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Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago

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Jay Pritzker Pavilion, also known as Pritzker Pavilion or Pritzker Music Pavilion, is a bandshell in Millennium Park in the Loop community area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. It is located on the south side of Randolph Street and east of the Chicago Landmark Historic Michigan Boulevard District. The pavilion was named after Jay Pritzker, whose family is known for owning Hyatt Hotels. The building was designed by architect Frank Gehry, who accepted the design commission in April 1999; the pavilion was constructed between June 1999 and July 2004, opening officially on July 16, 2004.
Pritzker Pavilion serves as the centerpiece for Millennium Park and is the home of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Grant Park Music Festival, the nation's only remaining free outdoor classical music series. It also hosts a wide range of music series and annual performing arts events. Performers ranging from mainstream rock bands to classical musicians and opera singers have appeared at the pavilion, which even hosts physical fitness activities such as yoga. All rehearsals at the pavilion are open to the public; trained guides are available for the music festival rehearsals, which are well-attended.
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  • It is another of Gehry's great works, in my opinion one of the best architects in the world that always surprises with its wonderful constructions. We had the opportunity to go when there was a concert and in addition to the impressive steel structure with which it is built, what caught our attention was the grass that stands behind the pavilion seats and where a lattice of speakers placed on it s tubes allow to listen to the music spectacularly while people enjoyed a picnic afternoon. Definitely a unique experience and you don't have to let it go.
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  • This building is so eye-catching, because of its size, design, gorgeous curves, and fascinating metal skin. It's quite uplifting just to see it, being able to catch a concert there would be totally am...  more »
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  • A beautiful public pavilion in the heart of Millennium Park. During the summer, there are frequently free concerts, movie screenings, and other community events. It’s a great place to spend a summer evening. You can bring a picnic and sit on the grass behind the fixed seating area. Definitely a great place for folks of all ages to enjoy.
  • A beautiful work of art that also functions as a wonderful outdoor amphitheater. This is a must see for any Chicago visit. During the summer they do free concerts that are a blast. They also show movies sometimes and do festivals. I highly recommend checking out their website online to see what is happening next time you’re around.

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