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Feel the Pulse of Chicago's Creative Community at MCA's Prime Time: Ascend, Featuring Live Music + Art + Food

MCA Prime Time

If you think Chicago music is just about Kanye and R. Kelly, then you should check out the Museum of Contemporary Art's Prime Time after-hours series, which explores the pulse of the city's creative community. The interactive program features live music, performance art and film screenings for evenings of cultural highlights and discourse.


A Chicago Music Weekend with AAHH! Fest & Hyde Park Jazz Fest

Common at AAHH! Fest Chicago

Music fans will have a busy weekend soaking up live sounds at Common's hip hop event AAHH! Fest and at the Hyde Park Jazz Fest running through Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25. Although both fests feature popular mucisicans from across the country, homegrown talent is also a highlight.


Chicago Jazz Festival: Come out this Labor Day Weekend for the FREE Favorite Holiday Event

Chicago Jazz Festival 

In a city known for many musical genres, jazz looms large in the cultural landscape of Chicago. In the 1920s, musicians like Louis Armstrong and Earl "Fatha" Hines came to Bronzeville to ply their trade in the packed nightclubs up and down South State Street. Since that time, hundreds of musicians have come to test their mettle with fellow performers at dozens of different venues, including the Green Mill, the Jazz Showcase, and the


Catch The Next Generation of Blues Stars at Young Men of Chicago Blues Show, August 13

McDowell Bros

If you think that blues musicians are all ranked in the senior citizen category, head to the Chicago Blues Productions show, Young Men of Chicago Blues to discover the reality of this thriving scene. The showcase features a dynamic group of millennial performers that have absorbed Chicago blues and play their own contemporary versions.  A second installment in a series that celebrated blues women last year, Saturday's show August 13 at Noble's Square's Vittum Theater presents


Hear Reggae Icons Live at the Inaugural Reggae Fest Chicago

Lee Scratch Reggae Fest

Explore the variations of reggae music, including ska, rock steady and reggaeton at the first annual Reggae Fest Chicago, Saturday August 13 in Pilsen's Adams Medill Park. The one day event highlights a line-up packed with reggae musicians and headlined by icons Toots & The Maytals and Lee "Scratch" Perry.


Explore The Great Migration with a Day of Music on July 23

migration blues

The Centennial Celebration of the Great Migration continues with an exploration of the musical history that developed as a result of the historic migration of African Americans from the South to northern cities, especially Chicago. The cultural impact of the blues and jazz genres, which expanded on major levels due to The Great Migration, will be celebrated with two events on Saturday, July 23.


FREE Live African Music with King Sunny Ade & Ugochi: Millennium Park, July 18

king sunny ade

As one of the most influential musicians in Africa, King Sunny Ade attracts fans from all over the world who thrill at the infectious sound of polyrhythmic music called Juju. Dubbed the "Minister of Enjoyment," his shows with his 20-30 member band, the African Beats, produce a hypnotic spectacle of color and rhythm that should not be missed. After a disappointing cancellation last year because of global Visa issues, Ade will return to Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion on


Taste of Chicago July 6-10: Breaking Down the 5-Day Mega Fest by the Numbers

Taste of Chicago
Get a true taste of Chicago in Grant Park July 6 - 10. Enjoy a variety of food, lively music and the scenic lakefront at this free, five-day festival. Sample Chicago's diverse dining scene with 69 vendors made up of the city's top restaurants and chefs. Although the opportunities for fun at the 36th annual Taste of Chicago are countless, here's a few highlights of the festivities by the numbers:


6 Picks for (Totally FREE!) Summer Fun in Chicago

Aerial Grant Park
Chicago shines in the summertime. There are so many things to see and do — many of which don't cost a dime! From a day at the beach to a yoga class on the pavilion, here are six (totally FREE!) things to see and do this summer in Chicago!


Enjoy Free Music in the Grass at the Grant Park Music Festival

Millenium Park Grant Park Music FestivalSummer in Chicago is defined by outdoor festivals and none are more beloved than the annual Grant Park Music Festival. Located in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, the fest is the country's only outdoor, free classical music series of its kind. A Chicago summer staple since 1935, the three-month long festival hosts a broad range of classical musicians.


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