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.)

Friday, September 1 - House, 6-9 p.m.
Performers: Dwayne "Diz" Washington

Saturday, September 2 - Argentine Tango, 6-9:30 p.m.
Performers: Redwood Tango Trio (Argentine Tango)
Instructors: Tango 21 (Argentine Tango)

Sunday, September 3 - Contra and Square Dance, 6-9:30 p.m.
Performers: Volo Bogtrotters (Country and Square Dance)
Instructors: Paul Tyler (Caller)

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

Friday, September 8 - Afrobeat, 6-9:30 p.m.
Performers: Underground System (Afrobeat)
Instructors: Kimosha P. Murphy (Dances from the African Diaspora)
Part of World Music Festival Chicago

Saturday, September 9 - Argentine Tango, 6-9:30 p.m.
Performers: Duo Scofano-Minetti (Argentine Tango)
Instructors: American Tango Institute (Argentine Tango)
Part of World Music Festival Chicago

Sunday, September 10 - Cajun, 4-7 p.m.
Performers: Feufollet (Cajun)
Instructors: Louie Stallone + Monica Vachlon (Cajun Two-Step + Waltz)
Part of World Music Festival Chicago

Thursday, September 14 - Bhangra, 6-9 p.m.
Performers: Kalapriya presents Bhangra Blowout with DJ + Live Dhol
Instructors: Kalapriya (Bhangra)
Part of World Music Festival Chicago + Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Willye B. White Park, 1610 Howard St.


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