Music For The Whole Family

Don’t miss this summer’s best concerts. We have the scoop on the bands you won’t want to miss.


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1.  Every Day Is Yours To Win by R.E.M.
2. Gratisfaction by The Strokes
3. The Other Side by Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3
4. Old Old Fashioned by Frightened Rabbit
5. Nothing to Lose by Jeremy Fisher
6. You Can Do Magic by America

Choose your genre and take your kids—these upcoming shows are Valslist favorites!

Aug 5, 6, 7
Why not support your kid’s love of music and consider buying a ticket to Lollapalooza Music Fest as a graduation or birthday gift?   It’s a safe (and well managed) music fest in the heart of Grant Park.  Learn more at

Brett Dennen (singer/songwriter)
June 3  |  Vic Theatre

Teddy Thompson
June 3  |  SPACE Evanston

Ray LaMontagne & Brandi Carlile
June 7  |  Pritzker Pavilion Millennium Park

Dave Specter
June 8  |  SPACE

Beach Boys
(vintage pop)
June 9 | Auditorium Theatre

Moody Blues (vintage rock)
June 11  |  Ravinia

B52s and Go Go’s (80s pop)
June 17  |  Ravinia

Maroon 5 (current pop)
June 30 & July 1  |  Ravinia

Jennifer Hudson
(American Idol)
July 6  |  Ravinia

Katy Perry (pop icon)
July 8 | Allstate

Venue Spotlight: Ravinia

Here are great shows for all ages and groups this month at our beloved outdoor music venue.

for boomers
June 11: Moody Blues
Spring for pavilion seats if you can—if not, enjoy them on the jumbotron on the lawn—they can still sing.

for young & old

June 16: Robert Plant
From Led Zeppelin to now, he keeps giving us more. Two years ago he graced Ravinia, playing with Alison Krauss from their acclaimed album. Now he’s going back to his roots with a brand new solo album. Take your kids and play some Zeppelin for them before you go.

girls’ night out
June 17: Go Go’s & B52s
Pack some margaritas and appetizers and head for the lawn—instant good mood!

date night

June 26: Daryl Hall & John Oates
Flash back to your dating days. This will be a fantastic concert.

family night

June 30/July 1: Maroon 5
Something for everyone. Take a picnic and share this music with your kids. It gives “unplugged” a new meaning.