The Jay Pritzker Pavilion, located in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago, brings together two of my loves - architecture and music. The bandshell was designed by Frank Gehry and opened in July 2004. It has two distinct parts, the first being the pavilion itself, which is a signature Gehry stainless steel sculpture. The second is the vast lawn, with an elaborate trellis system above that incorporates the sound system. I have seen quite a few concerts from the lawn (notably Ryan Adams, Band of Horses and My Morning Jacket) and I can attest first hand that the acoustics are outstanding. The quality of sound is more impressive than at most indoor venues. There is nothing quite like spending a warm, summer Chicago evening, laying in the grass and looking up at the skyline above while listening to talented musicians. In addition to being a magnificent piece of architectural sculpture, the Pritzker Pavilion is also an incredible venue.
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