Great Music for Busy Lives.

Since its inception in 2000, Rush Hour Concerts has created a musical culture in Chicago informed by the demands of contemporary lifestyles, bold in its reach across all communities, and grounded in its mission of free arts programs for everyone.

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Summer Concert Series

Now celebrating seventeen years of weekly, free, world-class music making at St. James Cathedral!

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Make Music Chicago

The annual daylong, citywide musical free-for-all for all ages and musical genres


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News & Events

Jun 6
June 6th: “How Do You Do?”
Haydn: String Quartet Op. 33, No. 5 Dan Visconti: Black Bend featuring…
Jun 13
June 13th: Audience Choice
Repertoire: Audience Choice Brant Taylor, cello Kuang-Hao Huang, piano
Exciting News from Rush Hour Concerts and International Music Foundation
Two of Chicago's premiere classical music presenters have merged under one flagship…
September Newsletter
It is gratifying to look back on a full summer of music,…
July 2016 Newsletter
Summer Concert Series The Summer Concert Series opened June 7, with Leos…
Remembering Deborah Sobol — Anthony Devroye
“It is hard to believe that a year has passed since the…