Make Music Chicago, a completely free musical celebration across Chicago, is returning for its fifth annual event on the first day of summer and longest day of the year on Sunday, June 21. Celebrating the ability of everyone to participate in music-making, Make Music Chicago brings together people of all ages and backgrounds - amateurs and professionals alike - to perform live music of all genres in public spaces. It's Father's Day, too, and is a great event that can be enjoyed by kids and dads alike! If you're looking to experience live music, this is one of the summer's top don't-miss events.
This year, you'll find music in every corner of the city: 200 performances will be held in 80 locations in more than 20 Chicago neighborhoods from sunrise to sunset. Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square, Old Town School of Folk Music, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art, the recently opened 606 Bloomingdale Trail and Chicago Riverwalk plus over 30 Chicago Park District sites, including the new Maggie Daley Park - all will be transformed by the power of music, from sunrise to sunset.
For families, Make Music Chicago includes multiple family-friendly concerts throughout the day, including at Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark St.), Old Town School of Folk Music in Lincoln Park (909 W. Armitage Ave.) and Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington St.). At Lincoln Park Zoo, woodwind ensemble Quintet Attacca will perform their interactive "Peter and the Wolf" show where different characters of the story are represented by different instruments from 11:30 a.m. – noon, while kids of all ages familiar with the popular Suzuki Method for Music are invited to join in playing popular tunes at the Sea Lion Pool at noon. Our city's newest amazing park, Maggie Daley Park, will host The Lucky Trikes (12:15 - 1 p.m.) in their playground for a read and sing-along story time.
A complete list of performance sites can be found at makemusicchicago.com, but here are some of the highlights:
River North St. James Cathedral (65 E. Huron Street): 2 - 3 p.m. Rush Hour Concert presents a two-part, hour-long concert featuring singers from the Lyric Opera's Ryan Opera Center followed by a performance of James Whitbourn's "Luminosity" performed by Artistic Director Anthony Devroye with contemporary choral group Cor Cantiamo.
South Shore Steelworkers Park (87th Street at US 41): noon - 4 p.m. Open drum circle presented by Under the Bridge Art Studio Harmonica Blowout play-along led by Old Town School of Music teacher Skip Landt with free harmonicas provided by Hohner.
Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Avenue) Chicago Symphonic Winds Back Terrace: 2 –5 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street) Randolph Square, noon – 5:30 p.m. Ravinia Jazz Scholars, Volcano Radar, Court & Country, and DJ Purple Preston Bradley Hall: 3:30 – 4:30 pm Rush Hour Concerts Community Engagement featuring youth from the Back of the Yards neighborhood with performances from the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Links Youth Ensemble to follow.
Two hundred Make Music Chicago events take place throughout the day, so for a complete and up-to-the-minute list of events, visit makemusicchicago.com/listings. Programming is subject to change.