Summer Outdoor Concerts in Lake County

Attending concerts can be really expensive (can you say G-note?) but thankfully in the summertime, it is much more affordable to listen to music outside the comfort of your own home. In Lake County alone, you can see free or low-cost summer outdoor concerts bi-weekly, if you play your cards right. And the performers may be the next Justin Timberlake or Beyonce.

If they played the trombone.

So maybe not.

Don’t be so picky, it’s free.

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Summer Outdoor Concerts Lake County

It’s Thursday Concert Series

Thursdays 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., through August 15th,
William E. Brook Memorial Entertainment Center, 902 Skidmore Drive, Antioch
Read Becky’s experience at It’s Thursday Concert Series.

Summer Concerts in the Park 
Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., July 10 – August 7
Citizens Park, 511 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington
Concerts are held in the amphitheater and will feature live music and FREE popcorn.

Buffalo Grove
Summer Concert Series
Tuesdays 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., through August 6
Willow Stream Park, 651 Old Checker Road, Buffalo Grove

Summer Sampler
Sundays, 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m., June 16 through August 11
Mitchell Park, 951 Wilmot Road, Deerfield

Fox Lake
Friday Night Concerts
Fridays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. June 7 through September 27
Community Garden Green, 17 E> School Ct., Fox Lake

Carillon Concerts
Mondays, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. through September 3
Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
Standard parking rates apply.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes), and concerts are from 7 to 8 p.m.

Tuesday Morning Music
Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. through August 21
Chicago Botanic Garden
Standard parking rates apply.
Hear chamber music, jazz, and even Spanish guitar. Free concerts in the McGinley Pavilion, rain or shine 

Hot Summer Nights
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. through August 30
Chicago Botanic Garden
Standard parking rates apply.
Bring your dancing friends and kick it up a notch with high-energy music as you dance (or listen) to the upbeat tempo of a host of diverse genres.

Hawthorn Woods
Concerts in the Park
Fridays, 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., through August 23
Community Park, 42 Park View Lane, Hawthorn Woods

Lake Forest 
Concerts in the Square
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., June 13 through July 25
Market Square, 724 N. Western Avenue, Lake Forest

Lake Bluff
Bluffinia Summer Concert Series
Sundays, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. July 7 through August 18
Village Green, Lake Bluff

Lunch in the Park
Fridays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. June 21 through August 17
Cook Park, West Church Street, Libertyville
Enjoy live bands and choose lunch from different vendors in the park. Read Cindy’s Insider guide to Lunch in the Park.

Concerts in the Plaza
Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. June 18 – August 6
Independence Grove, Libertyville
Parking is $10 per car after 5:00 p.m. and cars will be turned away when the lot is full. Pack or picnic or purchase items there. Read Tracy’s full review of the Concerts in the Plaza experience.

Live Music in the Park
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. through August 7 (no concert July 3)
Various Lindenhurt Parks, see link for locations.
Food will also be available for purchase at all locations.

Outdoor Summer Concerts 
Sundays, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m., through August 18 (no concert July 7)
Kracklauer Park, 116 N. Lake Street, Mundelein

Summer Entertainment Series
Fridays, June 7, July 12, and August 9, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, 333 W. Dundee Road, Wheeling
Concessions from the grill and beer/wine are available for purchase.

Did we miss any free concerts that you love to attend? Let us know in the comments! 

Summer Outdoor Concerts in Lake County
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