Beethoven In Millenium Park: Location, Location, Location

If you love great music, then you could listen to an orchestra perform Beethoven in a small, dark basement room and still come away inspired.

But on Saturday, a beautiful night that itself was sweet relief from this summer's record heat, I had the pleasure of sitting on the lawn of Millenium Park's Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion with Barb and friends... eating a delicious picnic... then watching the Grant Park Festival Orchestra playing Beethoven's 5th at a free concert while I gazed up at the stars and some of Chicago's most distinctive skyscrapers.

Every once in a while, you have a moment that is just about near perfect. This was one of those moments.

Here are some photos from the evening out. If you're interested in your own outdoor summer music experience, there are free concerts in Millenium Park right through late August.

The Jay Pritzker pavilion...

Jay Pritzker pavilion, Chicago Millenium Park

An unusual line of lacy clouds over the skyscrapers...

Lacy clouds over Chicago Millenium Park

The diamond shape at the top of the Smurfit Stone building on Michigan Avenue stands out on Chicago's skyline. The building on the left is The Heritage at Millenium Park...

Chicago's Smurfit Stone building

The spire-topped Two Prudential Plaza...

Two Prudential Plaza Chicago

The 41-story Prudential building was the tallest building constructed in Chicago during the 1950s. It now ranks as just the 42nd tallest building in Chicago.

Prudential Building Chicago

The 83-story Aon building, which now looms over the Prudential, is the city's 3rd-tallest, behind the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower and the Trump International Hotel and Tower...

Aon Center Chicago

The orchestra takes its bow after a brilliant turn on Beethoven's 5th...

Grant Park Festival Orchestra Chicago

Good night, Chicago.

Moon over Chicago

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