Summer Outdoor Concerts {2016}

According to my calendar, summer is still half-full at this point in July.  Yes, half-full, my friends. Make the most of the second half of summer by attending a FREE outdoor concert in your town, or sampling a neighboring community’s musical tastes.  Summer concerts are as plentiful this season as freshly picked produce at the farm stand. And the casual atmosphere of an outdoor, summer concert makes it perfect for families to enjoy. Grab your folding chair or blanket, pack up a picnic or snacks, and meet me and my family on the lawn at any of these fine locations in Lake County.

outdoor concerts lake countySummer Outdoor Concerts Lake County

Antioch
2016 Concert Series

Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., through August 11, 2016
William E. Brook Memorial Entertainment Center, 902 Skidmore Drive, Antioch

Barrington
Summer Concerts in the Park

Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., through August 10, 2016
Citizens Park, 511 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington

Buffalo Grove
Summer Concert Series

Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. –  8:30 p.m., through August 2, 2016
Willow Stream Park, 651 Old Checker Rd, Buffalo Grove

Deerfield
Summer Sampler

Sundays, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., through August 14, 2016
Mitchell Park, 951 Wilmot Road, Deerfield

Eat to the Beat 
(concerts for kids)
Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Eat to the Beat, through August 3, 2016
Jewett Park Pavilion, 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield

  • July 13 – Super Stolie
  • July 20 – Rick Kelly
  • July 27 – Wendy and DB!
  • August 3 – Scribble Jim

Grayslake
Friends of the Library Summer Concert Series
Mondays, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., through August 8, 2016
Grayslake Area Public Library, Front Lawn, 100 Library Lane, Grayslake

Gurnee
Sounds of Summer Concert Series
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m.
Viking Park Band Shell and Park, 4374 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee

Family and Children’s Concerts (with special times noted below):

  • Tuesday, July 12 – Miss Jamie’s Farm, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Viking Park Band Shell and Park
  • Tuesday, July 19 – Jeanie B & The Jelly Beans, 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., Viking Park Band Shell and Park
  • Tuesday, August 2 – Istvan & His Imaginary Band, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Viking Park Band Shell and Park

Hawthorn Woods
Concerts in the Parks
Fridays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., through September 9, 2016
Community Park, 42 Park View Ln., Hawthorn Woods

Highwood
Highwood Evening Market Summer 2016 Live Music

Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Live music at the Evening Market)
Everts Park, 102 Highwood Ave., Highwood

Island Lake
Concerts in the Park Series

Friday, July 8 and Friday, August 20, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Veterans Park, 316 Island Dr., Island Lake (Park at Water Tower Park, 3720 Greenleaf Ave., Island Lake; police will escort pedestrians across Route 176 to Veterans Park.)

Lake Forest
Concerts in the Square

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., though July 30
Market Square downtown, 724 N. Western Ave, Lake Forest

Libertyville, Independence Grove Forest Preserve
2016 Summer Concerts

Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., through August 9
Independence Grove Forest Preserve, 16400 Buckley Rd., Libertyville

Libertyville, Cook Park
Rose Garden Concerts
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., through Juy 28, 2016
All concerts feature the Libertyville Village Band.
Cook Park, 100 W. Church St., Libertyville

Lindenhurst
Summer Stage Concert Series
Select Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Mallard Ridge Park, 110 Robincrest Ln., Lindenhurst

  • June 14th – Jeanie B
  • June 28th – Soda
  • July 12th – Istvan & His Imaginary Band
  • July 28th –  Miss Jamie’s Farm

Lindenhurst/Lake Villa
Live Music in the Parks
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., through August 3, 2016
Locations vary; please check concert listings for details.

Long Grove
Long Grove Arts & Music Council, 11th Season

Sundays, 4:00 p.m., through August 28, 2016
Towner Green, 132 Old McHenry Road (across from Village Tavern)

Mundelein
Outdoor Summer Concerts
Sundays,  5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., through August 21, 2016. (Please note that the August 21st, 2016 concert will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
Kracklauer Park, 116 N. Lake Street, Mundelein

Vernon Hills
Arbortheater Concerts

Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., through August 6
Vernon Hills Memorial Arbortheater, 50 S. Fairway Drive, Vernon Hills
During inclement weather, concerts will be held inside at the Sullivan Center, 635 N. Aspen Drive.

Wauconda
Summer Concert Series

Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., through August 11
Locations vary; please check concert listings for details.
Special craft activities for children on July 21, 2016 from 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. before the Tom Sharpe Concert for a Midsummer’s Eve, Wauconda Area Library, 801 N Main St., Wauconda.

Waukegan
Courtyard Concerts
Fridays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., through August 26
Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County Street, Waukegan

Wheeling
Free Concert Sundays
Sundays, 5:00 p.m.
Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, 333 W. Dundee Road, Wheeling

Zion
Concerts in the Park
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Bandshell, 2400 Dowie Memorial Drive, Zion

Did we miss your favorite, FREE, outdoor community concert series? Tell us about it in the comments section below and we will include it in future round-ups.

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Jennifer is mom to a teenage boy and a tween girl, and spends her time changing radio stations in her minivan while driving to band concerts, learning new texting lingo and keeping track of the latest trends in electronics and hairstyles. Jennifer spends any free time she can find trying to stay organized, testing out new recipes that everyone might eat, reading, crafting or trying to beat her own best score in SpellTower. She also serves as a managing editor at Little Lake County.

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