Outdoor Classical Concerts, Courtesy of the MacArthur Foundation

The Grant Park Music Festival is the largest free summer classical music series in the country. Charitable contributions by major philanthropic leaders like The MacArthur Foundation make these festivals more successful every year. The MacArthur Foundation awarded $262,500 to the Grant Park Orchestral Association and Music Festival to use between 2010 and 2013. These funds are indicative of MacArthur’s continued support for the festival’s ten-week summer seasons, which are all free and open to the public.