Help Support Our Summer Concerts!

Concert donations can be mailed to:
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Park Ridge Fine Arts Society

P.O. Box 89A Park Ridge, IL 60068

Park Ridge Fine Arts Society

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Thank so much to the Park Ridge Community Women, who helped raise over $2,000 by selling raffle tickets for 3 gift baskets with great gifts at our 7/11 concert.  Congratulations to the winners, The Poindexter Family, The Brown Family and L Fleischman.  L Fleischman has graciously re-donated her basket to our upcoming 7/25 fundraising festivities.  See below for more information.
 PRCW Basket 1  PRCW Basket 2  PRCW Basket 3,

Join us next week Friday, July 25, 2014

for Brian Patti and his Chicago Big Band!!!

Are you up to the challenge?  

Help us raise up to $10,000 to support future symphony concerts for our community and families.  Right now, we can only afford 4 symphony concerts.  Let’s raise another $10,000 and have 5 symphony concerts.

                    • Make a donation

                    • Buy a burger from Mayor Schmidt

                    • Register online or provide your email 7/25 for chance at gift basket.

If you enjoy listening to Barbara Schubert and the Park Ridge Symphony Orchestra, then pitch in when our board members come around for donations.  We need your support to keep symphony concerts thriving for our community and families!!!

Mayor David Schmidt will be grilling food during the Brian Patti Concert on 7/25.  Since PRPD will not be selling food 7/25, this food will be greatly appreciated.  Food will be sold during all the other concerts 7/18, 8/1 and 8/8.

Thanks Chief Bob Szkwarek and thanks to the Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses for sponsoring our June 27th “Heroes Through the Ages” concert.  $3,000 was distributed from their Christmas Tree sale proceeds and greatly needed by our organization to continue our symphony concerts. 

 Bob Szkwarek and PRIS members at Concerts in the Park

Bob Szkwarek and PRIS members at Concerts in the Park


 The Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses

We are all looking forward to a warm 2014 Friday night concert in the park.  Go to our Events Calendar for our 2014 schedule.  The 2014 season will last June 20th through August 8th with 4 orchestral concerts, Brian Patti July 25th, and music provided by PRPD July 3, August 1 and August 8th.  We will be listing donations over $50 in our summer booklet, so take the opportunity to show your support!!!

***Park Ridge Park District will be selling food for the convenience of our patrons and families.  Spuntino’s pizza and hot dogs from vending truck.  You can buy something in the park, take a break from cooking and just enjoy the evening.  (Except 7/11 Taste of PR and 7/25 Brian Patti Concert).

Hope you’ve enjoyed our Hodges Park Concerts in the Park.  PRFAS will diligently continue our fundraising efforts to ensure the future of our Summer Concerts.  This continues as a gift to our community and a labor of love for our board members, but we need your help.  Make a donation and let us know of any organizations willing to sponsor and support our concerts.  Email us at  See below to see how $81,000 was spent for the 2011 concert season. 

Thanks to the Park Ridge Community Women for supporting our concerts.  Come by and visit with the PRCW families Friday July 11th.  They are also coordinating a gift basket raffle for us again this year Friday, July 11, 2014.  Buy a ticket for $3 or 5 tickets for $10 and help ensure Concerts in the Park for the coming year. 

Park Ridge Community Women Raffle
Marlene A, Bridget B. Emily Kosaka
Lan E., Kimberly W.

Our board members and our kids had great fun passing out bookmarks at the 2014 Memorial Day parade. 

2014 Memorial.Day.Parade

Here is how $81,000 was spent for 2011.  It averages about $10,000 per orchestral concert.  Due to reduced funding, we’ve mitigated to 4 orchestral concerts for 2014. 

  1. 1.  $57,000, or 70% of the total, for the 50 piece orchestra, which is made up of the finest free-lance professional musicians in the Chicago area.
  2. 2.  $14,000, or 17% of the total, for the sound system.
  3. 3.  $6,000, or 8% of the total, for music, licenses, printing, insurance and other expenses.
  4. 4.  $4,000, or 5% of the total, added to reserves.
  5. 5.  Nil for the board members since we are all volunteers.
  6. 6.  Resources and facilities provided by PRPD and the City of Park Ridge.

Funding Sources

2011 Donations Pie Chart

$81,000 Concert Expenses

2011 Expense Allocation Chart

Weather Alert Protocol!!!  Join us at 8pm to see if the weather allows the musicians to play and for us to proceed.  We don’t know till then.  Scroll below or see event calendar for 2014 concert schedule.  

We thank the Park Ridge Park District and the City of Park Ridge for use of their resources and facilities.  We are a Park Ridge 501 C (3) not for profit organization whose board members solicit donations and work to make the concerts possible as a labor of love, but funding by sponsors and organizations continue to diminish.  We would appreciate help with sponsorship and donations.  Let us know if there are any organizations willing to sponsor a concert or make a donation and we will contact them.  Our email is  Please make a donation below if you’d like to be listed as donor.  We list all donations $50 and over.  Donations June 2013 to June 2014 will be listed in our 2014 booklet




 You can help support the continuation of our concerts by making a   donation, sponsoring a concert or a page in our 2014 ad booklet or   participating in our November 2014 benefit.  See our advertisers section for contact information.

 If you are a business in Park Ridge and would like to support the concerts and our audience of thousands by advertising in our booklet or weekly flyer, go to Advertisers Page and see our pricing and call one of the board members if any questions.   



Providing Free Concerts In Park Ridge

Concerts in the Park Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony Summer 2014 – Our 54th Year!

Barbara Schubert, Music Director and Conductor

  • Four orchestral concerts June 20, 2014 to July 18, 2014 by Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony, a 50-piece ensemble of the finest free-lance professional musicians in the Chicago area.
  • Brian Patti Big Band – July 25th in Hodges Park.
  • Bands sponsored by PRPD July 3rd, August 1st and August 8th.  All concerts are at 8 pm in Hodges Park, in front of Park Ridge City Hall, except July 3rd Fireworks at Maine East HS.

Help Support Our Summer Concerts!

Concert donations can be mailed to:
Park Ridge, IL 60068