In my admittedly biased opinion (I hail from the Midwest), Chicago has the best free, outdoor, live-music venue in the country. The pavilion at Millennium Park hosts classical music concerts three nights a week, new music/electronica concerts, jazz concerts, and more - and a free jazz festival. And it brings in an eclectic range of rock bands and indie singer-songwriters (I saw Iron & Wine there a few summers ago). The best part? Sitting on the lawn with a picnic and listening to world-class music without spending a dime.
Richard Derk / Los Angeles Times
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