Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
4.5
06:00 - 23:00
Monday
06:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 23:00
Thursday
06:00 - 23:00
Friday
06:00 - 23:00
Saturday
06:00 - 23:00
Sunday
06:00 - 23:00
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Neighbourhood: Millennium Park
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  • Randolph/Wabash • 5 min walk
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  • Gidons51
    Herzliya, Israel4,336 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An architecture masterpiece in the millennium park .
    The Jewish Architect Frank Gehry designed this 40 meters high masterpiece donated by Jay Pritzker to the city of Chicago. Maybe the number one attraction in the Millennium park . Open air performances and concerts with perfect acoustics.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 May 2023
  • Irina
    United States11,121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Venue, Timeless Music
    Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park is a spectacular venue for performing arts. It was designed by the great architect Frank Gehry, and it opened to public in 2004. During all these years, the Pavilion has been the host for various concerts, festivals, and many other cultural events. The structure of the Pavilion is fascinating: not only in the post-modern architectural design of the stainless steel headdress and the orchestra shell space, but also in the unique trellis network of speakers, that provide an excellent sound projection for the audience of up to 11,000 people, both on the fixed seats, and on the Great Lawn. And beyond. When several days ago I was walking in the Millennium Park, I suddenly heard strong sounds of powerful orchestra music. When I came closer I found out , that it was the rehearsal of Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the concert, that its renowned Music Director Riccardo Muti was to conduct for the last time. There were not too many spectators at the Pavilion in the afternoon hour (and hazy, smoky air). Everybody I saw around were quiet, silent, clearly mesmerized by the orchestra and its conductor. The final, free "Concert for Chicago" with Riccardo Muti took place at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in the evening of the same day, June 27, 2023. It was Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.5 in E minor, that I listened to at the rehearsal at the Pavilion. Timeless music. Fantastic venue. Great orchestra. Superb conductor. Unforgettable experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 July 2023
  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, Iowa2,442 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic venue for outdoor music!
    Fantastic venue for outdoor music. The sound is crystal clear. Designed by Frank Gehry, who also designed the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The video screen of the performing artist makes it easy to see the act from anywhere in the pavilion. We sat in about row 8 on the lower right hand side down in front. It was near the restrooms and a wonderful place to sit and listen to the music. People were dancing in the back on the cement portion and grassy area. There is room to picnic and spread out. Security at the entrance for safety. Concessions were available. We saw the Eddie Palmieri Orchestra and also the salsa warm up band. Both were excellent. Highly recommend!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,564 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Outdoor Concert Venue in Millennium Park
    This futuristic looking amphitheater located in Millennium Park seats 11,000 but even more can enjoy the performances in the Great Lawn behind the seats. Known for great acoustics, it is considered one of the best outdoor concert experiences in the city. There are also many concerts held here that are free to the public throughout the summer months. The Chicago Blues Festival held over 3 days in June is one of the highlights of this free concert series in the park.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 March 2024
  • sanju_222323
    New Jersey14,183 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Architect Frank Gehry stated that he would “like to design the relationship between the audience and the stage
    The pavilion was named for Jay Pritzker, Hyatt Hotel chain founder and of course establisher of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture. Chicago can be considered both a city of architecture and the execution of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park can prove it. Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry stated that he would “like to design the relationship between the audience and the stage, and in so doing, he would answer the question of how to create an outdoor space “where the people who are far away from the orchestra feel like they are included in the performance. Placement of speakers might make you wonder- The twenty-two steel arches of the trellis, some of which span more than 400 feet, allow the speakers to be placed above the audience without blocking sight lines The pavilion is an open stage that seats upwards of 11,000 people in a mixture of fixed seats and the lawn and accommodates a full orchestra on stage. It includes 4000 fixed seats near the stage and can accommodate an additional 7000 people on the Great Lawn. Seating and lawn areas are built on top of a large underground carpark which remains very well concealed from pedestrians at ground level.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 April 2024
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sanju_222323
New Jersey14,183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The pavilion was named for Jay Pritzker, Hyatt Hotel chain founder and of course establisher of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture. Chicago can be considered both a city of architecture and the execution of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park can prove it.

Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry stated that he would “like to design the relationship between the audience and the stage, and in so doing, he would answer the question of how to create an outdoor space “where the people who are far away from the orchestra feel like they are included in the performance.

Placement of speakers might make you wonder- The twenty-two steel arches of the trellis, some of which span more than 400 feet, allow the speakers to be placed above the audience without blocking sight lines

The pavilion is an open stage that seats upwards of 11,000 people in a mixture of fixed seats and the lawn and accommodates a full orchestra on stage. It includes 4000 fixed seats near the stage and can accommodate an additional 7000 people on the Great Lawn.
Seating and lawn areas are built on top of a large underground carpark which remains very well concealed from pedestrians at ground level.
Written 11 April 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,564 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
This futuristic looking amphitheater located in Millennium Park seats 11,000 but even more can enjoy the performances in the Great Lawn behind the seats. Known for great acoustics, it is considered one of the best outdoor concert experiences in the city. There are also many concerts held here that are free to the public throughout the summer months. The Chicago Blues Festival held over 3 days in June is one of the highlights of this free concert series in the park.
Written 13 March 2024
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA2,442 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Fantastic venue for outdoor music. The sound is crystal clear. Designed by Frank Gehry, who also designed the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The video screen of the performing artist makes it easy to see the act from anywhere in the pavilion. We sat in about row 8 on the lower right hand side down in front. It was near the restrooms and a wonderful place to sit and listen to the music. People were dancing in the back on the cement portion and grassy area. There is room to picnic and spread out. Security at the entrance for safety. Concessions were available. We saw the Eddie Palmieri Orchestra and also the salsa warm up band. Both were excellent. Highly recommend!
Written 6 July 2023
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Irina
United States11,121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park is a spectacular venue for performing arts. It was designed by the great architect Frank Gehry, and it opened to public in 2004. During all these years, the Pavilion has been the host for various concerts, festivals, and many other cultural events.

The structure of the Pavilion is fascinating: not only in the post-modern architectural design of the stainless steel headdress and the orchestra shell space, but also in the unique trellis network of speakers, that provide an excellent sound projection for the audience of up to 11,000 people, both on the fixed seats, and on the Great Lawn.

And beyond. When several days ago I was walking in the Millennium Park, I suddenly heard strong sounds of powerful orchestra music. When I came closer I found out , that it was the rehearsal of Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the concert, that its renowned Music Director Riccardo Muti was to conduct for the last time.

There were not too many spectators at the Pavilion in the afternoon hour (and hazy, smoky air). Everybody I saw around were quiet, silent, clearly mesmerized by the orchestra and its conductor. The final, free "Concert for Chicago" with Riccardo Muti took place at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in the evening of the same day, June 27, 2023.

It was Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.5 in E minor, that I listened to at the rehearsal at the Pavilion. Timeless music. Fantastic venue. Great orchestra. Superb conductor.

Unforgettable experience.
Written 2 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Gidons51
Herzliya, Israel4,336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
The Jewish Architect Frank Gehry designed this 40 meters high masterpiece donated by Jay Pritzker to the city of Chicago. Maybe the number one attraction in the Millennium park . Open air performances and concerts with perfect acoustics.
Written 27 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Grover R
Pensacola, FL18,095 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
While we did not get to see an event here, it was neat just to walk through it. This is another great park feature in Millennium Park. It is a beautiful venue set in the park with skyscrapers for a backdrop. Still the stage and overhead metal tubing are added features to the venue that create their own enclosed space in a wide open area.
Written 23 November 2022
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m zayner
Chicago, IL5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Used to be a great addition to Chicago. This is a public park District. Now , we not only pay taxes for the park district but have to pay for everything except a walk through. For what used to be free seats in the pavilion the park district pays 2 ushers per isle to keep people out. The city can’t pay for police protection but pay to keep people out of the pavilion.
The ribbon is contracted out and charge $20’.00 for skates. There are no longer any in person exercise classes like other park districts.
I had to listen to our Mayors disparaging remarks about the Supreme Court and her filthy language about Clarence Thomas. I didnt pay for a political rally at what was suppose to be a concert. Two days later she said it doesn’t help to make disparaging remarks about others. What?? I paid to hear this as well as my taxes.

Want our Park District Back
Written 26 July 2022
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psudino
Weehawken, NJ4,219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
This is just an awesome looking venue. The way the metal bends it almost looks liquid. It is a perfect pairing with the Bean. There are plenty of seats and a massive lawn behind the seats. When the venue isn't being used the lawn doubles as a very well-maintained park.
Written 13 June 2022
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Blondie1965
Linn Creek, MO106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We drove up for 7 hours for a concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the location is phenomenal!

The architecture is amazing, as were the acoustics. The seating was comfy and it was cool to look behind you and see the city. While we paid for actual seats, what we loved was that people could bring their own chairs and food and non-alcoholic drinks and set up on the lawn - how civilized and perfect for hot summer nights!

There were many drink stations but food was basically limited to soft pretzels and maybe something else similar. Tons of stalls in the bathrooms, so no line-ups.

We'd go to another concert here in a minute! And if we lived in Chicago, we'd be there all the time - but on the lawn for those concerts that we don't want to be close to the stage.
Written 11 June 2022
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CINDYROSE720
Denver, CO981 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
2021-May: Really cool outdoor entertainment venue. We just passed by. This area has been corded along its perimeter and no one us allowed even within the grass area. It was not like this when i visited 5 years ago.
Written 16 May 2021
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