The Jay Pritzker Pavilion is the premier small event outdoor music pavilion located within Millennium Park. This bandshell was completed in 2004, sitting on a 95,000 square foot lawn featuring 4,000 fixed seats and 7,000 lawn seats. This venue is one of the world’s most state-of-the-art outdoor music pavilions and features a proscenium surrounded by billowing curves of stainless steel. There is a steel trellis that spans the audience and great lawn as well as a billowing headdress of brushed stainless steel ribbons. This revolutionary bandshell stands at 120 feet high and was designed to mimic the acoustics of an indoor concert hall by distributing the enhanced sound equally over both the fixed and lawn seats.
While here, technically on the South side of Randolph Street, your group will learn more about the center's history, from its namesake's family involvement with the Hyatt Hotels to the architect Frank Gehry’s dream vision and planning. This section of Millennium park is now the current home for the Grant park Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, as well as one of the only remaining classic music festivals, the Grant Park Music Festival. This pavilion hosts a wide range of music series and annual performing arts events, from mainstream rock to classical musicians and opera singers. There are even fitness courses like yoga taught out of this award-winning venue, and if you are here during the winter you can still enjoy an outdoor concert as the glass doors enclose the stage in the winter months. Enjoy the nighttime decorative lights bathing the metallics in color, or test your photography skills with this amazing design during the daytime!