• Kimberly Fornek

Hinsdale's Uniquely Thursdays concerts this summer will feature The Millennials and more food ch

A Uniquely Thursdays Event

A Uniquely Thursdays concert in June 2015. (Jon Langham / Pioneer Press)

With warmer weather approaching, it's time to look ahead to what the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce has in store for the Uniquely Thursdays concerts this year.

The free music series begins June 14 with Hello Weekend performing the latest hits. The four-member group is new to Hinsdale's summer concert series, but has performed at the House of Blues in Chicago and Durty Nellies in Palatine.

"They reached out to me on Facebook," said Claudia Thornton, the chamber's marketing director, who said a co-worker recommended them as a group that draws a big crowd and is a lot of fun.

The following week, June 21, a band intended to appeal to the younger generation, The Millennials, will take the stage.

The members are all high school and college age and started playing together at the School of Rock in Hinsdale, Thornton said. On their website, the group says its musical influences range from Amy Winehouse to The Who.

Thornton said the intent is to jazz it up a bit and pique the interest of new people, so the concerts will draw more foot traffic.

Following Hello Weekend and The Millennials, the schedule continues with Paparockzzi on June 28, the band 1976 on July 5, Semple Band on July 12, One Hot Mess on July 19, Recycle the Day on July 26, Run Forrest Run, on Aug. 2, Ear Candy on Aug. 9 and 7th Heaven, on the final night, Aug. 16.

The chamber also has added more food choices at the concerts, after hearing from past attendees that they would like a wider variety of vendors. Three new food trucks have been booked to join last year's food booths serving pizza, Mexican food and crab cakes.

Toasty Cheese will sell paninis and specialty fries, the Best Truckin' BBQ will sell beef brisket, pulled pork and chicken sandwiches, and Piko Street Kitchen will serve Asian fusion cuisine on buns, tortillas and in bowls.

The concerts are held Thursday evenings, weather permitting, in Burlington Park, at 30 E. Chicago Ave.


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