When it comes to sounds downtown, the City of Chicago's menu of free-to-the-public music festivals and concerts has been something to be touted as both a sign of our voracious appetite for music culture and evidence of our informed staff of cultural programmers. Critics may have sometimes nitpicked here and there, but largely the city's music-savvy population has enjoyed the city's programming with a kind of lucky grin on its face. These days, the future is not so bright, so the mood is more one of lower expectations. It seems apropos to take a look back at the year in music via the city's free festivals. Don't be bashful, comment below if there's something we forgot to include and we'll see what we can do.