Grant Park Music Festival

Advocate for the Arts Awards Benefit

The Advocate for the Arts Awards Benefit is a festive evening of musical entertainment – a time to celebrate the achievements of the Grant Park Music Festival’s 85th season, bringing Chicagoans together through the shared experience of great music. Proceeds from this event play a critical role in the Festival’s ability to present free concerts in Millennium Park, and Festival Connect community engagement initiatives throughout the city.  Listeners worldwide enjoy live WFMT radio broadcasts and Internet streaming, where people from every neighborhood and all walks of life are connected through the power of music. 

For more than 80 years, the Grant Park Music Festival has been Chicago’s summer musical sensation, demonstrating that classical music, performed by a world-class orchestra and chorus can have a transformative impact on the city. Showcased in the city’s most spectacular setting, the Festival continues to be the summer gathering place for all of Chicago. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park is the official home of the Grant Park Music Festival, with free seats available for every concert.

Festival Connect is a comprehensive initiative aimed to increase music education and engagement opportunities for audiences of all ages. Working with the Chicago Park District and Mayor Emanuel’s Night Out in the Parks program, Festival Connect focuses on the neighborhoods with performances by the Grant Park Orchestra, the Grant Park Chorus, Project Inclusion Choral and String Fellows and the Festival’s Apprentice Chorale.

In Millennium Park, the Festival Connect suite of programs includes Classical Campers, a half-day music immersion program for children, along with its Young Artists Showcase series, an opportunity for students from local music schools and summer music programs to perform in front of the Great Lawn at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, prior to select Festival concerts. Additionally, patrons can learn more about the Festival’s performances and guest artists through pre-concert lectures and open lunchtime rehearsals.


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Grant Park Music Festival

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, Grand Ballroom