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
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.