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Concerts in the Plaza

2023 Entertainment Lineup

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June 13 | Strung Out | '70s

Strung Out is Chicago’s ultimate 1970s musical experience. They’ve dug through the incredible treasure trove of classic 1970s music that other bands overlook and found the greatest songs that are as diverse as the decade itself! Rock, soul, funk and fantastic one-hit wonders that are instantly recognizable have made them a favorite for audiences of all ages.


CIP-AmericanEnglishJune 20 | American English | Beatles Tribute

American English is simply the best Beatles tribute band of our time. They were voted number one in sound-alike contests at Beatlefest® by thousands of Beatles fans for three consecutive years. Their demand here and abroad, coupled with their spectacular fan base, anchored them in a professional setting and launched them into larger venues and theatres worldwide.


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June 27 | The Wayouts | Rock 'n' Roll

Dedicated exclusively to garage rock hits from the 1960s, The Wayouts deliver an authentic revival of rock n' roll's first generation with hits from The Kinks, The Animals, The Troggs, The Monkees, The Rascals and more. Veterans of the Chicago music scene, they have diverse musical resumes.


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July 11 | Brooklyn Charmers | Steely Dan Tribute

Brooklyn Charmers is a Steely Dan tribute band comprised of some of Chicago's top players. With masterful precision and obsessive dedication to the music, Brooklyn Charmers injects a new energy into the beloved catalogue; bridging the gap between new and lifelong fans alike.


CIP-StillHouseJunkiesJuly 18 | Stillhouse Junkies | Bluegrass

Stillhouse Junkies play a mixture of original roots, blues, funk, swing, and bluegrass music. With all three band members sharing lead vocal and songwriting duties, the band conjures a wide range of tonal landscapes that pay tribute to the iconic sounds of Gillian Welch, the Allman Brothers, Tim O'Brien, the Wood Brothers, John Hiatt, and countless others.


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July 25 | The North 41 | Jam-Pop

The North 41 brings a new sound to the jam-band scene as they explore the boundaries of funk, rock and pop music. Melding funk and disco-inspired grooves with catchy choruses and high energy solos, The North 41 aim to create music that inspires you to dance, sing, think and feel.


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August 1 | Mackenzie O'Brien and Band | Country

Mackenzie O'Brien and Band is Chicagoland's hottest young country band consisting of full-time musicians and fronted by the woman referred to as Chicago's new country queen! The band covers songs from today's country stars such as Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris, to stars of the past like Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings and the Eagles.


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August 8 | John Primer | Blues

John Primer brings his signature electric slide guitar, soulful R&B vocals, and the influence of blues legends he has played with, including Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Willie Dixon, and Magic Slim. He has undisputedly helped build the sound and style of Chicago blues as we know it today.


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August 15 | Rico! | Rock & Jazz

Rico! creates an immense fiery soulful sound through bass, congas, percussion, drums, timbales, keyboards, guitar, and pure passion. The band will move you physically and mentally with their hypnotic blend of afro-Cuban rhythms or purge deep into your soul with their eminent sense of melody. They are influenced and inspired by all the innovative rock, soul, jazz, afro-Cuban, blues, funk, reggae, and hip-hop pioneers.


CONCERT DETAILS

  • For concert updates, view map here or call 847-968-3499. There is no rescheduling if a concert is canceled.
  • Concerts are open to all ages and are held at the preserve's outdoor amphitheater, Millennia Plaza, overlooking a 129-acre lake.
  • Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Pop up canopies and umbrellas are not permitted in the plaza or lawn. Arrive early to secure your spot. 
  • Smoking is prohibited in the concert area and at the Beer Garden at Independence Grove
  • Pack a picnic, or purchase a light dinner, snack or beverage from the preserve's walk-up café.
  • Before the concert begins, spend the afternoon at the preserve fishing, or boating on the 129-acre lake, or hiking, biking or in-line skating on nearly seven miles of trails. Stop by the Visitors Center to find information on the preserve and learn about rental space.
  • Pets Not Permitted: Dogs, horses or other pets are not allowed in the preserve or preserve facilities.
  • Service Animals: Qualified services animals are allowed throughout the preserve and in all preserve facilities.
  • Safety: For the safety of all guests, all items brought into the Forest Preserve (including, without limitation, coolers, picnic baskets, bags, backpacks and purses) are subject to search upon entry or reentry into the park and may also be inspected again upon entering Millennia Plaza.

VEHICLE ENTRANCE FEE: $10

Pricing includes drop-offs.

To help offset our cost to host this quality concert, there is vehicle entrance fee. All entrance fees are nonrefundable. No rain date. Arrive early as parking is limited; cars are turned away when parking is full. Parking lots reserved for concert traffic are not available prior to 5 pm. For your safety, and as a courtesy to preserve neighbors, please park in the preserve only.


THANK YOU SPONSORS

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Libertyville Bank & Trust Co. N.A.

Lake County Journal

Interested in learning about concert sponsorship opportunities? Please contact the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves at 847-968-3438.

Pontoon Rentals & More!

To make your concert outing even more memorable, reserve a pontoon boat for your group of up to eight! Additional rental equipment is available. Call 847-968-3499 to reserve. Learn More »

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Beer Garden

The Beer Garden at Independence Grove is open from 5–9 pm on Tuesday nights for Concerts in the Plaza. You can purchase a variety of local craft brews on tap, along with packaged snacks and other beverages. Plenty of casual lakeside seating is available.

View the Beer Garden Menu


CONCERT AT GREENBELT CULTURAL CENTER

1215 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL 60064

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Thursday, August 10 | 7:30 pm | Mississippi Heat | Blues

For the third year, a concert is scheduled for a venue in North Chicago. Mississippi Heat will perform at the outdoor amphitheater at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago. Led by Chicago Hall of Fame harmonica master and songwriter Pierre Lacocque, Mississippi Heat is a world-class Chicago Blues Band. Their motto is “traditional blues with a unique sound” as they present fresh, yet vintage-based musical ideas.

Bring chairs and blankets. Pack a picnic, or food and soft drinks available for purchase from Delights by Angela.

VEHICLE ENTRANCE FEE (INCLUDING DROP-OFFS): $10

To help offset our cost to host this quality concert, there is vehicle entrance fee. All entrance fees are nonrefundable. No rain date. Arrive early as parking is limited; cars are turned away when parking is full. Parking lots reserved for concert traffic are not available prior to 5 pm. For your safety, and as a courtesy to preserve neighbors, please park in the preserve only.


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