FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island History

FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island is one of the most unique venues in the United States. Located on the man-made peninsula of Northerly Island just outside of Chicago, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion has earned the nickname The Venue with a View because patrons get excellent views of the Chicago skyline, Soldier Field, Burnahm Harbor, and Lake Michigan. The venue first opened in 2005 and operates seasonally from the end of May through September. If you are hoping to see a concert in one of the most beautiful and state of the art venues in the Windy City be sure to head out to FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island this summer.

FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island Events

Many of the best performers in the world of music take the stage at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island when they come to Chicago. This year there are some really exciting acts coming to FirstMerit Bank Pavilion including Jack Johnson, Styx, Foreigner, Panic at the Disco, and the Dave Matthews Band who will play back to back nights on July 4th and 5th. The first concert at the venue was by Earth, Wind, and Fire and the first concert after the 2013 expansion was by Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band.

Chicago, Illinois

People in the Windy City never face a shortage of things to do. Sports fans can watch the Chicago Bulls of the NBA, the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL, the Chicago Bears of the NFL, or MLB's White Sox or Cubs. Additionally there are several local colleges who have top tier NCAA match ups throughout the year. Of course, Chicago is also known for its vibrant art scene whether it is plays and musicals at theaters like the Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre or the burgeoning music scene that produces world class jazz, hip hop, and alternative rock. Each summer major rock festivals Lollapalooza and Pitchfork Music Festival are held in the Windy City, and there are plenty of museums and public works of art to enjoy including the Chicago Picasso. Shopping on State Street and the Magnificent Mile offers visitors the chance to buy upscale clothes and other items before heading home.

FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island Seating Layout

In 2013 FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island underwent a major renovation and expansion that saw its seating capacity increased from 8,000 to 30,000, allowing the venue to bring in even bigger acts. Despite more than tripling the seating at the venue FirstMerit Bank Pavilion remains an incredible place to catch a show and surprisingly intimate.


FirstMerit Bank Pavilion is located on the former site of Meigs Field, an airstrip that was destroyed after Mayor Richard Daley felt that its proximity to, and view of, the Chicago skyline was unsafe in light of the September 11th attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. The FAA fined Chicago for the destruction because outside of the mayor, no other state or federal officals were consulted regarding the air field's destruction.

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