Summer concert series returns to Downers Grove with modifications

  • The Summer Concert Series provides entertainment on Tuesday evenings all summer long in the heart of downtown Downers Grove.

    The Summer Concert Series provides entertainment on Tuesday evenings all summer long in the heart of downtown Downers Grove. Courtesy of Danielle Strohmier

Updated 5/7/2021 8:55 PM

The Downers Grove Park District recently announced the return of the Summer Concert Series in 2021.

The 13-week concert series will bring free live music to Downers Grove on Tuesday evenings from May 25 through Aug. 17.


The family-friendly concerts will be held at Veterans Memorial Pavilion in Fishel Park, 1036 Grove St. just west of Main Street.

Admission is free, but advanced tickets are required for entry to meet capacity requirements. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Food, beer and wine sales will begin at 6 p.m.

The 2021 Summer Concert Series is presented by The Eric Hamilton Team at Guaranteed Rate.

Advanced tickets are required and will be available online at 5 p.m. one week prior to each concert date. Online tickets for the May 25 concert will be available at 5 p.m. beginning May 18.

For those who want to enjoy the event from the comfort of their own home, the concerts will be live streamed on the Downers Grove Park District's YouTube channel. For information about tickets, live streaming and more, visit

Darby Beasley, community events and sponsorship specialist, says that the concerts will look a little different this year. Masks will be required while not seated and guests will be asked to socially distance from non-household individuals. As the park district navigates evolving state guidelines as a result of the pandemic, the format and safety guidelines at the Summer Concert Series may change throughout the summer.

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"The Downers Grove Park District has reformatted the 2021 Summer Concert Series to meet state guidelines and capacity requirements to safely offer this event to the community," Beasley said. "While tickets will be limited for in-person viewing of the concerts, we are excited to offer a virtual option with live streaming through our YouTube channel."

Adult beverages will be available to visitors, ages 21 or older, for $6 (ID required). Water will be available for $2 a bottle. Beer options will include Stella Artois, Bell's Two Hearted Ale and Alter Center Line. Wine and alcoholic coolers include Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio in addition to White Claw Hard Seltzer and Seagram's Jamaican Me Happy. Returning food vendors will include Sarpino's Pizzeria, Every Day's a Sundae and Well's Street Popcorn.

The 2021 lineup will feature rock, country, blues and oldies from local tribute and cover bands.

• May 25: The Wayouts

• June 1: Good Clean Fun

• June 8: Mason Rivers Band

• June 15: The Blooze Brothers

• June 22: Brass from the Past

• June 29: Petty Cash

• July 6: Generation


• July 13: Hello Weekend

• July 20: Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute

• July 27: The Beatelles

• Aug. 3: Sushi Roll

• Aug. 10: Chicago Tribute Anthology

• Aug. 17: Rosie and the Rivets

The Summer Concert Series runs rain or shine, however, for severe weather updates and concert information, visit

The series is hosted by the Downers Grove Park District and presented by The Eric Hamilton Team at Guaranteed Rate.

Eric Hamilton, senior vice president of mortgage lending, has generously donated additional sponsorships for local businesses. These concert sponsors include Alfredo's Taqueria, Berto's Deli & Pasta Shoppe and Happy Dog Barkery.

"We are very excited to be the title sponsor for this year's Summer Concert Series. We are even more excited to be showcasing one small business in town to be the co-sponsor each and every week. We will pay all costs for this business as a way to give back to the community," Hamilton said. "Our goal is to highlight local small businesses that have been affected by the pandemic. We want to bring as much support and recognition to the businesses as we can."

If there are small businesses in Downers Grove that would like to participate as a weekly sponsor for the Concert Series and benefit from this recognition and exposure, please contact Tara Alfano at The Eric Hamilton Team at

Several complimentary opportunities are still available!

About Downers Grove Park District

The Downers Grove Park District enriches our community through natural area preservation and exceptional recreation, parks, and facilities that inspire memorable experiences. With almost 600 acres of parks and facilities, there are thousands of opportunities for individuals of all ages and interests to grow, play, imagine and explore. Learn more at

About The Eric Hamilton Team at Guaranteed Rate

The Eric Hamilton Team prides itself on being honest, transparent, and laser-focused on the customer service experience. Eric and his team are available 7 days a week from 7am until 11pm to ensure his customers and lead sources have access to him and his team. Eric's online platform not only improves the customer experience, but also provides transparency and simplicity to a difficult process. However, this technology does not replace face-to-face meetings and consistent phone communication with his team; it simply improves efficiency and requires less work for each customer. Give Eric the opportunity to prove to you why so many people entrust my team with providing their mortgage.