CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE

Join in the fun with live music & free dance lessons in Grant Park!
12 weeks. 43 live bands. And a restored 4,900 square foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor. Come out to Grant Park from June 24 to September 11, 2016 for dancing and FREE instructional lessons, or simply sit back and enjoy the music.

The 20th Annual Chicago SummerDance is a summertime favorite. The Spirit of Music Garden blossoms into an open-air dance space, with people of all ages learning everything from Swing and Cha-Cha to Steppin' and West African Dance.

Check out the schedule below and bring your dancing shoes! Chicago SummerDance takes place every Friday to Sunday evening each week in Grant Park, as well as on select dates in neighborhood parks citywide for SummerDance In The Parks.

SUMMERDANCE SCHEDULE

June 2016

Location: Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.)
  • Fridays: Dance Lessons 6:00–7:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 7:30–9:30 pm
  • Saturdays: Dance Lessons 6:00–7:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 7:30–9:30 pm
  • Sundays: Dance Lessons 4:00–5:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 5:00–7:00 pm
Chicago SummerDance kicks off with a month of free music and dance in June that includes Swing, Salsa, Tango and Milonga.

 

July 2016

Location: Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.)
  • Fridays: Dance Lessons 6:00–7:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 7:30–9:30 pm
  • Saturdays: Dance Lessons 6:00–7:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 7:30–9:30 pm
  • Sundays: Dance Lessons 4:00–5:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing: 5:00–7:00 pm
Chicago SummerDance continues into July with a full month of outdoor dancing. Highlights include House, Steppin', Country, Salsa, West African Dance, Zydeco, Bollywood and Swing.
 

August 2016

Location: Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.)
  • Fridays: Dance Lessons 6:00–7:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 7:30–9:30 pm
  • Saturdays: Dance Lessons 6:00–7:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 7:30–9:30 pm
  • Sundays: Dance Lessons 4:00–5:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 5:00–7:00 pm
The month of August brings even more variety to Chicago SummerDance. Don't miss A Purple Party: Tribute to Prince on August 20. And add to the mix Ballroom and Big Band, Tamburitza Music and Dance, Mexicon Son and more.

September 2016

Location: Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.)
  • Fridays: Dance Lessons 6:00–7:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 7:30–9:30 pm
  • Saturdays: Dance Lessons 6:00–7:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 7:30–9:30 pm
  • Sundays: Dance Lessons 4:00–5:00pm | Live Music & Dancing 5:00–7:00 pm
The month of September brings the close of Chicago SummerDance but not without a series of great music and dance lineups that include House, Swing, Contra and Square Dance, Salsa and Bhangra.

 

SUMMERDANCE IN THE PARKS

Thursdays & Saturdays, July 9 - September 8

Location: Varies each week
  • Thursdays: Dance Lessons 6:00–7:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 7:00–9:00 pm
  • Saturdays: Dance Lessons 3:00–4:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 4:00–6:00 pm
The fun travels from downtown Grant Park and sets up in Chicago's neighborhoods every Thursday and select Saturdays this summer. From Chicago style Steppin' to Salsa, Bachata and Mambo — get dancing with SummerDance In The Parks!

 
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Chicago SummerDance is programmed by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) at the City of Chicago. DCASE is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality through free and affordable events and programs.
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