25+ Free Chicago Summer Concerts: Best Outdoor Music Festivals for Families

Take in a free summer concert in Chicago. Photo courtesy of Wiggleworms at Gallagher Way
Take in a free summer concert in Chicago. Photo courtesy of Wiggleworms at Gallagher Way

For the limited time that the great outdoors are truly enjoyable in the Chicago area, families can have fun listening to a wide array of colorful local children's musicians, cover bands, and other acts. The Chicago Park District hosts free concerts almost every day in different parks throughout the city, or families can hear music at Navy Pier, Willis Tower, or Gallagher Way. Suburban families don't have to make it to city limits to get in on the action. Many suburban park districts host free weekly outdoor concerts and shows for kids of all ages.

We recommend finding comfortable lawn chairs or a quality picnic blanket and a favorite grocer or restaurant to acquire a picnic dinner as these concerts could become a weekly or monthly staple for your kids! The shows on this list are family friendly, but be sure to check the artists ahead of time to ensure your child(ren) will be interested enough in the music to sit through a whole set. Consider sitting farther back or bringing earplugs for sound sensitive kids.

Here's some great free concerts in Chicago this summer!

Places featured in this article:


Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Various Chicago Parks

Naperville Community Concert Center

Village Green Park Skokie

Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center
Midnight Circus in the Parks
Chicago Parks - various times Pick
Free Days at the Field Museum
Field Museum - 9:00 AM
Free Tuesdays at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art - 10:00 AM
Community Playgroup
Irish American Heritage Center - 10:00 AM
Rewired Pizza Cafe Family Fun Night
Rewired Pizza Cafe - 4:00 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides