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Free Concerts Fill Area Parks This Summer

By Mary Doepke, RN

As summer’s hot days turn into cool evenings, parks throughout the area are transformed from open spaces to concert halls.

Free summer concerts are held nearly every night of the week at venues that are close to home and welcoming to the entire family. Don’t spend this summer watching reruns on television. Instead, pack up the family, the lawn chairs and some bug spray (just in case) and settle in for a pleasant evening with neighbors, friends and live music.

Winter will be back sooner than you think! Get out and enjoy summer while you can.

Music in the (LaGrange) Park

The Village of LaGrange Park fills your Wednesday nights with music all summer long. Free concerts spanning a variety of genres are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the Memorial Park Amphitheater, at the corner of Woodlawn and LaGrange Road. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be moved to Park Jr. High, 333 N. Park Road, La Grange Park. Call the rain-out hotline for updates on concert locations: 708-354-4580, Ext. 300.

June 29            West Suburban Concert Band

July 6               The Sting Rays

July 13              DuPage Band

July 20              She Gees

July 27              Shout Out

August 3           The Class of “68”

August 10         Lisa Renee

August 17         Island Night, featuring beer, wine, food and three bands from 6-11 p.m.


Dancin’ in Clarendon Hills

Five concerts remain in Clarendon Hills’ Dancin’ in the Streets summer series. Shows begin at 7 p.m. on Prospect Avenue, with food and beverage service beginning at 6:30.

June 29            Drew Neely and the Heroes                Pop/Rock

July 6               Scramble                                             Classic Rock

July 13             School of Rock                                    Local Music Students – 60s to Today

July 20             GMRC                                                 R&B, Santana and Allman Brothers

July 27             Libido Funk Circus                              Dance, Disco, 60s to Today


Uniquely Thursdays

Hinsdale continues its summer tradition with a series of Thursday-night concerts, each beginning at 6 p.m. Concerts are held in Burlington Park, just north of the tracks between Garfield and Washington.

Pack a picnic, or buy food, beer and wine from local vendors.

June 30            Dick Diamond and the Dusters            60s to Today

July 7               Dixie Crush                                          Today’s country hits

July 14             3AM                                                      Matchbox 20 Tribute

July 21             Planet Groove                                      High Energy Dance Music

July 28             Denny Diamond                                   Neil Diamond Tribute

August 4          Ear Candy                                            Dance, Party, 90s-Today

August 11        The Breakfast Club                               80s Tribute


Sounds of Summer in North Riverside

No need to cook on Thursday nights in North Riverside. Along with live music, the concession stand at the Village commons cooks up summertime favorites every Thursday through Aug. 11. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. in the gazebo behind the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

Food and drink specials change weekly.

June 30            Billy Croft & the 5 Alarm Band                        Country Music

July 7               Sonic 7 Rock                                                   Classic Rock

July 14             The Juke Box Band Rock                                Rhythm and Blues

July 21             Dixie Crush                                                      Top 40 Country

July 28             Rico                                                                  Latin Fusion

August 4          Spoken For                                                       Pop

August 11        Generations                                                      Oldies


Concerts on the Green

Burr Ridge continues its summer concert tradition with an 11-show series that continues at 7 p.m. each Friday night (with the exception of July 1) through Sept. 2.

Food is available from local restaurants, or guests are welcome to bring their own. Beer, wine and other non-alcoholic beverages will be sold on site, or come early and dine at one of the shopping center’s fine restaurants.

June 24            Bopology                                    Swing, Sinatra, Blues

July 8               The New Invaders                       60s Rock and Roll

July 15             Shout Out                                   Variety, Modern Rock

July 22             The Shagadelics                          70s Disco Tribute

July 29             Reckless                                     Variety Cover Band

August 5           Lisa McClowry                              80s Rock

August 12         Strung Out                                   70s Classic Rock

August 19         GMRC                                          Santana and Variety

August 26         New Standard                               Jazz

Sept. 2             Chicago Experience                      Chicago Tribute


Music Nights in Darien

Plan to spend a Sunday evening enjoying live music at Darien Community Park, 7100 Clarendon Hills Road.

Pack a picnic and settle in for a night of free entertainment from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

June 26            Final Say          Variety Cover Band

July 31             1976                Tribute to American Rock Icons