The Year of Chicago Music is here and it’s starting off on an exciting note. The recently announced Chicago In Tune music festival will take over venues across the city this summer with more than two weeks of live local music.

The Chicago In Tune lineup will feature some of Chicago’s most talented bands and musicians, performing in every corner of the city from May 21 – June 7. The 18-day festival will include free and ticketed events that span genres as diverse as hip hop, indie rock, experimental, jazz, Latinx, classical, and more.

Chicago Gospel Music Festival

Performances will take place in some of the city’s most unique and historic venues, including:

  • Lyric Opera
  • Chicago Sinfonietta
  • People’s Music School
  • Little Kids Rock
  • Chicago Blues Revival
  • Blues Heaven Foundation
  • Logan Center for the Arts
  • Irish American Heritage Center
  • Refuge Live
  • Old Town School of Folk Music 
  • The Promontory
The 2019 Chicago Blues Festival in Millennium Park, June 2019.
Photo courtesy city of Chicago

This new celebration will span three of the city’s biggest free outdoor music festivals, which spotlight genres born and innovated in Chicago:

Chicago House Music Festival (May 21 – 23) features DJs and live performances showcasing the various sounds and styles of house music, the genre born in Chicago that has gone on to revolutionize dance music internationally. The festival will be headlined at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion by Steve “Silk” Hurley of S&S Chicago, a four-time Grammy Award-nominated DJ and producer.

Chicago Gospel Music Festival (May 26 – 30) is the largest free, outdoor gospel music festival of its kind. The fest celebrates the genre’s deep Chicago roots with performances from top local and national gospel artists representing both traditional and contemporary styles. Headlining the event is the award-winning artist Kirk Franklin who has garnered multiple Grammy Awards for his fusions of gospel and contemporary music. 

Chicago Blues Festival (June 5 – 7) features a diverse lineup celebrating the genre’s past, present and future, while shining a spotlight on the city’s rich blues tradition. The lineup will feature blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland, Candi Staton, and guitarist, Eric Gales also known as “Raw Dawg”.

Green Mill Jazz Club
Photo courtesy City of Chicago

The Chicago In Tune music festival will kickoff with a free concert featuring over 5,000 singers at the Chicago Children’s Choir’s Paint the Town Red event in Millennium Park at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 21. The program is then followed by a special Chicago In Tune program at the City Market at Daley Plaza in the Loop. A full listing of participating events will be announced closer to the festival.

Learn more about the Year of Chicago Music, including more music festivals, unique Chicago venues, playlists curated by locals, and more about Chicago’s rich musical legacy.