Menu

Explore Chicago's neighborhoods with Chicago SummerDance In The Parks, which brings the popular downtown dance festival to community parks across the city on Thursdays and Saturdays, July 13 to September 14. Join in with the locals for live music, dancing and instructional lessons — all FREE!

Programmed by the Chicago Park District, these fun evenings begin with one hour of introductory lessons led by professional instructors, followed by two hours of live music and dancing.

CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE IN THE PARKS


Thursdays

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

Saturdays

  • Dance Lessons: 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Live Music & Dancing: 4:00-6:00 pm

 

2017 SCHEDULE



Thursday, July 13 - Bomba, 6-9 p.m.
Performers: Bomba con Buya (Plena + Bomba)
Instructors: Ivelisse Diaz with La Escuelita Bombera de Corazon (Plena + Bomba)
Location: Humboldt Park Boathouse (1301 N. Sacramento Ave.)

Saturday, July 15 - Steppin' SummerDance-Off, 6-9:30 p.m.
Location: Washington Park Refectory (5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.)

Thursday, July 20 - Salsa + Bachata, 6-9 p.m.
Performers: El Caobo (Salsa, Mambo, Bachata)
Instructors: Denita Inez & Desueño (Salsa + Bachata)
Location: Ping Tom Memorial Park (300 W. 19th St.)

Saturday, July 22 - Footwork SummerDance-Off, 2-5 p.m.
Location: Hamilton Park Cultural Center (513 W. 72nd St.)

Thursday, July 27 - Salsa, 6-9 p.m.
Performers: Aguzate (Vintage Salsa DJ set)
Instructors: Denita Inez (Salsa)
Location: Humboldt Park Boathouse (1301 N. Sacramento Ave.)

Saturday, July 29 - Steppin' SummerDance-Off, 2-5 p.m.
Location: Austin Town Hall Park (5610 W. Lake St.)

Thursday, August 3 - Salsa, 6-9 p.m.
Performers: Carpacho y Su Super Combo (Colombian, Salsa)
Instructors: Denita Inez & Desueño (Salsa)
Location: 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)
Location: Jackson Park Grove 6B (1971 E. Hayes Dr.)

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)
Location: Portage Park (4100 N. Long Ave.)

Thursday, August 24 - Salsa + Cha-Cha, 6-9 p.m.
Performers: Angel d'Cuba (Salsa)
Instructors: Latin Street Dance (Salsa)
Location: Willye B. White Park (1610 Howard St.)

Thursday, September 7 - Swing, 6-9 p.m.
Performers: The Flat Cats (Jump Blues, Swing)
Instructors: Fred Astaire Dance Studio - West Loop (Jitterbug)
Location: Ping Tom Memorial Park (300 W. 19th St.)

Thursday, September 14 - Bhangra, 6-9 p.m.
Performers: Kalapriya presents Bhangra Blowout with DJ + Live Dhol
Instructors: Kalapriya (Bhangra) 
Location: Willye B. White Park (1610 Howard St.)


Please note: Schedule is subject to change. For the very latest on Chicago SummerDance in downtown Grant Park and Chicago SummerDance in the Parks, visit chicagosummerdance.org or get updates on Facebook and Twitter @SummerDanceChi.

Book A Trip