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Chicago Summerdance July 2019 Events

JUNE 27 – AUG. 24, 2019​  • FREE ADMISSION • GRANT PARK

Head to Grant Park for Chicago SummerDance and get ready for 12 weeks of music and dance. Learn from the pros during free dance lessons on everything from bachata to ballroom, featuring a massive open air dance floor and live music under the stars.

Showcasing dance styles from all corners of the globe, this annual event (now in its 23rd year) takes place every weekend Friday to Sunday. The evening starts with a one-hour dance lesson, following by two hours of live music and dancing. This year, you'll also find SummerDance popping up in parks around the city. All events are free and open to the public.

Fridays & Saturdays

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

Sundays

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

JULY 2019 SCHEDULE

Wednesday, July 3, 6 – 9 p.m.

SummerDance in the Parks
Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave.
SALSA, CHA-CHA & MERENGUE

  • Yambeque (Salsa, Cha-cha, Latin Jazz)
  • Latin Rhythms (Salsa, Cha-cha)

Thursday, July 4, 6 – 9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden
Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.
ZYDECO

  • Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience (Zydeco)
  • Buddy Bates and Susan Kaufman (Zydeco Two-step)

Friday, July 5, 6 – 9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden
Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.
SALSA

  • Afinca'o (Salsa, Mambo)
  • Mixed Motion Art Dance Academy (Salsa)

Saturday, July 6, 6 – 9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden
Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.
CUMBIA

  • Son Monarcas (Cumbia, Son)
  • Latin Rhythms (Cumbia)

Sunday, July 7, 4 – 7 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden
Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.
EASTERN EUROPEAN FOLK DANCING

  • Dardania (Albanian Folk Music)
  • Altin Naska (Balkan & Eastern European Folk Dances)

Wednesday, July 10, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

SummerDance at Taste of Chicago
Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr.
STEPPIN'

  • DJ Calvin (Chicago Steppin')
  • Majestic Gents (Chicago Steppin')

Thursday, July 11, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

SummerDance at Taste of Chicago
Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr.
MOTOWN & R&B

  • Lynne Jordan & The Shivers (Motown & R&B)
  • Dawud and Lura Shareef  (Chicago Bop)

Friday, July 12, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

SummerDance at Taste of Chicago
Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr.
SALSA

  • Willito Otero y su Orquesta (Salsa)
  • Dance Academy of Salsa (Salsa)    

Saturday, July 13, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

SummerDance at Taste of Chicago
Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr.
HOUSE

  • DJ Chip E. (House DJ set)    

Sunday, July 14, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

SummerDance at Taste of Chicago
Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr.
COUNTRY

  • The Lawrence Peters Outfit (Honky-tonk Country)
  • Jeffrey Cannon (Country Two-step, Waltz)

Wednesday, July 17, 6 – 9 p.m.

SummerDance in the Parks
Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1301 N. Sacramento Ave.
BOMBA

  • Leró Martínez and Bomba con Buya (Bomba)
  • La Escuelita Bombera de Corazón at SRBCC (Bomba)

Thursday, July 18, 6 – 9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden
Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.
SWING

  • Outcast Jazz Band (Big Band Swing)
  • Big City Swing (East Coast Swing)

Friday, July 19, 6 – 9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden
Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

SALSA

  • Angel d’Cuba (Salsa)
  • Denita Inez & Desueño Dance (Salsa)

Saturday, July 20, 6 – 9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden
Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.
BRAZILIAN SAMBA

  • Casuarina (Samba)
  • Edilson Lima (Samba)

Sunday, July 21, 4 – 7 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden
Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.
BALLROOM

  • Teddy Lee Orchestra (Ballroom)
  • Arthur Murray Dance Center (Foxtrot, Rhumba)

Wednesday, July 24, 6 – 9 p.m.

SummerDance in the Parks
Jackson Park Grove 6B, 1700 Columbia Dr.
STEPPIN'

  • DJ Eric "ET" Taylor (Chicago Steppin')
  • Black Diamond Elite Steppers (Chicago Steppin')

Thursday, July 25, 6 – 9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden
Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.
CUMBIA

  • (((Sonorama))) DJ Collective (Cumbia)
  • Latin Rhythms (Cumbia)      

Friday, July 26, 6 – 9 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden
Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.
HOUSE 

  • DJ Duane Powell (House DJ set)

Saturday, July 27, 2 – 5 p.m.

SummerDance Downs in the Park
Hamilton Park Cultural Center, 513 W. 72nd St.

Saturday, July 27, 6 – 9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden
Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.
ARGENTINE TANGO

  • Tango 21 presents: An Evening of Tango Dance and Theatre
  • Tango 21 (Tango)

Sunday, July 28, 4 – 7 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden
Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.
BACHATA

  • Reverie DJs Papi & Just Jacob (Bachata DJ set)
  • Jonathan Rivera from Latin Street (Bachata)

Wednesday, July 31, 6 – 9 p.m.

SummerDance in the Parks
Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Ave.
SALSA

  • DJ El Caobo Internacional (Salsa DJ set)
  • Denita Inez & Desueño Dance (Salsa)

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

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