Update: The 2020 Chicago Gospel Music Festival has been canceled to prevent further spread of COVID-19. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2021.

Gospel music has deep roots in Chicago. The city helped transform the genre, propelling it onto a world stage. The Chicago Gospel Music Festival keeps that tradition alive against the mesmerizing backdrop of Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. The festival explores the depth of this music genre, spanning traditional and contemporary, lively choral groups, extraordinary vocalists, dynamic duos, and more.

This annual event is free and family-friendly, so settle in for some powerful performances. Check out 2019’s schedule.

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Friday, May 31

Chicago Cultural Center: Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
Noon – 12:20 p.m.                   Dave Martin & GSM
12:25 – 12:45 p.m.                    Mechelé Burtley
12:50 – 1:10 p.m.                      The Bournés
1:15 – 1:35 p.m.                         Delagraentiss
1:40 – 1:50 p.m.                       Angel Sharkey
1:55 – 2:15 p.m.                        Providence St. Mel School Choir
2:20 – 2:45 p.m.                      Leanne Faine & Favor
2:55 – 3:20 p.m.                      Travis D. Crockett & The Powerful Voices of Praise
3:30 – 4 p.m.                           Jonathan Traylor

Millennium Park: Jay Pritzker Pavilion
5:30 – 6 p.m.                          Praise Party featuring All Nations Worship Assembly Praise Team
6:10 – 6:55 p.m.                      “Amazing Grace,” celebrating the music of the Aretha Franklin
7:05 – 7:50 p.m.                      The Music of Percy Bady and Percy Gray
8 – 9 p.m.                                Ricky Dillard and New G (Reunion Choir)

Saturday, June 1

Millennium Park: North Promenade Tent
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.                        Kids Activities and vendors

Spirit Stage
Noon – 12:10 p.m.                   Celestial Ministries Drum Line
12:15 – 12:35 p.m.                    Min. Shannon T. Lowe featuring FYRE Choir and Jr. Vessels of Victory Apostolic Church
12:40 – 12:55 p.m.                   Musical Arts Institute Jubilate Ensemble
1 – 1:15 p.m.                             A4L
1:25 – 1:50 p.m.                       Bridgette Hurt
2 – 2:25 p.m.                           Tone Ross & INSPIRED
2:35 – 3 p.m.                           Ron Poindexter
3:10 – 3:50 p.m.                      ChicagoMade featuring the Stars of Heaven and VJ McCoy and Worship Experience
4 – 4:30 p.m.                           Pastor Daniel X. Smith & NSMIC

Millennium Park: Jay Pritzker Pavilion
5 – 9 p.m.                                 The Stellar Awards will present a celebration honoring Black Music Month and the National Museum of Gospel Music featuring Charles Jenkins, Brian Courtney Wilson, James Fortune & FIYA, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Anthony Brown, Casey J., and Maranda Curtis.

For the latest updates, visit chicagogospelmusicfestival.us and follow #ChiGospelMusic on social media.