If we are to believe Bacon in Footloose, Alex Owens in Flashdance, or Turbo and/or Ozone in Breakin', dancing is the ultimate release. It has mystical powers like turning a "country girl" into a "city girl" or launching Channing Tatum's career (don't tell me you didn't see any of the Step Up movies).

Worried you're not going to get your dancing fix while in Chicago? You're about to get served (seriously, I'm done with the dance movie references... or am I?)! The City of Chicago hosts SummerDance events throughout the months of June, July, August, and September, so you are guaranteed to be able to get your dance on.


Starting June 27, head on down to Grant Park's Spirit of Music Garden for SummerDance Chicago. The events take place Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings and feature local artists in all different types of music and dance.

Worried that your moves are less than stellar? Relax. Each evening begins with an hour-long dance lesson in the style being featured that night.

Thursdays through Saturdays, the lessons go from 6-7, while on Sundays, they are from 4-5. After that, two hours of live music and an open dance floor all you to show off your newly learned moves. The music takes place 7:30-9:30 Thursday through Saturday, and from 5-7 on Sunday.


Whatever type of dance or music you're into, there's a SummerDance for you. From Swing and Funk to Argentine Tango and traditional Slavic folk dancing, many nationalities, music styles, and movements are represented. For the complete list, click here.

Now, get out there and turn it loose, bust a move, and/or cut a rug.

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