The Anthem performs classic rock songs during the Music on Grand in downtown Brookfield last year. (Alex Rogals/Staff Photographer)

Music on Grand Boulevard, born in 2020 as a way to bring diners back to  Brookfield’s downtown restaurants and bars in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, returns for a third straight year along the 3700 block of Grand Boulevard this weekend.

The block will be closed to all vehicular traffic from Fairview Avenue north to the midblock bump-out on the last weekend of each month from June through September. Tables and chairs will be set up in designated areas for each restaurant and bar in that stretch of the block, with an open corridor for pedestrians down the center of Grand Boulevard.

The street will be closed from early on Friday until early Monday morning, and a north-facing stage will be erected at the south end of the block between Sebastian’s Ale & Whiskey House and Brookfield Breakfast.

While patrons can enjoy the expanded outdoor dining all three days, the live entertainment will be limited to Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. 

Brookfield Parks and Recreation Director Stevie Ferrari said local talent will be onstage between noon and 5:30 p.m. and that there are still open time slots each month. Anyone interested in filling a slot can call her at 708-485-1527 or email at sferrari@brookfieldil.gov.

Two headliners will perform at each of the Saturday night events. On June 25, opening at 6 p.m. will be the band Serendipity, playing covers from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. Taking the stage at 8:30 p.m. will be Starlight City, bringing a high-energy mix of top 40 and hits from the ’80s and ’90s, from Lady Gaga to Elton John.

Those coming for the music only are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets and pick a spot closer to the stage.