Grant Park Orchestra

Last Wednesday, before biking home in the dusk, I spent the evening with my friend Sara, enjoying a free performance by the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago’s gorgeous Pritzker Pavilion.  The performance was part of a summer-long Grant Park Music Festival.

I try to go once a week; everyone in Chicago should try to go at least once a season.  The music and scenery are beautiful, and you’re allowed to bring a picnic complete with wine.






Best of all, once the concert is over, I get to bike off into the beautiful sunset.
I’ve written about these concerts a few times before.
Happy Official Summer!  :-)
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7 thoughts on “Grant Park Orchestra

  1. Grace says:

    Agree! Pritzker is amazing – I’m going tonight to see the Carolina Chocolate Drops (do you know them? Fabulous bluegrass from the African American heritage). No bike today, but sometime soon – your photos of the LFP are inspiring! Happy riding.

    • Dottie says:

      Thanks, Grace! I wanted to go see the Carolina Chocolate Drops, but I think it ended up storming that night. Too much rain this summer!

  2. Grace says:

    PS – I like the new website layout.

  3. Lis says:

    How lovely! I need to make it a point to do this sometime this summer. I can’t believe I’ve always lived in the city and have never even been to Grant Park, let alone Pritzker Pavilion.

    This is apropos of nothing, but I’ve been desperately searching for a bike to buy next year for transportation instead of buying a monthly bus pass. I had settled on a BEG Bella with an added rear rack, until I realized without the rack (or my lock, or my bags…), she comes in at 42 lbs. I know Oma is a similar weight, and noticed you didn’t seem to ride her much this winter or Spring (based on photos, of course.) and was wondering if you’re finding her weight to be a hindrance? Do you think 42+ lbs is too much for a daily commute of 6 miles each way. If not, can you think of any bikes you would suggest I look at in Bella’s stead, the only real “musts” being integrated lighting, a comfortable ride for such distances, and sturdy ride in the winter. (I have to ride streets without a lane even, so the more safe I feel, the better, especially on wet roads.) I have a feeling I’m never going to find the one that fits all of those needs AND doesn’t weigh a lot.

    • Dottie says:

      Hi, sorry it’s taken me this long to reply to your comment! I wanted to write a whole blog in response, but haven’t yet gotten around to it. Short answer is that I don’t think that’s too heavy for a daily commute of 6 miles, as long as it’s not hilly. The only reason I was riding Betty so much lately is because Oma needed to be repaired.

      I’m not familiar with the Bella, but she sounds like a good choice. I hear good things about the Linus, which is a bit lighter, but do not have firsthand experience.

      I’d love to hear what you decide!

  4. Glad you like the bicycle parking area behind the Millennium Park bike station. It’s a pretty well-designed layout, if I do say so myself. ; – )

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