12 weeks. 48 live bands. And a restored 4,900 square foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor.

Come out to Grant Park for Chicago SummerDance from June 23 to September 10 for dancing and FREE instructional lessons on everything from Bachata to Ballroom. Or simply sit back and enjoy live music under the stars.

Showcasing dance styles from all corners of the globe, this annual event (now in its 21st year) takes place every weekend Friday to Sunday. One hour, introductory lessons led by professional instructors are followed by two hours of live music and dancing:

Fridays & Saturdays

  • Dance Lessons: 6:00-7:00 pm
  • Live Music & Dancing: 7:30-9:30 pm


  • Dance Lessons: 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Live Music & Dancing: 5:00-7:00 pm



Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park
(601 S. Michigan Ave. betwen Harrison St. and Balbo Dr.)

Thursday, August 3 - Salsa, 6-9 p.m.
Performers: Carpacho y Su Super Combo (Colombian, Salsa)
Instructors: Denita Inez & Desueño (Salsa)
Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave.

Thursday, August 10 - Swing, 6-9:30 p.m.
Performers: Petra van Nuis Quintet (‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s Classic Swing)
Instructors: Dancing with Class (East Coast Swing)
Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Jackson Park Grove 6B, 1971 E. Hayes Dr.

Friday, August 11 - House, 6-9 p.m.
Performers: Tyree Cooper

Saturday, August 12 - Steppin', 6-9:30 p.m. 
Performers: National Steppers Society (Steppin')
Instructors: Kenneth Watkins (Steppin')

Sunday, August 13 - Swing, 4-7 p.m.
Performers: The Main Stem Orchestra (‘30s & ‘40s Pre-Bop era Swing)
Instructors: Kasper Dance Studio (Swing/Jive)

Thursday, August 17 - Salsa, 6-9 p.m.
Performers: Orquesta Charangueo (Afro-Cuban Jazz, ChaChachá, Cuban Son and Mambo)
Instructors: May I Have This Dance (Salsa) 
Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave.

Friday, August 18 - Kizomba + Bachata, 6-9:30 p.m.
Performers: DJ Just Jacob (Kizomba, Modern Bachata)
Instructors: Latin Street Dancing (Kizomba, Bachata)

Saturday, August 19 - Cumbia, 6-9:30 p.m.
Performers: SONORAMA DJ Collective (Cumbia)
Instructors: Latin Rhythms (Cumbia)

Sunday, August 20 - Cajun, 4-7 p.m. 
Performers: The Revelers (Cajun, Zydeco + Swamp Pop)
Instructors: Louie Stallone + Monica Vachlon (Cajun Two-Step + Waltz)

Thursday, August 24 - Salsa + Cha-Cha, 6-9 p.m.
Performers: Angel d'Cuba (Salsa)
Instructors: Latin Street Dance (Salsa)

Friday, August 25 - Line Dancing, 6-9:30 p.m.
Performers: DJ Boolumaster (Classic House, Disco)
Instructors: The Thomas Twins (Line Dancing)

Saturday, August 26 - SummerDance Celebration, Noon-10 p.m.
Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

Sunday, August 27 - Bollywood, 4-7 p.m.
Performers: DJ Naveen Kumar (Bollywood)
Instructors: Bollywood Groove (Bollywood)

Please note: Schedule is subject to change. For the very latest on Chicago SummerDance events, visit or get updates on Facebook and Twitter @SummerDanceChi.