Sounds of Summer
Three outstanding outdoor concerts
We watched a bit wistfully as Lollapalooza?s VIP passes sold out last week, but let?s face it: At this point in our lives, we can?t deal.
Instead, we?re marking our calendars to catch three awe-inspiring songstresses at Chicago?s best under-the-stars venues.
Sharon Van Etten at ?Millennium Park If you love Neko Case, you?ll fall for this Brooklyn-based singer whose folksy style is more ethereal than twangy. Van Etten sells out shows from London to Sydney; this summer you?ll hear her for free on June 3. 201 E. Randolph St.; millenniumpark.org
Jewel at Ravinia How many hours did we spend crooning along with ?Foolish Games? in the ?90s? Thankfully we came out of that decade intact, and so did one of our favorite singer-songwriters ever. The leafy grounds of Ravinia are the perfect place to hear Jewel's plaintive voice in person on June 16. (Brush up by listening to her new greatest hits album.) Tickets $27 to $70; 200 Ravinia Park Rd.; 847-266-5000 or ravinia.org
Karen Gomyo with the Grant Park Orchestra Born in Tokyo and raised in Montreal and New York, this striking young violinist will perform the famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius?s only concerto during a two-night appearance at the Pritzker Pavilion on July 26 and 27. Free, memberships available for premium seats; 201 E. Randolph St.; grantparkmusicfestival.com