Best of Chicago free festivals 2010: Photo gallery
A visual reminder of the varied sonic feasts we've come to rely on downtown
1/25Photograph: Will RicePassion Pit at Taste of Chicago.
2/25Photograph: Will RicePassion Pit at Taste of Chicago.
3/25Photograph: Will RicePassion Pit at Taste of Chicago.
4/25Photograph: Dana Loftus
5/25Photos By Bekki Y. WasmuthChicago Blues Fest 2010
6/25Photos By Bekki Y. WasmuthChicago Blues Fest 2010
7/25Photos By Bekki Y. WasmuthChicago Blues Fest 2010
8/25Photograph: Max HermanBhangratheque, World Music Festival
9/25Photograph: Will RiceCaribou at Downtown Sound
10/25Photograph: Will RiceCaribou at Downtown Sound
11/25Photograph: Will RiceBudos Band at Downtown Sound
12/25Photograph: Will RiceBudos Band at Downtown Sound
13/25Photograph: Nick FoliCorn kid, Taste of Chicago
14/25PHOTO: Nick Foli
17/25Photograph: Chandler WestKid Sister at Downtown Sound
18/25Photograph: Dana LoftusShe & Him at Downtown Sound
19/25Photograph: Dana LoftusShe & Him at Downtown Sound
20/25Photograph: Dana LoftusShe & Him at Downtown Sound
21/25Photograph: Max HermanThe Flashbulb at Sonar Chicago
22/25Photograph: Max HermanMartyn at Sonar
23/25Photograph: Max HermanNosaj Thing at Sonar
24/25Photograph: Max HermanLa Chambre des Machines at Sonar
25/25Photograph: Max HermanNaomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens
By John Dugan|
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.