Join us on May 1, 6-8 pm, for CMC's 2023 Spring Fundraiser, benefiting the organization’s free concert access tradition. Taking place at the beautiful Union League Club of Chicago, the evening offers a special opportunity to celebrate CMC’s historically free-to-the-public music programs in a breathtaking venue filled with arresting works of art while experiencing a one-of-a-kind performance from today’s generation of not-to-be-missed musicians. Tickets: $125.

Rush Hour Concerts

Now a beloved Summer tradition, the series brings free, world- class chamber music to Chicago, on Tuesdays, June through August during the evening rush hour at St James Cathedral.

Rush Hour Concerts

When: Tuesdays June - August, 5:45 - 6:30 pm
Where: St. James Cathedral – 65 E Huron Street, Chicago
Cost: Free
Make summer nights classic with concerts featuring Chicago’s best classical musicians and ensembles. Founded by Deborah Sobol in 2000, Rush Hour Concerts are the perfect way to relax after a workday and soak up some beautiful music in a short but lovely format. The best ensembles in the city perform programs designed to enliven commuters and make the most of summer. Each concert is live streamed through the CMC website and excerpted performances are often broadcast on 98.7 WFMT radio.

“Rush Hour Concerts are a treat every summer. We look forward to going to St James every Tuesday evening for a wonderful 45 minutes of beautiful music in that lovely and welcoming setting.”

- Joyce and Richard Prince, Classical Music Chicago generous supporters

Thank you to our supporters

Rush Hour Concerts are presented in partnership with St. James Cathedral.

Rush Hour Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Zell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency and contributions from individual donors.

Upcoming Performances

Do-It-Yourself Messiah

The program that started it all, the Do-It-Yourself Messiah is an event lovers of classical music look forward to every year.
Do-It-Yourself Messiah

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