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By Meg Mathis | June 17, 2016 | Culture
From hard rock headliners to stunning symphonies, these 10 must-see outdoor shows let you live that alfresco life all summer long.
NIGHT OF PASSION
Now in its 32nd year, the Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party kicks off summer with none other than Passion Pit. June 25, UIC Festival Lot, 1145 S. Morgan St.
Low on hairspray? Stock up for when Soldier Field transforms into Paradise City this July as Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan reunite for Guns N’ Roses’ highly anticipated “Not in This Lifetime” tour stop. July 1 and 3, 1410 Museum Campus Dr.
If music is food for the soul, it’s only fitting that Taste of Chicago continue to whet guests’ appetites with a cornucopia of artists like Elle King, The Decemberists, Sheila E., and The Roots. July 6-10, Petrillo Music Shell, 235 S. Columbus Dr.
BREWS AND TUNES
Lincoln Square hosts the fifth annual Square Roots, a jam-packed weekend that complements 70 acts with more than 40 sips from local and regional craft breweries. July 8-10, 4400-4560 N. Lincoln Ave.
FKA Twigs, Sufjan Stevens, Miguel, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Brian Wilson might seem like strange bedfellows, but not at Pitchfork Music Festival’s 11th installment at Union Park. July 15-17, 1501 W. Randolph St.
The sonic stars have aligned as Northerly Island welcomes a trifecta of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers—Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and Illinois’ own Cheap Trick—to amp things up along the lakefront. July 19, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion, 1300 S. Lynn White Dr.
Guest conductor Marin Alsop leads the Grant Park Orchestra in The New World Symphony, featuring Dvořák’s “Symphony No. 9” and Duke Ellington orchestrations as performed by jazz violinist Regina Carter. July 22-23, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St.
It’s 11 AM on July 28. Do you know where your crop top is? After all, Lollapalooza is celebrating its 25th edition in a big way with an extra day of performances beginning Thursday; highlights include Ellie Goulding, Future, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Haim, and Jane’s Addiction. July 28-31, Grant Park, Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway
For a dose of Southern charm, head to the North Shore, where Dolly Parton will dazzle Ravinia for the first time in 25 years. Expect the country crooner to perform beloved showstoppers like “Jolene” and “9 to 5” along with new numbers. August 7, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, 847-266-5100
Diehard Cubs fan Eddie Vedder is certainly no stranger to Wrigley Field, and the Evanston native will be mixing business with pleasure as Pearl Jam returns to the Friendly Confines for two nights. August 20 and 22, 1060 W. Addison St.