- Throughout the summer months (June-August), a symphonic ensemble performs at the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park, and this is no ordinary festival orchestra. Many of the guest performers are internationally acclaimed stars of opera and Broadway. The orchestra is composed of players in the renowned Chicago Symphony and music teachers from throughout Chicagoland. The roster of music is usually on the lighter side. For the best listening, arrive early and grab a seat at the shell itself. Otherwise, a tree-covered speaker system will fill your ears inside the park. Reserved seating is available for a fee. General lawn admission is free.
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