Come out to Grant Park for Chicago SummerDance and get ready for 12 weeks of music and dance: FREE instructional lessons on everything from Bachata to Ballroom and live music under the stars.

Showcasing dance styles from all corners of the globe, this annual event (now in its 22nd 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


SummerDance In The Parks - Willye B. White Park

Wednesday, August 1 - Folk Dances & Music from India

  • Ishti presents Pulse of India: An Evening of Folk Dance & Music
  • Ishti Dance (Bhangra and Giddha of Punjab, Raas-Garba of Gujarat, Kalbelia and Ghoomar of Rajasthan, Sambalpuri from Odisha)

August 2 - 5 

  • No Summerdance programming in the Spirit of Music Garden due to Lollapalooza.  

SummerDance In The Parks - Portage Park​

Wednesday, August 8 - Salsa

  • Carpacho y Su Super Combo (Colombia, Salsa)
  • Denita Inez (Salsa, Cha-cha)

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden​

Thursday, August 9 - Bomba

  • Bomba con Buya (Bomba)
  • Ivelisse Diaz with La Escuelita Bombera de Corazon (Bomba)

Friday, August 10 - House (6-9pm - no break)

  • Forever Monna

Saturday, August 11 - Bachata

  • El Caobo Internacional (Bachata DJ Set)
  • Stephanie “La Lobita” Wolfson (Bachata)

Sunday, August 12 - Country

  • The Hoyle Brothers (Honky-Tonk Country)
  • Jeffrey Cannon (Country Two-Step)

SummerDance In The Parks - Jackson Park Grove 6b​

Wednesday, August 15 - Steppin'

  • National Steppers Society (Chicago Steppin’)
  • Ken Watkins (Chicago Steppin’)

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Thursday, August 16 - World Music & Bollywood

  • Funkadesi (Bollywood, Bhangra, Reggae & Funk)
  • Bollywood Groove (Bollywood)

Friday, August 17 - Contra & Square Dance

  • Golden Horse Ranch Band (Country & Square Dance)
  • Annie Coleman (Square and Contra Dancing, Line Dancing, Polka, Waltz)

Saturday, August 18 - Salsa & Mambo

  • Mannix Martinez: A Tribute to the Legends featuring Yvonne Curet & Jeffrey Martinez (Salsa)
  • Mixed Motion Art (Mambo)

Sunday, August 19 - Ballroom

  • Teddy Lee Orchestra (Ballroom)
  • Fred Astaire Dance Studio - West Loop (Waltz, Bolero)

SummerDance In The Parks - Austin Town Hall Park​

Saturday, August 18 - SummerDance Dance Downs In The Park

  • 2-5pm

SummerDance In The Parks - Humboldt Park Boathouse​

Wednesday, August 22 - Salsa, Mambo & Cha-Cha

  • Agúzate DJ Crew (Vintage Salsa DJ Set)
  • Dance Academy of Salsa (Mambo & Cha-cha)

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden​

Thursday, August 23 - Argentine Tango

  • Redwood Tango Trio (Argentine Tango)
  • American Tango Institute (Argentine Tango)

Friday, Augsut 24 - Salsa, Mambo & Cha-Cha

  • Charanga Tropical (Salsa with Strings)
  • Arthur Murray Dance Center (Salsa)

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