Concert for Chicago
Jun 27, 2022
Concert for Chicago

Concert for Chicago

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From the ominous opening horn fanfare to the joyful abandon of the finale, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony packs a visceral punch. Riccardo Muti and the CSO close the season in Millennium Park with a free concert featuring this unabashedly autobiographical score. Shostakovich’s Festive Overture sets the evening’s tone in rousing terms.

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Free. No tickets are required.

Updated entry information for Millennium Park events

Entrances and security lines will open 90 minutes before the concert begins. Early arrival is recommended as the venue may reach capacity. New entry procedures require all concertgoers to enter from either Randolph or Monroe Streets, or from the Millennium Garage. Attendees will be asked to open their bags for security officers and will be examined with a metal-detecting wand before entering. Visit for more security information and a listing of prohibited items. A map of the new designated entry locations can be found here.


Festive Overture 


Symphony No. 4

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The CSO’s music director position is endowed in perpetuity by a generous gift from the Zell Family Foundation.
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Concert for Chicago is presented with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
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Millennium Park
Chicago's Millennium Park

Discover a world-class collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provides the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, interactive art and family activities. In Millennium Park, you’ll find a spectacular gathering spot located in the heart of the city, a destination for all Chicagoans and visitors alike. Millennium Park is the #1 attraction in the Midwest and among the top 10 most-visited sites in the U.S. It is also the anchor of an urban cultural campus (Millennium Park Campus) that includes the Chicago Cultural Center, Maggie Daley Park and The Art Institute of Chicago. Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph St. to the north, Columbus Dr. to the east and Monroe St. to the south. The Park is open daily during the summer from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Plan your visit at, follow us on Facebook (@MillenniumParkChicago) Twitter and Instagram (@Millennium_Park) and join the conversation on social media using #MillenniumPark.

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association is committed to creating a comfortable, enjoyable and safe

People are encouraged to wear a face mask in congregate settings like Millennium Park.

Individuals should self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before attending. Patrons who are not feeling well, are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or have had or been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 10 days should not attend.

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