Where to Enjoy Outdoor Music on Chicago’s North Shore
On Chicago's North Shore, we only get a handful of precious months to enjoy the outdoors, so it's best to take advantage while you can. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to sit back and relax (or get up and dance!) while listening to some of the best music both Chicagoland and the country can offer. From Grammy Award-winning acts at Ravinia to tribute bands that make sure we don't forget some classic songs, there's an outdoor concert for everyone this summer. So grab some blankets, pack a picnic, and head out to one of these nearby venues.
Wednesdays on the Green 5187 Oakton St., Skokie Wednesday nights will also be rocking in Skokie through Aug. 21. Pack folding chairs or blankets and head out to the Village Green for concerts by ABBA tribute band Dancing Queen (July 31), Humboldt Park Orchestra (Aug. 7), and Mellencougar (Aug. 21). Before you go, grab dinner at Jameson’s Charhouse (9525 Skokie Blvd., Skokie), Nando's PERi PERi (4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie), Roka Akor (4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie), or The Village Inn Sports Bar and Grill (8050 Lincoln Ave., Skokie).
Thursday Night Live Davis St. and Sherman Ave., Evanston Back for its 20th year, Thursday Night Live brings vibrant music to Downtown Evanston every Thursday throughout the summer. Enjoy rock and roll hits from the 1950's, 60's and 70's with Rick Lindy & The Wild Ones (July 18), classic rock covers by Chicken Bone for the second Block Party
Night (July 25), and swinging jazz and Blues with The Flat Cats (August 15). See the full list of performers and dates and check out the Thursday Night Live dining specials offered at several nearby restaurants here.
Thursday Night Live, Evanston
Tuesdays in the Park Village Green Park, Shermer & Meadow Roads, Northbrook Enjoy a variety of outdoor concerts in Northbrook through the end of July. On July 16, don't miss a Kaleidoscope Eyes, a Beatles tribute band, or enjoy a family-friendly performance by Mr. Singer & The Sharp Cookies plus hits from the '60s-'90s from Final Say on July 23. You can also partake in a Park Picnic Box for 2 for $30 from Francesca's North (1145 Church St., Northbrook) on Tuesdays when you mention Tuesdays in the Park.
Wednesdays in the Woods Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Road, Winnetka Winnetka is the place to be on Wednesday nights this summer. Start your evening with a burger, hot dog, or chicken plus beer or wine before listening to that week's band. Highlights include Rosie & The Rivets performing hits from the '50s and '60s on July 24, Boy Band Night on July 31, and 7th Heaven doing 30 songs in 30 minutes on Aug. 7.
Wednesdays in the Woods, Winnetka
Hot Summer Nights Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe Chicago Botanic Garden might just be the most beautiful spot to spend a summer evening on the North Shore, and you can enjoy it all while also dancing the night away on Thursdays during the Hot Summer Nights concert series. These concerts feature uptempo music from bands like Suburban Cowboys (July 25) and Spoken Four (Aug. 8). Plus, you can pack a picnic or dine at one of the Garden's restaurants.
Hot Summer Nights, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Ravinia Festival 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park Ravinia should be near the top of everyone's North Shore summer to-do list, and for good reason — it's the oldest outdoor music festival in North America and features a variety of concerts for every type of music fan. This year's lineup includes "Weird Al" Yankovic (July 28), Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band and The Beach Boys (Aug. 3-4), Chicago (Aug. 10-11), Sarah McLachlan (Aug. 12), Pentatonix (Aug. 15), Queen Latifah and Common (Aug. 31), Kesha (Sept. 8), and much more. And whether you're looking for grab-and-go food options to enjoy on the lawn or want a sit-down restaurant experience, there's a dining option for you. Or pack your own food and drinks, as well as blankets and chairs.