm
Free live music, food available for purchase.

Music Under the Stars (La Grange Park)
June 28 – August 16, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Indoor location planned in case of inclement weather.

Kiwanis Summer Concerts (Villa Park)
July 5 – 26, 2017 | 6:30 pm
Children’s craft corner and  food available for purchase.

Summer Concert Series (Woodridge)
June 21 – August 2, 2017 (no concert July 5) | 7:00 pm
Bring your chairs and blankets to various neighborhood parks to enjoy live music.

Summer Jazz in the Park (Glen Ellyn)
June 21, July 26 and August 16, 2017 | 7:00 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 1 – August 17, 2017 (Select Thursdays) | 7:00 pm
Free concerts ranging from Hawaiian to jazz to folk music.

Uniquely Thursdays (Hinsdale)
June 15 – August, 2017 | 6:00 pm
Live entertainment for all ages as well as multiple food vendors.

Summer Concert Series (Oak Brook)
June 29 – July 27, 2017 | 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 25 — August 31, 2017 | 5:00 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 27, August 3, 10, 17, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Free concerts between two different parks in Westmont. Concession stand snacks available.

August Summer Concerts (Villa Park)
August 3-31, 2017 | 6:30 pm
Concessions available for purchase.

 

Fridays

Summer Nights (Brookfield Zoo)
June 16 – August 12, 2017 | 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.

Concerts on the Green (Burr Ridge)
June 16 – August 25, 2017 (no concert July 7)
Bring your food, coolers, chairs and blankets and set up for free concerts throughout the summer.

Summer Nights Classic Car Show (Downers Grove)
May 19 – August 25, 2017 | 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 16 (5pm) , July 21 (6pm), August 18 (5pm), 2017
No outside food or beverages are allowed. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

 

Saturdays

Summer Nights (Brookfield Zoo)
June 16 – August 12, 2017 | 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.

Cruise Nights (Lombard)
June 10 – August 26, 2017 | 6:00 pm
Enjoy live music, a kids’ corner, and a large collection of classic, custom and collector cars.

Naper Nights Community Concert Series (Naperville)
June 17 (5pm) , July 22 (6pm), August 19 (5pm), 2017
No outside food or beverages are allowed. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

 

Sundays

Concerts in the Park (Darien)
July 16 (6:30 pm) and July 31 (7pm), 2017
Free music in the park on two dates in the summertime.

Afternoon Concerts (Cantigny, Wheaton)
May 28 – September 3, 2017 | 3:00 pm
Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Picnics are welcome and concessions available. There are additional special concerts. See website for full details.

Family Concerts (Cantigny, Wheaton)
June 11 – August 20, 2017 | 12:00 pm
Four concerts on select Sundays. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Picnics are welcome and concessions available.

 

Multi-day Festivals with Music

Rotary GroveFest (Downers Grove)
June 23 – 25, 2017
Live music, food and business expo, midway and carnival, and festival of cars.

Northwest Fourth-Fest (Hoffman Estates)
June 30 – July 2, 2017
Fireworks, food and beverages, carnival, craft fair, parade, and live music.

Endless Summerfest (La Grange)
August 4-6, 2017
Live music and entertainment, carnival, food vendors, beer and wine garden and fireworks.

Park Parties (River Forest)
May 18, June 15, July 20, 2017 | 6:00 pm
Live entertainment, face painting, grilled hot dogs and frozen treats at rotating parks in River Forest.

 

Other Events with Live Music

If you prefer to view the options for live music by date, the following events have music is some form, either 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.

Fri 29

Music at the Museum

September 29, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Elmhurst
Sat 30

Harvest Fest and DG 5 and 8 miler

September 30, 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat 30

Millennium Carillon Weekly Recitals and Concerts

September 30, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Naperville
Oct 04

Concert at Tower Green

October 4, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Western Springs
Oct 13

Family Dance Party

October 13, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Downers Grove
Oct 14

Mother Son Superhero Ball

October 14, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lockport
Oct 20

Freaky Friday Bash

October 20, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
North Riverside
Oct 22

Concert Haunting Melodies

October 22, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Downers Grove
Oct 28

Scareillion Concert

October 28, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Naperville
Nov 29

Holiday Sparkle Kid Rock Event

November 29, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Wheaton
Dec 17

Sounds of the Season

December 17, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Evergreen Park

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