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Get Out And Enjoy a Free Summer Concert

By Mary L. 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 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.


July 12          Johnny Russler & The Beach Bum Band – Caribbean & Island Band

July 19          1976 Band – 70-s Rock and Roll

July 26          Soda – Cover Band-Classic Rock, 80s New Wave, Motown, Disco, Hip-Hop, Reggae

August 2        Nick Lynch Band – Country

August 9        The Sting Rays – Oldies from the 50s, 60s, 70s

August 16      Cadillac Groove – Blues, Funk, Soul Rock and R & B

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


Dancin’ in Clarendon Hills

Shows begin at 7 p.m. each Wednesday on Prospect Avenue in downtown Clarendon Hills. A different local restaurant provides food for purchase each week. Food and beverage sales begin at 6:30.

July 12         Frankie B  – Local singer/songwriter

July 19         Spoken Four – Variety

July 26         Rhythm Rockets –  Jazz and Blues Swing

August 2      Libido Funk Circus  – Dance, Disco, 60s to today

August 9      Scramble – Classic Rock


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.


July 13              This End Up – Classic Hits from Aretha Franklin to Pink

July 20              Cadillac Groove – Blues, funk, soul, rock and roll

July 27              Nick Lynch – Country, Crossover

August 3           Kickin’ Jimmy – Rock, Soul and Blues

August 10         Dick Diamond and the Dusters – ’60s to Today

August 17         7th Heaven – national recording artists


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 most Thursdays through Aug. 10. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. in the gazebo behind the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

Food and drink specials change weekly.

July 13           Rock Paper Scissors & Craft Fair

July 20           HiFi Superstar 

August 3        Saturday June Band & Car Show

August 10       Nick Flynn


Concerts on the Green

Burr Ridge continues its summer concert tradition with an 10-show series that continues at 7 p.m. each Friday night (with the exception of July 7) through August 25.

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.


July 14            Final Say – Top 40

July 21            Generation – ’60s and ’70s hits

July 28            Miss Tess and the Talkbacks – Southern Blues

August 4          Reckless – Variety

August 11        Strung Out – ’70s

August 18        Andrew Salgado – Modern Country

August 25        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.

July 16     Five Guys Named Moe – 6:30 – 8 p.m.

July 31     1976 – 7-8:30 p.m.