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10 Free Things To Do in Chicago in July

Saturday, July 1, 2017 11:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Summer is in full-swing in Chicago, and if you’re tired of going to BBQs and the beach, there are a ton of other free events and activities our fine city has to offer, including film screenings, art festivals, music events and one of the country’s biggest food festivals!

Nothing celebrates the joy of summer better than the annual Chicago SummerDance Festival. Combine the beauty of Grant Park's Spirit of Music Garden with warm weather and the fun of live music and dance, and you have the ultimate  Chicago weekly summer event. And it's all free!

Chicago SummerDance June and July Highlights

Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:00 AM by Andrew Morrell


Of the many arts and culture activities Chicago has to offer during the summer, few are as unique and exciting as Chicago SummerDance. Running June 26-September 13 in Grant Park's Spirit of Music Garden, SummerDance combines a basic dance workshop with a live music performance, making for the perfect night out. If you've always wanted to learn swing, mambo, salsa or any other traditional dance style, you'll have an amazing (and free!) opportunity at SummerDance. Even if you're not in the mood to groove, you can still enjoy the tunes and moves in the company of friends and picnic food.


The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, Chicago is buzzing with outdoor activity... it's about that time again. The 18th Annual Chicago SummerDance returns to Friday June 27 for a three month run in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park. As the largest annual outdoor live music and dancing series in the U.S., SummerDance has big things - and big moves! - planned for all you Chicagoans who love to dance (and those who want to learn!)

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