Best 2018 Kids' Concert Series

Posted: May 23, 2018

There's no shortage of kids' music taking place all over the Chicagoland area this summer. We've rounded up some of the best summer concert series that feature the best local kids' performers. Many of these shows are free, or low cost! So grab your dancing shoes, and perhaps your picnic blanket, and check out these great summer shows.

Toddlers, Tunes and Turtles
Old Town School of Folk Music at Various Park Locations
Various dates June 9 - September 7; See web site for full schedule
Join Old Town School of Folk Music all summer long as we happily partner once again with the Chicago Park District to provide live musical entertainment for children and families at Toddlers, Tunes and Turtles events all over the city! All performances 6:00 - 6:45 PM. Free.

Partial Schedule - see web site for full schedule:

  • Tuesday, June 26:Karen Banks-Lubicz at Archer Park , 4901 S Kilbourn Ave
  • Wednesday, June 27: Shelley Miller at Austin Park, 5951 W Lake St
  • Thursday, June 28: Alisa Rosenthal at Bixler Playlot, 5641 S. Kenwood St
  • Thursday, July 5: Karen Banks-Lubicz at Holstein Park, 2200 N Oakley Ave
  • Tuesday, July 10: Lenny Marsh at Women's Park and Garden, 1801 S Indiana Ave.
  • Wednesday, July 11: Shelley Miller at Wentworth Park, 5625 S Mobile Ave

Dancin Sprouts Concerts
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
Wednesdays June 6 - August 29, 5:30-7:30pm
Dancin' Sprouts will be held in the Rose Garden this year, with free musical entertainment for kids. Bring the whole family and enjoy live music in this idyllic summer setting. Concerts are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; parking $30 for non-members.
  • June 6: Little Miss Ann
  • June 13: The Boogers
  • June 20: Farmer Jason
  • June 27: Animal Farm
  • July 4: Ben Tatar and the Tatar Tots
  • July 11: Human Tim Robot Tim
  • July 18: Super Stolie and the Rockstars *Bilingual
  • July 25: Amy Lowe
  • Aug 1: Miss Jamie & the Farmhands
  • Aug 8: The Exceptionals *a concert to accommodate children with sensory differences; All children welcome.
  • Aug 15: Zak Morgan
  • Aug 22: Duke Otherwise
  • Aug 29: Istvan & His Imaginary Band

Thursday Family Night Kids' Concerts
Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
Thursdays, June 14 through August 16, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Bring the family for kid-friendly after-hours entertainment with music and more. Be sure to explore the Children’s Garden and the Maze Garden.
  • June 14 Miss Jamie's Farm
  • June 21 Wendy & DB - Family Pride Night
  • June 28 Animal Farm
  • July 5 Todd Downing - Choose Kindness Night
  • July 12 Little Miss Ann
  • July 19 Super Stolie - Bilingual (Spanish-English) Sing-along
  • July 26 Miss Jamie's Farm
  • August 2 Scribble Monster - Sensory Exploration Night
  • August 9 Duke Otherwise
  • August 16 Zak Morgan - Art and Nature Night

Eat to the Beat Kids Concerts
Jewett Park, 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield
Wednesdays July 11 - August 1, 11:30-12:30pm
Join your playmates for lunch and fun at the Jewett Park Pavilion for our weekly lunch concerts in the park! These concerts are Wednesdays from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Bring a picnic lunch, listen to music and play in the park. These lunchtime concerts are FREE!
  • July 11 - Scribble Books
  • July 18 - Jeanie B!
  • July 25 – Animal Farm
  • August 1 - Wendy and DB!

Children's Lunch Hour Entertainment
Naperville Riverwalk, Jackson Avenue and Webster Street and Frontier Park, 3415 Book Road, Naperville
Tuesdays June 12 - July 24 - No concert on July 3. 11:30am
Pack a lunch, bring sunglasses and an umbrella, then join the fun on Tuesday afternoons with a variety of exciting performances geared toward the young and young-at-heart. All shows begin at 11:30 a.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. Free.
  • Todd Downing - June 12 - Riverwalk
  • Istvan & His Imaginary Band - June 19 - Frontier Park
  • Super Stolie - June 26 - Riverwalk
  • Scribble Monster - July 10 - Frontier Park Jeanie B. - July 17 - Riverwalk
  • Miss Jamie from the Farm - July 24 - Frontier Park

There are also DOZENS of additional summer concert series taking place in Chicago and the suburbs this fall, so check your local park disticts to see if there's one near you! Here's a few more concert series that aren't specifically kid-focused, but would be great for both parents and kids to enjoy!

Music at the Patio
Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, May 29 - August 27, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Experience the best in local music, beer and food in the landmark setting of the Patio at Café Brauer, located at the zoo's picturesque Nature Boardwalk. Each week different local musicians from the Chicago area perform free acoustic sets, music is curated by the Old Town School of Folk Music.
  • May 30: Fiddle Club of the World Orchestra (fiddle music)
  • June 6: Liz and the Lovelies (acoustic indie folk pop)
  • June 13: Yerba Mate (South American)
  • June 20: Neil & Janet de los EEUU (postmodern folkloric Latin)
  • June 27: Colby Maddox (bluegrass and country)
  • July 11: Filisko & Noden (roots and blues)
  • July 18: BBE (Cajun)
  • July 25: Shelley Miller Duo (pop and folk)
  • August 1: Steve & Jimmy (rock and pop)
  • August 8: Tony do Rosario Duo (jazz)
  • Auguset 15: Barlow (blues, rags, old-time, early country)
  • August 22: The Pickin’ Bubs (traditional country, old-time, folk)
  • August 29: Harlan Terson Duet (blues instrumentals and more)
  • September 5: The Astronomer (pop and rock)
  • September 12: Laura Crotte Duo (Mexican)
  • September 19: Jodee Lewis (Americana)
  • September 26: Dill Costa Duo (Brazilian jazz)

Rockin' in the Park
Parkway Bank Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont
Thursdays May 31 - August 30, 7-10pm
Rosemont’s Parkway Bank Park entertainment district will celebrate the summer season with the return of the “Rockin’ in the Park” free summer concert series. The weekly series is scheduled to begin Sunday, May 27 with a special Memorial Day cookout and live concert event beginning at 3 p.m. Free concerts will continue on Thursday evenings from May 31 through August 30, featuring music by classic cover bands, food and beverage tents on the park’s great lawn and a musical fireworks display after every show.

  • Thursday, May 31: Chicago Catz
  • Thursday, June 7: Libido Funk Circus
  • Thursday, June 14: Rush Tribute Project
  • Thursday, June 28: One of These Nights
  • Tuesday, July 3: Jay “Elvis” Dupuis
  • Thursday, July 5: The Four C Notes
  • Thursday, July 12: 52nd Street
  • Thursday, July 19: Silver Bullet Band STL
  • Thursday, July 26: Atomic Punks
  • Thursday, August 2: Elton Rohn
  • Thursday, August 9: American English
  • Thursday, August 16: Slippery When Wet
  • Thursday, August 23: Think Floyd USA
  • Thursday, August 30: Sixteen Candles 

Wednesdays in the Woods Summer Concert
Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Road, Winnetka
Join us for live music, food, and drinks in Hubbard Woods Park Wednesdays throughout the summer! from 6 – 8:30 pm. Free.

  • June 13: 7th Heaven
  • June 20: North Shore Music Institute
  • June 27: Johnny Russler & The Beach Bum Band
  • July 11: Suburban Cowboys
  • July 17: North Shore Music Institute
  • July 25: Boy Band Night

Summer Concert in the Park
Scoville Park, 800 Lake St., Oak Park
Sundays June 10 - August 19, 5:30pm
Join us for family friendly music and entertainment every Sunday, June 10 through August 19. Summer Concerts in Scoville Park are FREE and begin at 5:30. In the event of inclement weather or technical difficulties, concerts may start late but will not run past 7:30 pm.

    June 10 - The Stingrays - rockin' oldies and rock-a-billy hits
  • June 17 - X2 - Acoustic Blues and Soul
  • June 24 - The Velvet Jimis - Local OP band playing rock, blues and soul
  • July 1 - June's Got The Cash - Johnny and June Carter-Cash Tribute band
  • July 8 - The Noize - Local OP members playing classic and modern rock
  • July 15-Scott Marek Band - country rock
  • July 22 - Robert Rolff Fedderson - Local OP artist playing rock, blues and soul
  • July 29 - The Great Crusades - Local OP members playing hard hitting American rock
  • August 5 - The Music Dudes - rock, soul an r&b covers
  • August 12 - Groove Witness - Local OP members playing jazzy blues and soul
  • August 19 - The Friends Band - pop, r&b and dance favorites