With the “unofficial” start to summer upon us, we must remember to savor every minute of outside activity, including enjoying music and concerts.  Be sure to check out these great options for outdoor tunes on the North Shore….

Music Festivals and Concerts Starting & Ending Months Day(s) of the week and times Location Description
2017 Starlight Concert Series June 6- July 25  Tuesdays,  7:00pm -8:30pm Dodge Ave. at Oakton St., Evanston, 60201 The 2017 Starlight Concert Series will feature free outdoor concerts at park locations throughout Evanston. Concerts are presented by the City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.
Tuesday Morning Music June 6 – August 29 Tuesdays, 10:00am-11:00am Chicago Botanical Garden- Northbrook, IL Hear chamber music, jazz, Spanish guitar, and even carillon music. Free concerts in the McGinley Pavilion, rain or shine.
Thursday Night Music  June 15 – August 24  Thursdays, 7:00pm-9:00pm The plaza at 1603 Orrington Ave. Evanston, IL Bring friends and family to enjoy an evening of live music, dancing and relaxing. This year, we are also adding more big games (Scrabble, Jenga, Twister and more) and other kids activities. Grab a to-go dinner from one of the local restaurants to dine al fresco or grab your partner to dance the night away. Chairs are provided, but guests are welcome to bring other seating.
Wednesdays in the Woods Summer Concerts June 14-July 26 Wednesdays, 7:00 pm-8:30pm Hubbard Woods Park Winnetka, IL Join us on Wednesdays throughout June and July for our summer concert series at Hubbard Woods Park. All concerts are from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. The Grand Food Center will be on-site selling hot dogs, brats, burgers, chips, candy, beverages and Chef Tim’s Specials from 6:00 – 8:15 pm. Adults can enjoy a beverage at the Winnetka Park Foundation’s Beer and Wine Garden from 6 – 8:30 pm..
Carillon Concerts June 5-September 4 Mondays @ 7:00pm Chicago Botanical Garden- Northbrook, IL Enjoy an enchanting one hour musical performance of carillon bells on a warm summer evening and watch lights illuminate Evening Island.Bring your blanket and dinner and picnic on the lawn by McGinley Pavilion, or stop by the Garden Grille for a preconcert dinner.
Music on the Esplanade Schedule June 6- August 29 Tuesdays , 6:00pm-8:00pm Chicago Botanical Garden- Northbrook, IL Each Tuesday evening brings a different kind of music, from big band to swing to bluegrass. Watch the sun set over the Smith Fountain.
Dancin Sprouts Schedule June 7-August 30 Wednsdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm Chicago Botanical Garden- Northbrook, IL Dancin’ Sprouts provides free musical entertainment for kids! Bring the whole family and enjoy live music in this idyllic summer setting.
 World Arts & Music Festival July 15- July 16 Saturday & Sunday,12:00pm-7 p.m. Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St.   Evanston This free event features art from an abundance of countries, family crafts activities, international cuisine, and live music, dance, and spoken word performances
Hot Summer Nights Schedule June 8- August 30 Thursdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm Chicago Botanical Garden- Northbrook, IL Bring your dancing friends and kick it up a notch with high-energy music as you dance (or listen) to the upbeat tempo of a host of diverse genres. Professional dance instructors provide mini-lessons that correspond with the style of music that evening.
 Summer Sounds Series June 6-August 15  Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm The Glen Town Center, Glenview,IL Free live music and fun!