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Andrew Morrell

Andrew is a writer and bassline enthusiast living in Chicago. In his spare time, he likes to explore the city and recite entire Wu-Tang albums from memory, sometimes all at once. Follow him on Twitter @essentialmixrdp.


Summer Concert Series at John Hancock Center Plaza Hosts Local and National Talent

John Hancock Summer Concert Series - Julian Bell

It seems like during Chicago summers, there is always a free concert within walking distance. Now you can add another to your list with the Summer Concert Series at John Hancock Center Plaza, presented by Music Dealers and HEARN. The shows take place every Thursday through September 10 from 5-7 p.m., and are free for all to enjoy at the foot of one of Chicago's greatest landmarks.

Chicago SummerDance June and July Highlights


Of the many arts and culture activities Chicago has to offer during the summer, few are as unique and exciting as Chicago SummerDance. Running June 26-September 13 in Grant Park's Spirit of Music Garden, SummerDance combines a basic dance workshop with a live music performance, making for the perfect night out. If you've always wanted to learn swing, mambo, salsa or any other traditional dance style, you'll have an amazing (and free!) opportunity

Chicago's 'Iron Heart' on Display at CTA Stations June 10-17


Your evening commute during the second and third week of June just got more interesting. Thanks to the Old Town School of Folk Music, a host of traditional musicians will descend upon 40 different CTA stations around the city, playing music that represents the patchwork of international communities around Chicago.

Picnic Pairing Guide for Downtown Series in Millennium Park

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Chicago summers are so amazing, people actually look forward to Mondays, and not just because of the warm weather. On Mondays and Thursdays, you can catch a free concert downtown in Millennium Park as part of the Downtown Sound series. The concerts, which take place at Pritzker Pavilion, feature an eclectic mix of  musicians from Chicago and around the world.

And while you can arrive early and grab a seat

The Best Upcoming Jazz Shows in Chicago

Esperanza Spalding

Chicago has made a name for itself as the forefront of jazz since the 1920s, and with world-class musicians filling seats in clubs and theaters every night, things aren't much different today. Get a taste of the action at one of these upcoming shows.

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