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Millennium Park Summer 2012

New This Year, the “Loops and Variations” Series Mixes New Music with Electronica.

CHICAGO (April 2012) — Chicagoans and visitors alike will enjoy spending this summer at one of the city’s most popular cultural and tourist attractions: Millennium Park. Now in its eighth season, Millennium Park will host free concerts, events, exhibitions and open rehearsals that showcase the very best of Chicago throughout the summer.

Chicago’s summer concert season kicks off on Memorial Day with the opening of Millennium Park’s popular, cutting-edge indie rock and pop music series, Downtown Sound.  Premiering a week later is Millennium Park’s all-new program, Loops and Variations, a series of six concerts that mix new music with electronica. The music continues with the return of the beloved Grant Park Music Festival celebrating its 78th anniversary and the acclaimed Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series, which this year will showcase jazz with a distinctively Chicago flavor on six separate nights, culminating in the 34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival.

The Family Fun Festival presented by Target returns from July 2 through September 2, offering interactive activities, arts and crafts and games for kids of all ages.

Guests can start their weekends with Saturday morning Workouts on the Great Lawn and enjoy classes in tai chi, yoga, pilates and zumba®. Additionally, popular guided walks in the Lurie Garden take place on Fridays and Sundays.

For more information about all of the events in Millennium Park this summer, visit http://www.millenniumpark.org/ .



Downtown Sound
May 28—July 30, Mondays at 6:30 pm
Check out an eclectic mix of cutting-edge indie rock, pop and rock veterans with ten concerts beginning Memorial Day and running throughout July. (Headliners appear first in the line-up below)

Monday, May 28, 6:30 pm
Kelly Hogan + Scott Lucas and the Married Men

Monday, June 4, 6:30 pm
Jonathan Richman + Joel Paterson and the Modern Sounds

Monday, June 11, 6:30 pm
The Eternals + Wild Belle

Monday, June 18, 6:30 pm
Cloud Cult + Judson Claiborne

Monday, June 25, 6:30 pm
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International + Chico Trujillo

Monday, July 2, 6:30 pm
Joan of Arc + Daniel Knox

Monday, July 9, 6:30 pm
The Sadies + James Vincent McMorrow

Monday, July 16, 6:30 pm
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires + Abigail Washburn

Monday, July 23, 6:30 pm
Ana Tijoux + Sidi Touré

Monday, July 30, 6:30 p.m.
SMOD + M.A.K.U. Soundsystem
Loops And Variations
June 7—July 12 (no concert June 21), Thursdays at 6:30 pm
Discover Millennium Park’s newest music series, mixing new music with electronica.

Thursday, June 7, 6:30 pm
Chris Clark, Jan Jelinek and Andrew Pekler, and Casino Versus Japan

Thursday, June 14, 6:30 pm
Deerhoof and Ensemble Dal Niente

Thursday, June 28, 6:30 pm
eighth blackbird

Thursday, July 5, 6:30 pm
A Winged Victory for the Sullen and ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble)

Thursday, July 12, 6:30 pm
Third Coast Percussion

Sunday, August 26, 5:30 pm
John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit

Grant Park Music Festival
June 13—August 18, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30 pm; Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Celebrate the Festival’s 78th season with 30 stunning performances featuring the acclaimed Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus. (http://www.grantparkmusicfestival.com/ for the complete schedule)
Made In Chicago: World Class Jazz
July 19—August 30 (no concert August 9), Thursdays at 6:30 pm
Prepare for a feast that will fill every appetite for jazz, from each region of the music—blues, boogie, Latin, Bop and beyond.

Thursday, July 19, 6:30 pm
Blowing in From Chicago

Thursday, July 26, 6:30 pm
Erwin Helfer: A Life in Boogie and Blues

Thursday, August 2, 6:30 pm
Roots of Routes: Makaya McCraven’s Global Unit

Thursday, August 16, 6:30 pm
By a Little Light: Matt Ulery’s Loom with special guests

Thursday, August 23, 6:30 p.m.
Frank Rosaly’s ¡Todos de Pie! (Everyone Stand Up!)

Thursday, August 30, 6:30 pm  (Opening Night of the 34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival)
Exquisitely For Ella: A Songbook Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald: Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra



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