Check Out the Chicago Classical Music Calendar

Looking for something to do in Chicago? Check out the classical music calendar and find out about upcoming concerts and events.


The Chicago Classical Music Calendar is your one-stop shop for all classical music events happening in the Windy City. From world-renowned orchestras and performers to intimate recitals and chamber music, there’s something for everyone.

Whether you’re a seasoned concertgoer or just getting started, we’ve got you covered. our calendar includes all the essential information you need to know about each event, including venue, date, time, program, ticket prices, and more.

We also offer exclusive discounts and special offers on many of the concerts listed on our calendar. So be sure to check back often to take advantage of these great deals!

What to Expect

The Chicago Classical Music Calendar is a what’s-on guide for all classical music events happening in the city of Chicago. From concerts and operas to educational programs and more, the Calendar has something for everyone who loves classical music. Here’s a look at what you can expect to find on the Calendar.

Free Concerts

The calendar below lists free events taking place in the next month. These events are concerts unless otherwise specified. All are welcome, no tickets are required.

A note on parking: Many of these performances take place on campuses where parking can be difficult to find and/or expensive. We encourage you to use public transportation whenever possible. Visit the RTA Trip Planner for help planning your route.

Free Concerts:
-Sunday, October 1 at 3 PM: Grant Park Symphony Orchestra – Classical Music in the Park
-Friday, October 6 at 7:30 PM: University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra – season opener
-Saturday, October 7 at 8 PM: Civic Orchestra of Chicago – opening night concert

Ticketed Concerts

The 2018–19 season features a wide variety of ticketed concerts, including:
-Orchestral concerts by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Grant Park Orchestra
-Chamber music performances by world-renowned ensembles
-Vocal recitals by internationally acclaimed vocalists

Ticketed concerts are typically held at one of the following venues:
-Chicago Symphony Center
-Jay Pritzker Pavilion
-Art Institute of Chicago
-Museum of Contemporary Art

Concerts are typically 1–3 hours in length.

Where to Go

Regardless of when you visit Chicago, you’re likely to find a concert to enjoy. With such a wide variety of genres and concerts to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Check out the calendar below to see what’s happening during your stay.

Symphony Center

As the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Center is one of the most important concert venues in the city. Located in the Loop, it’s easily accessible by public transportation and is surrounded by parking garages. The center hosts a wide variety of classical and contemporary concerts, as well as special events and educational programs.

Harris Theater

The Harris Theater is a world-class performance venue in the heart of Chicago’s downtown Magnificent Mile district. The theater is home to many of the city’s leading arts organizations, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. With its superior acoustics and state-of-the-art technical facilities, the Harris Theater is one of the most versatile performing arts venues in the city.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park is a world-renowned destination for tourists and locals alike. From the stunning architecture to the ample green space, there is something for everyone in this iconic Chicago park.

But did you know that Millennium Park is also home to some of the best classical music in the city? The Millennium Park Music Series brings world-renowned musicians to perform in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion throughout the summer months. So whether you’re a diehard classical fan or just looking for something new to do, be sure to check out the Millennium Park Music Series calendar.

How to Get There

If you are looking for something to do in Chicago, you should check out the classical music calendar. You can find a list of all the concerts that are happening in the city, and you can buy tickets online.

Public Transportation

If you are coming from out of town and do not have a car, you can take the “L” train. The “L” is Chicago’s elevated train system and it will get you around the city quite easily. You can purchase a Ventra card at any “L” station. This card is good for both the bus and train system in Chicago.


Chicago is conveniently located at the intersection of I-294, I-55, I-90 and I-94. If you’re driving in from out of town, you will likely find yourself on one of these interstate highways.

I-294 loops around Chicago, starting in the northwest suburbs and ending in the southwest suburbs. I-55 enters Chicago from the southwest and runs through the city to the northeast. I-90/94 enters Chicago from the west and continues east through Indiana.

For specific driving directions to Symphony Center, please enter your starting address into the “Directions” field on our website or visit Google Maps.


Thanks for taking the time to check out our classical music calendar! We hope you found it helpful and that you’ll keep checking back for updates. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve the calendar, please let us know.

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