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Last Night at Grant Park Music Festival

July 4, 2015

The crowds arrived early to get a spot for the perfect 4th of July picnic at the Grant Park Music Festival. Hours before the concert began, thousands arrived to stake out their space. By the time the concert began, the entire lawn in front of the Pritzker Pavilion was full.







Of course, since WFMT has been asking you, “What’s in YOUR picnic basket” at each of the concerts of the Grant Park Music Festival that we broadcast, we had to pack our own all-American picnic! Fried chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad, garden salad, watermelon, and – of course – apple pie!



The buildings behind the Pavilion were all festively illuminated. The end of the evening’s concert coincided, happily, with the fireworks launched from Chicago’s Navy Pier, offering those in Millennium Park the chance to experience two of the most exciting events in the city on the 4th simultaneously.



July 3, 2015

Opening Night, Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thousands attended the opening night concert of the 2015 Grant Park Music Festival last night, Wednesday, June 17. Despite downpours earlier in the day, the sun was shining and everyone was eager to kick off summer with food, friends, and free live music.

Conductor Carlos Kalmar led the Grant Park Orchestra for a spectacular concert featuring Russian piano sensation, Yevgeny Sudbin, making his Festival debut in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Also on the program were Norman’s Drip and Beethoven’s rhythmically charged Seventh Symphony. Maestro Kalmar surprised the audience when he entered the stage wearing a Blackhawks jersey, commemorating their recent Stanley Cup victory.

Before, during, and after the concert, WFMT spoke with audience members about what they packed in their picnic baskets. We saw a number of impressive picnics and elaborate spreads. One common denominator among all the picnics with the diverse crowds? Wine! Lots and lots of wine!

Enjoy the slide show above of the opening night concert. If you see yourself, feel free to tell us in the comments below! Maybe we’ll see you again later this summer.

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