Chicago SummerDance


June 27 – September 15 (Thur., Fri., Sat. & Sun.)  Grant Park, Spirit of Music GardenFor eleven weeks each summer, the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. The series offers an introductory one-hour dance lesson by professional instructors followed by two hours of live music and dancing.

Taste of Chicago


July 10-14 Grant ParkTaste of Chicago is the nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family.

Chicago Air and Water Show


August 17 & 18 North Avenue BeachThe Chicago Air & Water Show is the largest spectator event in the United States and the longest ongoing show of its kind in North America.

Chicago Jazz Festival


August 29 -September 1 Cultural Center, Millennium Park & Grant ParkThe longest running of the city’s lakefront music festivals. For the past 35 year’s, the Chicago Jazz Festival has been a Labor Day weekend tradition.

World Music Festival


September 12-22 Multiple VenuesThis city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has  attracted over 600,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 600 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999. 

Chicago Music Summit

September 20 Chicago Cultural Center and multiple venues  throughout the CityThe Chicago Music Summit is a NEW program presented by the Department of Cultural  Affairs and Special Events to shine a spotlight on Chicago’s vibrant  music scene and connects musicians and entrepreneurs with local, national, and  international industry professionals. Featuring panels, networking events, and concerts, the  Chicago Music Summit provides free professional development and showcase opportunities for professionals working in all sectors and genres.

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