Festival

Aug 11th & 12th

Thirsty ears 2018

ACM is proud to present the third annual Thirsty Ears Festival: Chicago’s only classical music street festival!

For two days Wilson street between Hermitage and Ravenswood will be closed to feature fifteen stellar ensembles and soloists performing music from Beethoven to Shostakovich to Reich and everything in between on the main stage.

We’ll also have delicious beer from Empirical Brewing, vendor booths, kid-friendly activities, and food trucks on both days.

$10 suggested donation, all proceeds support the ACM School of Music, a non-profit organization.

  Hours

Saturday, August 11th – 1pm to 11pm

Sunday, August 12th – 1pm to 9pm

  Location

1758 W. Wilson Ave.

Parking is limited to street parking 

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