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The After-Work Picnic and Concert: Pritzker Pavilion Season Starts Soon!
by crandell | 04/20/2008
Every summer I feel guilty for not going to enough shows at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, and this year I'm determined to take better advantage of having such an incredible place so close to home and work. While many Chicagoans still flock to Ravinia for an outdoor concert and picnic experience, I think our own little gem downtown beats Ravinia hands-down. Not only is the Pritzker Pavilion almost always free, but it has an incredible sound system, a spectacular view and sense of place, and a convenient location easily accessible by transit and bike. In other words, going to a show at the Pritzker Pavilion doesn't have to be a special event -- it can be a regular after-work treat.
If you insist on going to the Pritzker Pavilion's suburban counterpart, it's good to note that you can indeed get there without a car, and I have to give props to Ravinia for having an entire page on their website dedicated to getting to Ravinia by Metra.
The Millennium Park music season kicks off on Fri., May 9, with a live simulcast from Chicago Opera Theater. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., giving you plenty of time to pick up your picnic after work. No need to plan ahead -- just stop by Pastoral (55 E. Lake) on your way over to grab some wine, cheese, olives and a baguette. Alcohol is permitted at the Pritzker Pavilion during performances, however, glass bottles and cans are not -- so you may want to bring a thermos. To master your picnic techniques, sign up for Prefect Picnics in the Park on May 15, hosted by Pastoral and the Dept. of Cultural Affairs.