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Concerts in the Plaza at Independence Grove


Our outdoor concerts are held Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, from June 22 through August 3, at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. No rain dates. 


  • Concerts are held at the preserve's outdoor amphitheater, Millennia Plaza, overlooking a 115-acre lake.
  • There is an entrance fee of $10 per car after 5 pm on event nights (drop-offs included). All entrance fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable   all
  • Parking lots reserved for concert traffic are not available prior to 5 pm. Cars are turned away when parking lots are full. For your safety, and as a courtesy to preserve neighbors, please park in the preserve only.
  • Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Pop up canopies and umbrellas are not permitted in the plaza or lawn.
  • Pack a picnic, or purchase a light dinner, snack or beverage from the preserve's walk-up café.
  • For concert reminders, weather updates or to learn if a concert has been canceled, call 847-968-3499, view status map here or get updates via Twitter. There is no rescheduling if a concert is cancelled.
  • To make your concert outing even more memorable, call 847-968-3499 to reserve a pontoon boat for your group of up to eight.
  • Before the concert begins, spend the afternoon at the preserve fishing, or boating on the 115-acre lake, or hiking, biking or in-line skating on nearly 7 miles of trails. Stop by the Visitors Center to explore educational exhibits and learn about rental space, and visit the café.

No dogs, horses or other pets are allowed in the preserve or preserve facilities.

Service Animals
Qualified services animals are allowed throughout the preserve and in all preserve facilities.

2021 Entertainment Lineup


June 22 | De Hurricane Reggae Band | Reggae

De Hurricane Reggae Band, holds the Chicago Music Award for Best Reggae Entertainer in 2018. Get ready to experience a true Caribbean vibe, a total party package with reggae, soca, calypso, a little jazz and blues and a taste of a real island culture and sound from De Hurricane.


SkylinerswithTextJune 29 | The Chicago Skyliners Big Band | Jazz Swing

The Chicago Skyliners Big Band was formed in 1988 for the purpose of prolonging the musical memory of the Big Band Era. Blue Birdland Jazz recording artists, the Band features the music of Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Sammy Nestico, Stan Kenton, and Maynard Ferguson to name a few. A house band at FitzGeralds Night Club in Berwyn since 1991, The Chicago Skyliners Big Band following has grown to become one of the top Big Bands in Chicagoland.


July 6 | The North 41 | Chicago's Finest Funk

Back by popular demand and one of Chicago’s hottest up-and-coming bands The North 41 brings the heat when it comes to live performance. The group has an irresistible funk and groove that surely cannot go unnoticed. The band has supported major names such as The Main Squeeze, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow seekers and has a major year ahead including a headlining festival performance at Summer Camp Music Festival.


July 13 | Mason Rivers | Country

A high-energy country band that covers the best of today’s country music as well as your favorite classics, Mason Rivers was formed from some of the finest musical talent in the Chicagoland area. Strong male and female lead vocalists and a rich diversity of musical background and skill result in an exciting sound that’s bigger than country, stronger than rock.

Kaleidoscope_EyesJuly 20 | Kaleidoscope Eyes | Acoustic Beatles Tribute

Kaleidoscope Eyes pays homage to the band that’s the official soundtrack of generations of families. Come see and hear why audiences across Chicagoland are raving about this captivating, crowd-engaging band! There’s a reason why they’re Chicago’s best and most fun lovin’ acoustic Beatles tribute band!


July 27 | Rico | Santana Inspired 

Always a favorite at Independence Grove concerts, Rico’s hypnotic blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms is heavily influenced by the sound and spirit of Santana. The band creates a fiery soulful sound through bass, congas, percussion, drums, timbales, keyboards and guitar, all played with pure passion.


August 3 | Adam Ezra Group | Roots Rock

An Adam Ezra Group performance is a one-of-a-kind, community-driven experience, propelled by the spirit of the audience.  Hailing from Boston, AEG's unconventional approach to the music world has allowed them to emerge as one of the most uniquely powerful, underground live music experiences in the country. The past year has brought AEG opening features with The Wallflowers, Galactic, John Oates, The Wailers, Southside Johnny, Graham Parker, and America, as well as headlining tours supporting their 19th album release and the latest in a series of enhanced, remixed, live albums.


Beer Garden at Independence Grove

We're excited to announce the opening of the new outdoor Beer Garden at Independence Grove. The Beer Garden features a variety of local craft brews on tap, along with packaged snacks and other beverages. 


  • Friday–Sunday from 1 pm to half-hour before sunset (unless otherwise posted).
  • The Beer Garden will also be open Tuesday nights for Concerts in the Plaza.
  • Hours are weather contingent.

View the Beer Garden Menu



Thursday, June 24 | John Primer | Chicago Blues

We’ve added a new concert location this summer. This live outdoor musical performance begins at 7:30 pm in the outdoor amphitheater at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago.

 “The Real Deal” Chicago blues man brings to the stage 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. In June, John Primer performs at the Chicago Blues Festival and is headlining at Buddy Guy’s Legends—then he comes to our own Greenbelt Cultural Center.

Bring chairs and blankets. Arrive early as parking is limited; cars are turned away when parking is full. To help offset our cost to host this quality concert, there is vehicle entrance fee of $10. All entrance fees are nonrefundable. No rain date. Pack a picnic, or food and soft drinks available for purchase from Delights by Angela.


For concert updates, view map here or call 847-968-3477.